USC opens the 2016 season against Alabama, and will do it without star linebacker Su'a Cravens.
Cravens, a junior, announced Wednesday that he would forgo his final season of eligibility and make himself available for the 2016 NFL draft.
“After considering all the options and looking into the future, I feel it is in MY best interest to forego my Senior year and declare for the 2016 NFL draft,” Cravens wrote on Twitter. “Playing in the NFL has been a lifelong dream and I feel the opportunity at hand is too good to pass up.”
The 6-foot-1, 225-pound Cravens is a three-year starter. He earned Freshman All-American recognition at safety in 2013 and was...