USC Football: 8 Players to Be Excited About in 2012

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USC Football: 8 Players to Be Excited About in 2012
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USC returns almost all of its key players from last year's 10-2 campaign and because of that, it's time to get excited about 2012.

With the return of captains Matt Barkley and T.J. McDonald, the Trojans will have senior leaders on each side of the ball trying to guide a young team to the BCS National Championship Game. Surrounding them, however, are plenty of other impact players to be excited about.

The Trojans have arguably the best receiving corps in the nation and bring back an underrated defense that showed great improvement from start to finish in 2011.

Let's take a look at some names that might be popping up on blogs and end-of-season award nomination sheets alike in 2012.

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