Cameron Smith, Iman Marshall Named Freshman All-Americans|
Dec. 10, 2015
Smith, the Pac-12 Defensive Freshman of the Year, started 9 games in 2015 but suffered a season-ending knee injury in the 10th game (at Colorado). Despite that, he currently is tied for the team lead in tackles with 78 and interceptions with 3. Before getting hurt, he was on pace to be the first true freshman to top the Trojans in tackles in a season since records were first kept in 1954. All 3 of his interceptions (including a 54-yard scoring runback) came against Utah, the most by a Trojan in a game since 1991. He was the first USC true freshman to start an opener at inside linebacker since 1978. Smith enrolled at USC last spring as a semester-early high school graduate.
Marshall has started the past 11 games and has recorded 60 tackles, 3 interceptions and 5 deflections. Two of his picks (along with 4 tackles and 2 deflections) came against UCLA to earn him Pac-12 Defensive Player of the Week notice.