USC defender talks position switch

Dion Bailey played free safety at Los Angeles-area Lakewood High School, but spent the first part of his career with the USC Trojans at outside linebacker. Now, he's moving back to the secondary, and he couldn't be happier about it.

“I never really found out how to play linebacker,” Bailey tells Johnny Curren of WeAreSC on ESPN.com. “I was just in there running around, avoiding people ... just using my speed to get around guys that were 100 to 120 pounds bigger than me.”

Bailey isn't guaranteed a starting spot, though, Curren talks about the competition in the defensive backfield:


Johnny Curren

McQuay, Wright want to start too

"Bailey is well aware that he isn’t going to be able to just walk in and grab the starting free safety role without having to prove himself first, particularly with senior Demetrius Wright and early entrant freshman standout Leon McQuay III battling for the same spot. Possessing the most game experience of any member of the competition -- albeit at a different position -- prepares him for the challenge, and it’s something that he believes will ultimately help all of those involved in the long run."