Trojan update

In early July we took a look at some of the big questions facing the Trojans as they prepared to enter fall camp. Now that we've completed three games let's review how those questions have been answered to this point in the season:

1) How will the quarterback battle turn out?

Matt Leinart has taken a lot of steps to secure the job and he has led the team to a 3-0 record. Matt has been very efficient and his crushing block of a Hawaii defender will go a long way toward earning him the respect of his teammates. John David Booty will get an extended look in practice this week with the first team offense but it will take a lot at this point to remove Leinart from the line-up this season with the way Matt is playing right now.

2) Will this be the best defensive line in the nation?

The answer to this question is yes. The return of Shaun Cody, even though he isn't 100% yet, has stabilized the middle of the line and gives us a dominant player at each position. Throw in the ability to bring Frostee Rucker or La Juan Ramsey off the bench and you have the best line in the nation.

3) Is it possible for us to lose three starters in the secondary and yet actually improve?

It hurt to lose Kevin Arbet with his experience but the presence of Will Poole has been a major boost. Poole has a similar aggressive style to Marcell Allmond and they form an effective duo against both the run and the pass. Ronald Nunn has looked good so far as he returns from injury and Jason Leach and Darnell Bing have each made big plays thus far in the young season.

4) How will the running back situation play out?

It took a few games to get untracked, to be expected considering the inexperience at TB and the injury to Brandon Hancock, but the flashes of potential give every indication that this group could be special.

5) Will Dennis Slutak help with the kicking game?

So far so good. We've seen improvement from Ryan Killeen as he was a major factor in the opener and Tom Malone has been nothing short of amazing.

6) How will the depth be at tight end?

Dominique Byrd has played well and he brings a lot of athleticism to the position with the absence of Alex Holmes but it would be ideal to see Gregg Guenther become more of a weapon within the offense.


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