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USC Scoop’s Spring Camp Media Report: Thursdays Are For Defense

April 8, 2021

The personality profiles are so different on the ball's defensive side when listening to the coaches speak.  USC D-Line coach Vic So'oto has a presence about him that leaves no doubt about who is in charge when he's in the room, and on Thursday, So'oto and Tuli Tuipulotu reinforced those feelings.  One other thing that stands out; when the defense is on ZOOM, they're early.  Both Coach So'oto and Tuli Tuipulotu were in the room before I signed on, and I'm usually one of the first media members ready.  The little things like being early mean you won't be late.  I saw the same with Coach Orlando last week.

Today's morning syllabus indicated that Drake Jackson would be a featured speaker; however, Tuli was there in his place, giving everyone their first chance to hear from the more vocal Tuipulotu as his coach described earlier in the week.  I enjoyed listening to Tuli talk about his impressions of spring camp and playing for Vic, but nothing caught my attention more than halfway through the Q & A session when Coach pushed a button and asked Tuli what his role on the D-Line was.  

Like a trained assassin or Judge Dredd, something clicked inside Tuli that had him speaking with a trained cadence that you might see when the Drill Seargent asks you to recite your rifle creed. "Without my rifle, I am useless. I must fire my rifle true. I must shoot straighter than my enemy who is trying to kill me. I must shoot him before he shoots me."--Tuli's words were different, but you get the idea.  This is must-watch stuff!

If this is how disciplined the D-Line will be, from the newest freshman to the most experienced senior, I'm not going to worry about this group being ready when the whistle blows.

Spring is all about establishing the team’s culture and today’s session with the media focused on all aspects.

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