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USC's versatile Ajene Harris finds path to field via rise of nickel defense

Over time, he slipped on the depth chart, so he pitched another position switch to Coach Clay Helton prior to the 2016 season.

Before USC hosted Arizona State in its fifth game, he served as the scout team quarterback in preparation to face Manny Wilkins, the Sun Devils’ dual-threat signal caller.

Over its nine-game winning streak to end last season, the Trojans lined up in their Nickel formation more than 95 percent of the time, according to information collected by, a website.

For USC, its extra athlete is now Harris, the redshirt junior who has for the past seven games been implanted as its starting nickel corner.

When Harris recovered a fumble on a critical drive in the second overtime of USC’s victory over Texas last Saturday, it came when he had the chance to burst into the backfield and scoop up the stripped ball.

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