USC Football

Success Stories: Coach Tim Drevno's Offensive Lineman

July 31, 2020

USC is bringing in a huge offensive line class in 2020 and with Austin Jackson departing for the NFL and Drew Richmond graduating, the Trojans will look to fill the void that their two tackles leave behind. Returning for the Trojans are Alijah Vera-Tucker, Brett Neilon, Jalen McKenzie, Andrew Vorhees, among others. In the past Coach Drevno has shown the ability to help develop talents, and he will have the challenge of creating a cohesive five-man unit that will look to keep Kedon Slovis healthy this upcoming season.

Joe Staley(SF 49ers, 2011-2013)

Staley was drafted by the 49ers in the 2011, but took a leap in 2011 when Coach Drevno became the offensive line coach for Jim Harbaugh’s squad. Staley made the Pro Bowl for the first in 2011, starting a streak that would extend to 2013. Additionally, he made 2nd Team All-Pro during that stretch as well. Staley retired this past season at the age of 35.

Mike Iupati(SF 49ers, 2011-2013)

Like Staley, Iupati was already on the roster when Drevno arrived to the Bay, but took a leap during that time period. Iupati made the Pro Bowl in 2012 and 2013, and was named a 1st Team All-Pro as a guard in 2012. Iupati played for the Seattle Seahawks in 2019.

Jake Scott(5th Round Selection(2004), Indianapolis Colts)

Scott played for Drevno from 2000-2002 at Idaho. Scott was a 4-year starter and was able to leverage his production into a 5th round selection. He went on to play 9 years in the NFL with the Colts, Titans, Eagles, and Lions.

Austin Jackson(1st Round Selection(2020), Miami Dolphins)

Jackson, USC’s most recent 1st round draft pick, played extensively at left tackle during his three seasons in Los Angeles, including two under Drevno. An extremely versatile athlete, he was named first team All Pac-12 in 2019. 

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