Spring battles: receiver

The Trojans return Biletnikoff Award winning receiver Marqise Lee, but Robert Woods announced he won't be returning for his senior season at USC -- opting instead for the NFL draft. How will a new rotation shake out this spring?

De'Von Flournoy, RS senior
De'Von Flournoy will participate in his last spring practices as a redshirt senior. Flournoy. He played in ten games for the Trojans in 2012, recording one reception for 21-yards. This will be Flournoy's last chance to find a consistent role in the offense.

Marqise Lee, junior
No surprise here, Marqise Lee will get top billing going into spring practices. In case you need a refresher, Lee caught 118 passes for 1721 yards in 2012, including 14 touchdowns.

Victor Blackwell, RS sophomore
Victor Blackwell struggled through fall camp, unable to hang on to passes thrown his way. He was quiet through the 2012 season, but received praise from head coach Lane Kiffin during bowl practices. This spring will be another chance for Blackwell to prove he should be in the rotation.

George Farmer, junior
George Farmer will need to prove this spring that he is capable of staying healthy for more than weeks at a time. Farmer, who flashed during fall camp, also spent much of the 2012 season on the sidelines of practice, rehabbing from nagging injuries. If he can manage to put together a healthy spring, it's likely he'll find himself as the third receiver.

Nelson Agholor, sophomore
Robert Woods departed early for the NFL, look for Nelson Agholor to step right in to his vacated spot in the lineup. Agholor caught 19 passes last season for 340-yards and two touchdowns. Though Lee will be the go-to target, Agholor proved last season he too is capable of being a big target and playmaker.

Darreus Rogers, freshman
Originally in the 2012 signing class, Darreus Rogers had to delay enrollment until 2013. Rogers was a four-star recruit in the 2012 class. Now the freshman will compete for the third spot in the receiving rotation behind Lee and Agholor. He got a few practices in with the team during bowl practices in December.

My Prediction: Lee and Agholor will be the starters, Farmer and Rogers will battle it out for the third spot in the rotation.

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