LOS ANGELES – The USC Trojans have hired D’Anton Lynn, UCLA’s defensive coordinator under Chip Kelly, to be their new defensive coordinator after he helped turn around UCLA’s defense in his first season.
Lynn brings experience to the Trojan defense as he attempts to work a miracle after a disappointing season for USC. During his time at UCLA, he successfully improved the team’s defense, which had been ranked No. 87 in 2022. By the end of the 2023 regular season, the defense had improved its ranking to No. 11 in the nation. Under Lynn’s guidance, the defense achieved remarkable results, finishing the regular season ranked first in the nation in rushing defense, allowing only 69.6 yards per game. The defense also ranked second in the nation in yards per rush allowed, at just 2.33, and third in the nation in sacks per game, at 3.42. The opponents’ average yards per game was only 299.0, which was the lowest by a Bruin team since 1992.
Lincoln Riley is thrilled to welcome Lynn to the team, and he will now be one of the highest-paid college coordinators.
“We are thrilled to welcome D’Anton and his family to USC,” said Riley. “We simply couldn’t ask for a better addition to our staff. His successful experiences in both college and the NFL make him the perfect fit for our program. I hope you will join me in welcoming him to the Trojan Family.”
The Bruins’ defense displayed an impressive performance by allowing only three rushing yards in their dominant win over USC towards the end of the regular season. It seems that USC will face a challenging schedule next year, starting with a neutral-site game against LSU in Las Vegas. On the road, they will also play against Michigan, Minnesota, Maryland, Washington, and UCLA. In the Coliseum, the Trojans will welcome Wisconsin, Penn State, Rutgers, Nebraska, and Notre Dame.
In 2017, Lynn held a position as a defensive assistant with the Los Angeles Chargers when his father, Anthony Lynn, was the head coach. His main responsibility was to work with a group of linebackers who were part of the NFL’s best red zone defense. The Chargers defense was one of the strongest in the league, giving up only 17.0 points per game, which was the third-lowest in the league.
USC’s defense is set to receive a significant boost with the return of some crucial players for the 2024 season. Among them is Bear Alexander, who is expected to make a significant impact on the team’s performance. Alexander’s presence on the field will add depth and strength to the defensive line, which will make it harder for opposing teams to penetrate and score.
Another key player who has announced his intention to return is Jamil Muhammad. Muhammad brings a set of skills to the team after having some success under former USC defensive coordinator Alex Grinch. His decision to return will provide a boost to the team’s morale and give them a much-needed edge on the field.
USC’s defense is expected to be much stronger this upcoming season with the return of Alexander and Muhammad. The team’s fans are excited for the start of the season, especially after the announcement of Lynn’s hiring. There is a lot of anticipation for what this season may bring.