USC Football: Post Spring-Game Two-Deep Depth Chart

Rick McMahan@@RickMcMahanSenior Writer IApril 14, 2013

SEATTLE, WA - OCTOBER 13:  Head coach Lane Kiffin of the USC Trojans looks on during the game against the Washington Huskies on October 13, 2012 at CenturyLink Field in Seattle, Washington.  (Photo by Otto Greule Jr/Getty Images)
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With USC's completion of their "touch" football game at the Coliseum Saturday, they have now completed the spring portion of their two practice camps leading into the 2013 college football season.

And while the no-tackling game left many questions unanswered, it did provide some illumination as to the progress of those players who did participate because there were many who could not go because of injuries.

What follows is a post-spring practice two-deep depth chart consisting primarily of those players who were able to survive the rigorous practice session as camp broke.

While this list will certainly change with the fall, here is one person's assessment of the roster as of mid-April:


Cody Kessler; Max Wittek

Despite the cry for Kessler to start by many fans and his impressive stats in the spring, this competition is far from over and there is even an outside chance that true freshman Max Browne starts when this season begins.

Running Backs

Buck Allen; Justin Davis

With Silas Redd and D.J. Morgan nursing injuries, this unit will look different at the end of fall, but I give the nod to Allen as the more experienced of the top two backs in spring.


Jahleel Pinner; Simione Vehikite

Look for Soma Vainuku to reclaim his starting spot when he returns from injury.



Nelson Agholor; Cody Skene

Cody who? Skene had a nice spring game with five catches in a depleted unit while Agholor is a star in the making.

Split End

Marqise Lee; Victor Blackwell

The biggest surprise of the spring game was Blackwell, who had seven catches for 155 yards and a touchdown. Meanwhile, Lee is simply the finest receiver in the nation.

Tight End

Jalen Cope-Fitzpatrick

One of the deepest units on the team has now been relegated to not even having a viable backup in spring after injuries and player dismissals.

Offensive Line

Left Tackle

Aundrey Walker; Nathan Guertler

Left Guard

Max Tuerk; Giovanni Di Poalo


Marcus Martin; Cyrus Hobbi

Right Guard

John Martinez; Jordan Simmons

Right Tackle

Kevin Graf; Zach Banner

The starting group of offensive linemen seems pretty set right now although Walker will be watched closely and if he falters, this group could undergo a facelift.

Defensive Line

Defensive End

Leonard Williams; J.R. Tavai

Defensive End

George Uko; Charles Burks 

Williams and Uko will open the season at defensive end, while the return of nose tackle Antwaun Woods may see Cody Temple backing up Uko at one defensive end spot.

Nose Tackle

Kenny Bigelow; Cody Temple

At this point, either Bigelow or Temple could be the starter. At least until Woods returns from injury.

Outside Linebackers

Predator OLB

Morgan Breslin; Marquis Simmons


Devon Kennard; Kevin Greene

Kennard and Breslin are the certain starters at the two hybrid linebacker positions but the backups will likely change upon the return of injured players.

Inside Linebackers

Mike Linebacker

Hayes Pullard; Will Andrew

Sam Linebacker

Lamar Dawson; Anthony Sarao

Pullard will start once the season begins while the Dawson-Sarao battle to start should extend through fall.


Free Safety

Demetrius Wright; Leon McQuay

Strong Safety

Josh Shaw; TBD

Wright earns the starting spot on the strength of his two-interception spring game. Shaw may be moved back to cornerback in the fall.


Right Corner

Kevon Seymour; Devian Shelton

Left Corner

Anthony Brown; Chris Hawkins

This unit will undergo a tremendous amount of scrutiny prior to the start of the season and will likely see many changes.

Special Teams


Andre Heidari; Alex Wood


Kris Albarado; Andre Heidari

So there you have it: A far too early depth chart based on spring practice participation.

As the 2013 season approaches, look for there to be many changes, especially as injured players return.

And while this early look at the two-deep remains in flux, all Trojan fans hope for is that the final edition produces an abundance of victories for the men of Troy.

Regardless of who those players are.


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