USC's seemingly deep wide receiver corp was thin for much of the spring with Robert Woods sitting out of all practices due to ankle surgery and Marqise Lee missing time thanks to his role with the track and field team.
Their absence opened the door for other wideouts to step up and earn the all-important third wide receiver spot. Despite solid performances, De'Von Flournoy, George Farmer and Victor Blackwell all failed to separate themselves from the pack, which means this position battle will continue on into the fall.
We'll start with Farmer who, in my opinion, would have this spot locked up if not for injuries that limited his production throughout the spring.
Farmer, yet another Serra High School star, has tremendous big-play ability. The sophomore's game-breaking speed would make him an excellent downfield threat for Matt Barkley this season, but he hasn't been able to stay healthy during his short USC career.
Flournoy, a redshirt junior, has yet to make an impact in his career as a Trojan, but that changed during the spring. The former Birmingham High School standout was a monster of a target for USC quarterbacks throughout the spring. His ability to run solid routes and create separation has led to a number of receptions this spring.
Blackwell is another player in the mix thanks to a productive spring, but doesn't have as much experience as some of the other receivers he's competing against.
The edge at this point has to go to Flournoy who has been in the system longer than the other two competitors. While all three receivers showed flashes in spring workouts, it was Flournoy who impressed the most, and he should be a high-impact player for much of 2012.
Winner of Third Wide Receiver Battle: De'Von Flournoy