The USC Trojans ranked 66th in the nation in total defense last year, so having Houston Texans star defensive end J.J. Watt training in the team’s weight room all of this week may have provided the players a positive example to follow as the program looks to get back into playoff and championship contention.
Watt also seemed to enjoy the experience, as he posted this on his personal Twitter page.
Much thanks to Ivan & USC for letting me use the weightroom all week while I'm out here in LA. Much appreciated. pic.twitter.com/54awej3d8J
— JJ Watt (@JJWatt) July 17, 2015
USC enters 2015 missing a key piece of last year’s defense, as Leonard Williams was drafted sixth overall by the New York Jets in the spring. By following Watt’s training regimen the week he was at the school, perhaps head coach Steve Sarkisian and his players found some ideas for how to build off of last season. Considering how the 26-year-old Watt has made three Pro Bowls, has been named Defensive Player of the Year twice and has 295 tackles, 57 sacks, 12 forced fumbles (11 recoveries) and even an interception across his four seasons, he is certainly a positive example to follow.
USC opens the 2015 campaign at home against the Sun Belt’s Arkansas State Red Wolves on September 5.
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