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USC Coach Steve Sarkisian points to Kam Chancellor for turnover inspiration

Kam Chancellor, Calvin Johnson

Detroit wide receiver Calvin Johnson, left, loses the ball at the goal line on a hit by Seattle safety Kam Chancellor on Monday night.

(Elaine Thompson / Associated Press)

USC Coach Steve Sarkisian looked to Seattle Seahawks safety Kam Chancellor as a means of inspiring the Trojans’ defense to continue its recent turnover surge.

USC, which plays Washington on Thursday night at the Coliseum, capitalized on four turnovers in its 42-14 victory over Arizona State. Sarkisian had made turnovers the theme in his speech to the team the night before.

Sarkisian said that before Tuesday’s closed practice that he showed players a video that ended with footage of Chancellor stripping the ball from Detroit Lions’ receiver Calvin Johnson in the Seahawks’ controversial 13-10 victory on Monday night.

“Just a classic example of punching the ball out and the play not ever being over,” Sarkisian said.

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“So we’re not going to back off that. We think we can be unique that way in creating turnovers.”

USC has intercepted three passes and recovered five fumbles.


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