USC Football

SOURCE: USC to hire Vic So'oto as Defensive Line Coach

February 11, 2020

USC has its new defensive line coach. Sources last night and today confirmed to Scott Schrader of USCSCoop that Virgina defensive line coach Vic So’oto, would be moving west to USC to take on the same role.

So’oto a Carslbad, California native, carries USC ties. He is 2nd cousins with former Trojan legend and hall of famer Junior Seau. So’oto went on to play his college football at BYU and then playing on a few different teams in the NFL.

So’oto was UVA head coach Bronco Mendenhall’s first recruit at BYU when he was the head coach in Provo (UT). 

From the University of Virginia: “In 2018, So'oto's defensive line assisted UVA in finishing No. 12 in the nation in team passing efficiency defense (107.62), No. 16 in passing yards allowed (183.0), No. 20 in the nation in team defense (330.5) and No. 20 in scoring defense (20.1). UVA's 28-0 drubbing of South Carolina in the 2018 Belk Bowl was the first time an SEC team was shutout in a bowl by a non-SEC team since the 1975 Gator Bowl.

In his first season (2017) overseeing the defensive line, Andrew Brown notched 46 tackles, 10.5 tackles for loss and earned an invite to the Senior Bowl. At nose tackle Eli Hanback recorded 58 tackles and 5.5 tackles for loss. Thanks to its pass rush, So'oto coached a defensive front that helped UVA notch the seventh-best pass defense in the nation in 2017.”

USCSCoop will continue to have the latest news on any staff moves as the offseason continues.

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