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USC roundtable: Picking team captains

Give your picks for the 2015 USC team captains, choose two each for offense and defense along with one roving pick.

Garry Paskwietz

Cody Kessler: I don't think there's any question about this choice. Cody is the undisputed leader of the team and he's very comfortable in the role.

Max Tuerk: Also a no-brainer but for slightly different reasons than his roommate Kessler. Max isn't as much of a vocal leader but the foundation he provides in the middle of the line commands the absolute respect of his teammates.

Antwaun Woods: When Woods arrived at USC I would not have pegged him as a future captain but this is a testament to how much he has grown in his time with the Trojans, and his leadership will be needed for a defensive line group that needs to step up in the fall.

Kevon Seymour: This would be a popular choice among the players. Seymour has become a steadying veteran presence in the secondary and you can't underestimate how important that is in a conference that relies so much on the passing game.

Su'a Cravens: It was no accident that Cravens moved in with Kessler and Tuerk after Nelson Agholor moved out, to help his leadership skills develop as his on-field profile expands even more this year.

Johnny Curren

Cody Kessler: One of two returning captains from the 2014 season, and the unquestioned leader of the offense, the veteran fifth-year senior quarterback is a no-brainer here.

Max Tuerk: The other returning captain, Tuerk is another obvious choice. He's a tried and tested senior who anchors the offensive line at center, and with 33 career starts under his belt, he's one of those lead-by-example types that the other players on the team really respect.

Su'a Cravens: With Leonard Williams off to the NFL, Cravens now stands as the face of the Trojans defense. A tireless worker with unique instincts and playmaking ability, the junior linebacker was noticeably more vocal this past spring -- a sign that he's eager to step into the role of a team leader.

Antwaun Woods: Woods, a redshirt senior nose tackle who is entering his third year as a starter, is arguably the most vocal player on the team, and he's someone that the other players really seem to respond to.

JuJu Smith: Sure, he's only going into his sophomore season, but Smith's emergence as a leader this offseason has been hard not to notice. He played a driving role in organizing the winter throwing sessions, and he was noticeably vocal during those workouts. He still might only be 18 years old, but he sure doesn't act like it.

Greg Katz

Cody Kessler: If the Heisman Trophy was based on leadership skills, he'd be a two-time winner already.

Max Tuerk: Max may not be the most vocal of performers, but he leads by a relentless work ethic, which already has translated into All-Pac-12 first team.

Su'a Cravens: This All-Pac-12 selection is the entire package from leadership to physical gifts and will be the heart and soul of the 2015 defense.

Antwaun Woods: This senior has the ability to lead the defensive line and is a very enthusiastic and vocal player.

Soma Vainuku: Soma is considered one of the Pac-12's elite special teams assassins. If you're going to elect a player from the special teams, this is a no-brainer.