Bailey goes above and beyond for USC

As Dion Bailey stood on the sideline in street clothes with a turf toe injury during the first half of USC's clash with Utah last Saturday, the fourth-year junior safety admits now that he was struggling inside.

“It was extremely difficult,” said Bailey, who has started 29 games in his career at USC. “I love being out there. I live for game day. So not being able to be out there for my team was very hard for me.”

During his time on campus, Bailey has garnered a reputation as one of the defense’s most valuable performers, compiling 196 tackles and eight interceptions. Making the seamless transition from linebacker -- where he started in 2011 and 2012 -- back to his old safety spot this season, the 6-foot and 200-pound veteran has provided a much-needed element of stability to the defensive backfield.