USC spring football review: Safeties

End-of-spring safety depth chart for the USC football team:

Starters: Junior Leon McQuay or third-year sophomore Chris Hawkins and sophomore John Plattenburg


Backups: Senior Ryan Dillard and third-year sophomore Matt Lopes

Incoming: Freshman Marvell Tell and Ykili Ross

Review: Depth is a concern at the position. Only three scholarship players were available.

McQuay and Hawkins alternated reps at free safety.

Coach Steve Sarkisian said McQuay, who lost his starting position to Plattenburg before the Holiday Bowl, "elevated his game" and was playing with more confidence.

Hawkins moved from cornerback and appeared to improve.

Plattenburg listed at strong safety participated in practices despite an ankle injury but was sidelined for the spring game. Sarkisian said he played "fast and physical."

Tell and Ross will join the team in training camp and could contribute immediately.

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