For USC's Chris Hawkins, the 2015 season represents a new beginning of sorts. After an up-and-down 2014 campaign in which he started the first four games at cornerback, only to be replaced in the lineup by Adoree' Jackson, the third-year sophomore now finds himself back atop the Trojans depth chart -- this time at his new position, strong safety.
There aren't too many teams across the country that have benefited more than USC in recent years from the ability of players to come in and contribute early, with guys such as Su'a Cravens, Adoree' Jackson and JuJu Smith being three notable examples.
about 1270 days ago | Garry Paskwietz | USC Trojans
LOS ANGELES -- USC head coach Steve Sarkisian took his turn on the phone on Thursday during the Pac-12 football coaches teleconference, revealing that among his biggest concerns for the Trojans heading into the fall is finding the right combination along the offensive line.
USC coach Steve Sarkisian said he expects to name a starting quarterback before the end of spring ball. There were other position battles that took place on the field this spring, as well, and the WeAreSC staffers give their thoughts on the following competitions and who they would name as the starter.
With spring practice set to start back up again for USC next week, here's a look at 10 players who entered the March and April workouts as somewhat hidden commodities but who showed in the first week of spring practice that they just might have the potential to take on a larger role for the Trojans in 2014.
There's definite reason for optimism for first-year USC defensive coordinator Justin Wilcox heading into spring ball. After all, he inherits some key pieces from a unit that finished the 2013 campaign ranked No.
When the 2013 season opened last August, there was a tremendous amount of angst that the USC secondary would have so many holes, it would resemble Swiss cheese. However, the Cardinal and Gold secondary surprised many by finishing second in the Pac-12 in pass defense.
With the 2013 season in the books, here's a look at 10 USC players who have flown under the radar, but who, either through strong performances in their limited opportunities during games, or in practice, have shown that they just might be ready to take on a larger role in 2014.