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USC spring preview: Cornerbacks

A look at who is gone and who will be returning at cornerback for USC in 2015

USC begins spring practice March 3. We’ll preview each position group before workouts begin.

Cornerbacks

Key departure: Josh Shaw

Key returning players: Senior Kevon Seymour and sophomore Adoree’ Jackson

Departures: Third-year junior Devian Shelton and redshirt freshman Rahshead Johnson

Returning players: Third-year sophomore Chris Hawkins, sophomore Jonathan Lockett and redshirt freshman Lamont Simmons

Outlook: Seymour, who is preparing for his third season as a starter, is the most experienced player in the secondary. Last season, he intercepted one pass and deflected 14.

Jackson replaced Hawkins as a starter five games into the season. He broke up 10 passes and forced a fumble.

Hawkins, who intercepted a pass and deflected three, and Lockett, who played in 13 games on special teams, could contribute as backups and as a nickel back.

Hawkins also might get a look at safety, where he took reps during bowl practices.

Simmons redshirted and practiced on the scout team.

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