USC Football: Ranking Trojans' Top Offensive Performers This Season
The USC Trojans' season didn't go exactly as planned. The team was just 7-5—including 5-4 in the Pac-12 South—and dropped its final two games to ranked opponents No. 17 UCLA and No. 1 Notre Dame, giving the Fighting Irish the key to a BCS National Championship berth.
Still, we shouldn't take anything away from the Trojans' top offensive players this season, who put up some impressive numbers.
Here were USC's top three offensive performers from this season:
3. Silas Redd, Junior, RB
Compared to other running backs in college football, Silas Redd was average.
But to the Trojans, Redd was a solid runner who rushed for 817 yards and nine touchdowns on just 150 carries—as he saw a fair share of carries go to teammate Curtis McNeal.
Leaving Penn State after allegations swarmed the historic university, Redd was probably expecting a more productive season, and had he seen more carries, there's no doubt in my mind he would have eclipsed the 1,000-yard mark and scored double-digit touchdowns.
At USC, Redd set a career best in terms of touchdowns and receiving yards. If he stays for his senior year, there's no doubt he'll be a focal point of the Trojans' offense.
2. Matt Barkley, Senior, QB
Before the college football season started, many people had Matt Barkley pegged as the Heisman front-runner. Now that the season is over for the Trojans, no one is mentioning Barkley's name in conversations regarding Heisman candidates.
Nonetheless, Barkley still put together a solid campaign prior to his injury, throwing for 3,273 yards with 36 TDs and 15 INTs for a 157.6 rating and 63.6 completion percentage.
Unfortunately for Barkley and USC, the senior QB's performance declined since 2011, when he threw for more than 3,500 yards and 39 TDs to just seven interceptions.
Despite the backslide, Barkley still ranked within the Top 15 in CFB in terms of touchdown passes and passer rating, so we give credit where it's due.
1. Marqise Lee, Sophomore, WR
Marquis Lee was a complete beast for the Trojans this season, putting his excellent receiving and kick return skills on display.
You'll see Redd and Barkley too, but make no mistake about it, Lee is the star of this ESPN clip (h/t YouTube).
Lee led USC in receptions (112), receiving yards (1,680) and receiving touchdowns (14), a yardage mark that ranked No. 2 in all of college football—second only to Baylor's Terrance Williams.
Lee added an unstoppable dimension to the Trojans' offense, which helped USC to a ranking of 24th in terms of passing yardage.
Arguably the most dominant wideout in college football this season, don't be surprised to see Lee on an NFL roster come the 2013 season.
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