Southern Cal coach Lane Kiffin will look to former Nebraska assistant coach Marvin Sanders to shore up a Trojan pass defense that ranked No. 102 nationally last season.
USC officially announced the hiring of Sanders on Thursday, pulling him away from Florida Atlantic after he was hired by Carl Pelini two months ago to be the Trojans’ defensive coordinator.
“Marvin had great success coaching the defensive backs at Nebraska and we believe that will translate well to our secondary, which is the most critical area we need to improve upon in 2012,” Kiffin said.
USC allowed 263.3 passing yards a game last season. Opponents completed 63.9 percent of their passes with 17 touchdowns and just nine interceptions.
Sanders spent three seasons with Bo and Carl Pelini at NU from 2008 through 2010, then stepped away last February for “personal and family reasons.” He was away from college football last season but spent time with the Omaha Nighthawks of the United Football League.
Sanders is a former Husker player who also was an assistant in 2003 when Bo Pelini was NU defensive coordinator.
USC already is being considered one of the teams that should be among the top two or three when the 2012 preseason polls come out.