USC Trojans 2010-2011 Season Preview

2009 Total Offense Rank (yards per game): 55
2009 Total Defense Rank (yards per game): 40

A tumultuous offseason is almost over for the USC Trojans. Sanctions on their football team have resulted in the loss of scholarships and the inability to play in a bowl game. New head coach Lane Kiffin (one of the most hated men in Tennessee) will not have the easy path to the PAC 10 title that his predecessor did.

Sophomore quarterback Matt Barkley played well as a true freshman, throwing for over 2,700 yards and 15 touchdowns. He threw too many interceptions though, but that is normal for a young quarterback and those numbers should decrease this year.

Allen Bradford should take over as the starting running back after the loss of leading rusher Joe McKnight. The senior ran for 668 yards and 8 touchdowns, so he should be a 1,000 yard rusher as the feature back. Redshirt junior Marc Tyler will likely challenge for playing time. Freshman recruit Dillon Baxter is the X factor, a player with tremendous speed that could be a game breaker right away.

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The leading receiver from last year is gone, and there is little depth behind him. Senior Ronald Johnson was the second leading receiver and is the only receiver with significant production returning. A big loss is the defection of top receiving recruit Seantrel Henderson.

Leading tackler safety Taylor Mays is gone, as is the rest of the secondary. The best player left is cornerback Shareece Wright who missed all of 2009 for academic reasons. He is very talented and should be the only star defensive back.

Nick Perry is back at defensive end after tying for the team lead with eight sacks. He will play next to Jurrell Casey, one of the top defensive tackles in the country. The line is very deep and should be a strength of the team. All three starting linebackers return to provide continuity, but after the starters, there is almost no depth.

The 2010 version of the Trojans is far different than previous teams. Questions at head coach, skill positions and the secondary make it hard to think that USC will stroll through the PAC 10 as usual.

USC’s over/under on regular season wins : 9.5

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