USC Football: Who Will Be the Next Big Thing at WR for the Trojans?
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Regardless of the success—or in the case of 2012, disappointment—of USC football, one thing that fans of the program can always count on is that the Trojans will feature at least one stud receiver on offense.
In the last three years, the Trojans have been blessed with flanker Robert Woods and wideout Marqise Lee, two of the greatest receivers in the history of the program.
Now with Woods gone to the NFL, it is time for the next great pass-catcher to step up and begin his own legacy for the cardinal and gold.
But who will that be?
The Trojans are blessed with a bevy of talented players at the position, and a case could be made for any of them to join Lee in forming one of the premier tandems in the nation.
The favorite to replace Woods would have to be true sophomore Nelson Agholor.
Agholor had a very nice freshman year, going for 19 passes caught and two touchdowns, and as the year went by, he became more comfortable with the offense, which translated into three starts in the last four games of the season.
Who will start opposite Marqise Lee for the Trojans?
In spring practices, Agholor has picked right up where 2012 left off, as he has accepted the mantle of leadership with the aforementioned Lee sidelined with a minor knee injury.
To be certain, young Nelson has everything needed to be a major weapon for the Trojans, and it will take a colossal effort on the behalf of those aspiring receivers behind him to supplant him opposite Lee.
Having said that, though, there are some very serious contenders to do just that.
In fact, perhaps the most physically gifted receiver not named "Lee" is the one who just can't shake the injury bug.
George Farmer Jr. has world-class speed and soft hands, all of which doesn't mean a thing because so far, he can't stay healthy.
This trend has continued in spring practice, where nagging injuries still have compromised his overall effectiveness at receiver.
To his credit, though, Farmer has persevered and was back at practice for the Trojans later in the week.
If Farmer can just stay on the field, he could be a superstar...but that is a very big if.
Meanwhile, the Trojans have two other talented receivers, neither of whom gets much publicity, but both can make noise if they find some consistency.
De'Von Flournoy is now a redshirt senior, so time is running out for the speedy wideout from Studio City, Calif.
It was thought that Flournoy would be the No. 3 receiver last year, but that never materialized with the emergence of Agholor.
Also on the radar is redshirt sophomore Victor Blackwell.
Blackwell, a 6'1", 190-pound bulldog, is fearless going over the middle and has deceptively good speed to go along with all of that courage.
Look for Blackwell to work into the rotation, especially if depth issues arise.
But perhaps the most intriguing of all of the prospective receivers to line up opposite Lee is true freshman Darreus Rogers.
Rogers, who was initially signed with the 2012 class but had to come in with the 2013 class due to clearance issues with the NCAA, has been a revelation during the spring.
At over 6'2" and 195 pounds, Rogers is a big, physical receiver that has tremendous athleticism to go along with better-than-average speed.
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If he can continue his strong showing early into the same for the fall, Rogers could find himself getting some serious playing time in 2013.
So, who will the next great receiver at USC be?
Certainly, there is an abundance of candidates who could be the "next big thing."
Of course, the point is moot if the next big thing at quarterback falls short of expected glory or if the offensive line struggles in giving that QB time to deliver the ball.
But if things go as planned, there is plenty of talent from which to cull the next great pass-catcher for the men of Troy.
And when all is said and done, maybe even two or more are waiting in the wings.
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