SCPlayBook's Five on the Rise

With the 2007 season less than two weeks away looks at five Trojan players whose stock are on the rise.

David Ausberry WR - 6'4, 225 - RS Freshman

David Ausberry is another big, physical wide receiver in the mold of Mike Williams and Dwayne Jarrett. With Vidal Hazleton banged up during fall camp, Ausberry has emerged as the Trojans second best receiver. Throughout camp, Ausberry has shown the ability to be a big play receiver. He has very good body control and uses his big frame to shield defenders from the ball.

What to watch for: With Patrick Turner and David Ausberry, the Trojans have two intimidating receivers that are over 6'4. Look for the Trojans to use the duo in short yardage situations and in the red zone. Patrick Turner will be the Trojans go-to-guy, but watch for Ausberry to make big plays with his size and freakish athleticism.

Stanley Havili FB - 6'1, 225 - RS Freshman

Stanley Havili is a player that is going to have a big impact on the Trojans offense this year. Havili brings a unique set of skills to the fullback position. He is an adequate lead blocker, but he will make his name in the passing game. Havili is such a smooth athlete that when you see him catching the ball out of the backfield you would swear he was a wide receiver. He has been so impressive in fall camp that Pete Carroll proclaimed, "he is potentially the best fullback we have had since we got here. "

What to watch for: Look for Stanley Havili to give the Trojans yet another threat in the passing game. The fullback position is probably the thinnest spot at USC. So look for Havili to start and get the vast majority of the reps.

Stafon Johnson RB - 6'0, 210 - Sophomore

After struggling for playing time in his freshman year, Stafon Johnson has opened a lot of eyes with his determined effort this off-season. Johnson has always had the skills to be a great tailback and this year he has shown a good work ethic as well. Of all the young running backs on the USC roster Johnson may have the most complete game. Johnson has the speed to runaway from defenders as well as the size to run them over.

What to watch for: Coming into the year it looks like Chauncey Washington will be the Trojans starting tailback. But look for Stafon Johnson to be in the tailback rotation and get carries early. If Johnson gets off to a good start he could become on of the Trojans top two running backs.

Chris Galippo LB - 6'2, 235 - Freshman

Chris Galippo came into fall camp and immediately starting making plays. The freshman from Servite High School is a very smart football player and has quickly picked up the Trojans defensive scheme. Galippo will add depth to the best linebacker unit in college football.

What to watch for: Galippo should get some quality reps at linebacker. But with the Trojans abundance of talent at the spot, Galippo will make his mark on this year's team as a special teams player. If Galippo continues to progress throughout the year he could be a starter as early as next year.

Everson Griffen DE - 6'3, 265 - Freshman

The big freshman defensive end from Arizona has quickly made his presence felt on the practice field. Griffen has been a beast in one-on-one drills and has shown he isn't afraid to mix it up with the upperclassmen. With elite speed of the edge, Griffen could quickly develop into a premiere pass rushing defensive end, something the Trojans lacked last year. The coaches are confident enough in Griffen's ability that he will see alot of early playing time.

What to watch for: Early in the season look for Griffen to be a third down pass rusher. As the year goes on and Griffen gains valuable game experience he could challenge Kyle Moore for the starting defensive end spot. Overall Griffen should become one of the Trojans best pass rushers by the end of the season. Top Stories