The USC Trojans enter 2012 as one of the nation's hottest teams, but a new year brings new starters—and these five players are bound to disappoint.
After finishing 10-2 overall, 2011 proved to be more than just a warm-up year for the Trojans as they prepare for their first season of eligibility after their NCAA sanction years.
Quarterback Matt Barkley made a strong push at the Heisman and his return to USC this year makes him a leading candidate. T.J. McDonald also made the decision to return and his performance in 2011 put him in the running for the Thorpe award.
The emergence of Curtis McNeal, Marqise Lee and Robert Woods is another added plus going into next season but there are big holes to fill on both sides of the ball. Among the key losses to the roster were offensive tackle Matt Kalil, running back Marc Tyler, tight end Rhett Ellison and defensive end Nick Perry.
Replacing those starters will be no walk in the park, and the players next in line for those spots will struggle to produce similar results. Likewise, some experienced players will struggle to adjust to more playing time.