Senior DT Javon Kinlaw (#3) will be the heart of USC’s defensive line in 2019 (Travis Bell/SIDELINE CAROLINA)

Led by senior defensive tackle Javon Kinlaw, the USC defensive line this season figures to be the strongest in years. Defensive tackle Kobe Smith will give USC some more interior size, and defensive end DJ Wonnum, one of the SEC’s top pass rushers, is healthy after an injury laden 2018 seasons. First year coach John Scott, who handles the defensive tackles, has walked into a good situation with the talent at hand. He met with the media Monday morning and expressed a lot of optimism about his group.