Historic 1st in USC depth chart

Check out the USC depth chart for the Fresno State opener and see what's new, what's never happened before and what's the same old same old for the Trojans.

Almost no surprises and -- unlike last year -- very few "ORs" in the USC depth chart for the Fresno State game announced Sunday evening. Freshman Ajene Harris is the starting slot receiver, but we knew that was coming.

George Farmer also gets the start at wide receiver with Nelson Agholor with freshman Juju Smith and Adoree Jackson second team although Jackson is second team at corner as well backing up Kevon Seymour while Chris Hawkins is listed behind Josh Shaw at the other corner.

As expected with Khaliel Rodgers' knee injury, USC will start two true freshman on the O-line, Toa Lobendahn at left guard and Damien Mama at right guard, for the first time, as USC notes, in the post-World War II Era when records became available. Only three other true freshmen O-linemen have ever started an opener -- Brad Budde in 1976, Travis Claridge in 1996 and Kris O'Dowd in 2007. The last freshman to start a game in the O-line was Max Tuerk, who did so the final six games in 2012. And only once -- for three games in 1996 -- has USC ever started two freshmen in any games -- Claridge and Faaesea Mailo. So this could be a truly big deal here.

The only positions with "OR" designated for nonspecialists are at defensive end where Claude Pelon and Delvon Simmons share the spot and free safety where Leon McQuay III and Gerald Bowman are listed.

For specialists, Jackson is listed second behind Agholor on punt returns and second in a group of five that also includes MLB Hayes Pullard on kickoff returns with no starter listed.

No decision yet on snappers, long or short, between returnees Peter McBride and Zach Smith.


USC will mark the Heisman Trophy anniversaries of Charley White (1979) and Matt Leinart (2004) and the national championships of the 1974 and 1979 seasons as well . . . also to be honored with a special helmet decal is the late Trojan athlete, Olympian and World War II hero Louis Zamperini . . . also Trojan All-American Tony Boselli's recent induction into the College Football Hall of Fame will be recognized.


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