USC linebacker Su’a Cravens and cornerback Adoree’ Jackson were named to the watchlist for the Bednarik Award, presented annually to college football’s defensive player of the year.
Cravens, a junior, was a freshman All-American safety in 2013 and was an All-Pac-12 Conference linebacker last season.
Jackson was a Freshman All-American last season. He also returns kicks and plays receiver.
Cravens and Jackson are key players for a defense that must make up for the losses of All-American lineman Leonard Williams and linebacker Hayes Pullard, a four-year starter.
USC opens training camp Aug. 8.
The Trojans play Arkansas State in their opener Sept. 5.