Although the USC Trojans boast an all-star offensive with many returning stars, it will be extremely important for the defense to keep big time opponents in check.
USC lost several key starters from their 2011 defense to the NFL, including DE Nick Perry, DT Christian Tupou, DT DaJohn Harris, MLB Chris Galippo and LB Shane Horton. That said, the Trojans have begun to fill those holes with some very talented players, including the nation’s No. 59-rated defensive player, Michael Hutchings, who has a chance to play outside linebacker next fall.
Let’s take a closer look at the power rankings for each potential starting defensive Trojan player.