Not long ago, Rasheem Green discovered the importance of watching film.
Coaches had been harping on it — defensive line coach Kenechi Udeze, Green said, had explained the hours of study required each week of NFL players. But coaching lessons can go only so far. Usually, older teammates are the ones who pass on such lessons and explain what to look for on tape, how to read an opponent.
But USC is mostly devoid of older, experienced players on the defensive line. Green needed a push from elsewhere.
"I actually saw J.J. Watt in those ‘Hard Knocks’ [shows on HBO],” Green said, referring to the Houston Texans’ All-Pro defensive end....