Seymour stepping up as a junior

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USC cornerback Kevon Seymour is still getting used to being called a junior on the football field, but says he's ready to step up in the secondary in 2014.

As a sophomore in 2013 cornerback Kevon Seymour started 11 games, appearing in all 14, for the Trojans and showed steady improvement as the season went on.

Seymour, 6-foot 175-pounds, collected 48 tackles over the year, making one interception which he returned for 17 yards against Oregon State.

Now an upperclassman, Seymour is expected to start at corner for the Trojans once again in 2014. He'll lead a group of young players in the secondary including second year players Leon McQuay and Su'a Cravens.

The second starting cornerback position is still up for grabs.

USC coach Steve Sarkisian said after Saturday's practice he thinks 2014 can certainly be a break out year for Seymour if he makes progress in a few areas -- including his mental game.

"I think with Kevon it is trusting himself," Sarkisian said. "He's a really good football player, and he needs to believe in himself that he can make really special plays.

"He's talented, he's athletic, he's long, he can run. He's smart. He studies and prepares. So I think for him it's really having that knowing and belief in himself that he can make a lot of plays so he's not surprised when those plays present themselves for him to make."

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