Although there remain many questions surrounding USC's 2013 defense (not the least of which is who their defensive coordinator will be) there are also some certainties that should give Trojan fans plenty of reasons to smile next year.
While the defensive backfield will undergo a major facelift, the front seven should be a strength as the Men of Troy try to rebound from the debacle that was their 2012 season.
This article show will take a presumptive look at the defense the Trojans will field next year, admittedly doing so under the burden of uncertainty regarding what kind of defense the new coordinator will employ.
For arguments sake, this projection of the 2013 defense will be predicated on the 4-3 defense the Trojans have run for years and will also assume that NFL eligible juniors will return for their senior year.
So without further delay, let's play Nostradamus and take a look in the crystal ball at next year's defensive depth chart.
Note: Starters are in bold