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USC Football vs. Stanford Practice Report: Defense Bringing the Energy

Sep 8, 2021

The Trojan defense prepares to take on Stanford following Saturday's win over San Jose State.

  • Defensive coordinator Todd Orlando was pleased with the defense's week one showing and was especially complimentary of Isaac Taylor-Stuart and Chris Steele's performances Saturday. "A lot of guys stepped up and made plays, I thought we were really good on the outside," Orlando said.
  • Calen Bullock was the first freshman to start at safety for USC since 2013, and his debut did not disappoint. "I was really impressed," said Orlando. "We thought he'd do well, but I think he just looked so comfortable out there, so seasoned, and he never panicked, it was good to see."
  • Orlando expects to see Isaiah Pola-Mao back against Stanford, but still plans on Bullock making an impact on defense. "He's proved that he belongs out there, so as we continue on, he's gonna play a lot," Orlando said.
  • Korey Foreman also made his USC debut against San Jose State and continues to impress Orlando on the field. "I've got confidence in that kid, all the way," Orlando said. "He's come a mile, he's gotten better through practices, and we're not gonna slow him down as a coach."
  • Foreman is embracing every opportunity as a Trojan and looks to continue increasing his role on the field throughout the season. "It's a blessing to be out there, I'm thankful to be out there every single day, every time I put on my helmet, I can't wait to make something new," Foreman said. "Every single day is an opportunity for me to better myself."
  • Jacob Lichtenstein made his return to the Coliseum Saturday for the first time in two years. Lichtenstein had a productive spring and aims to keep up the momentum throughout the season. "All of the hard work, it all leads up to this moment, so let's go out there and do what we love and play some football," he said.