Keys to watch in spring ball

With spring ball less than a month away here are five keys to watch for the Trojans:

Progress on the OL

This has been a long running theme but it also is the top priority we will need to see this offense succeed at a high level.  The graduation of Faaesea Mailo means that we could have a set rotation with Lenny Vandermade and Norm Katnik settling into their starting roles with the wildcard of the bunch being Joe McGuire.  Joe has seen improvement this off season after he came in ranked as one of the best players in the country but so far that hasn't translated on the field in his USC career.

Finding two corners

We lost all three starters from the corner position of last season and the spring will be key to find their replacements.  Kevin Arbet figures to have as good a shot as anybody to earn one spot after his inspired play last year with Darrell Rideaux anxious to have a big senior season and Marcell Allmond being moved from WR to provide a big,athletic option at that spot.  Allmond was an excellent corner in high school and if he can adapt quickly to the move that would be a tremendous bonus for the secondary.  Keep an eye on John Walker, a redshirt freshman who is also a terrific athlete.

Impact of Justin Fargas

We all heard the stories last year about how Fargas lit up the starting defense while playing for the scout team and now is the time to see what he can do as part of the first team offense.  It remains to be seen how healthy Sultan McCullough will be and the status of Malaefou MacKenzie is still up in the air so a strong showing by Justin would go a long way toward reestablishing the running game we want to see.

Timing between Carson and his receivers

With the Norm Chow offense the timing between the QB and WR's is essential and last season fell short of expectations but the players have now had one full year in the system and the results need to show on the field.  The good news is that Keary Colbert has moved into the house that Carson shares with several teammates and that arrangement worked well for CP and Windrell Hayes with excellent chemistry.  His teammates say that Kareem Kelly has become more of a leader this year and if he can raise his game as a complete receiver that would do wonders and we also expect big things from William Buchanan as a redshirt.


The Trojans have two freshmen in Brandon Hancock and Tom Malone who graduated early from high school in order to enroll at USC in time to participate in spring ball and both will compete for starting jobs at positions vacated by seniors. Top Stories