A back-to-back secondary challenge

LOS ANGELES -- With USC’s 2013 season opener at Hawaii just a handful of tropical sunsets away, all conversation regarding the inexperienced Trojans secondary seems as guarded as King Kamehameha's Palace.

There is the sense that the USC secondary has improved in fall camp from its unimpressive spring performance, but it’s sometimes difficult to measure growth when the Trojans’ defensive backfield is dissected daily by two future NFL wide receivers in Marqise Lee and Nelson Agholor and two pro-bound tight ends in Xavier Grimble and Randall Telfer.

While the USC receiving unit has the ability to make most collegiate secondaries appear hopelessly inadequate, the question remains: Has the Trojans’ secondary matured enough against the passing game in fall camp to transition from a liability to a contributing asset?