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USC football: Cornerback Torin Harris praised by Clancy Pendergast

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Though USC lost to Washington State last week, the Trojans defense played well for the second consecutive game--this time with help from cornerback Torin Harris.

Harris, a senior, had been a reserve behind Anthony Brown and Kevon Seymour in the opener against Hawaii, but he earned the start because both suffered injuries.

Harris extinguished a Washington State threat by intercepting a pass in the end zone. He finished with six tackles.

Defensive coordinator Clancy Pendergast said Harris stepped up after playing inconsistently during spring practice and fall camp.

"That's the best he's played," Pendergast said.

Pendergast said the 6-foot, 190-pound Harris can be even better.

"The intriguing thing about it is the skill set," Pendergast said. "He's not tapped out. He's got a chance to be a really good corner."

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