USC defensive back Jonathan Lockett missed last season after undergoing hip surgery. In 2016, he saw spot action and tallied 17 tackles and an interception.
As 2018 rolls along, however, Lockett appears poised to make a big splash in the Trojans secondary.
Joey Kaufman of the Orange County Register highlights Lockett’s progress this spring.
Jonathan Lockett missed 2017 after hip surgery. He’s back and had an interception in each of USC’s spring scrimmages. “I’m real happy and proud for the kid.” https://t.co/nZJLLyfRUi
— Joey Kaufman (@joeyrkaufman) April 8, 2018
From the OC Register:
Lockett has been a standout in USC’s secondary in spring practices after he was sidelined last season following hip surgery. He redshirted as a result and returned for a fifth season.
“I don’t know when was the last time I sat a year in football out,” Lockett said this week. “I think I was 6 years old. It was very tough.”
The surgery on his right hip came at the end of training camp in 2017, eight months after he underwent a similar procedure on his left hip that caused him to the miss the dramatic Rose Bowl victory over Penn State.
USC defensive coordinator Clancy Pendergast also dished out praise for Lockett’s emergence.
“The amount of times that he does things right, the amount of times that he gets his hand on balls, it’s been really impressive,” Pendergast said. “His production has been good, and I’m real happy and proud for the kid.”
With Jack Jones, another USC defensive back, missing spring practice and suspended for the season opener against UNLV, Lockett could find himself in the starting lineup in Week 1.