USC Football: Post Spring-Game Two-Deep Depth Chart
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.
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.
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.
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.
Aundrey Walker; Nathan Guertler
Max Tuerk; Giovanni Di Poalo
Marcus Martin; Cyrus Hobbi
John Martinez; Jordan Simmons
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.
Leonard Williams; J.R. Tavai
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.
Kenny Bigelow; Cody Temple
At this point, either Bigelow or Temple could be the starter. At least until Woods returns from injury.
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.
Hayes Pullard; Will Andrew
Lamar Dawson; Anthony Sarao
Pullard will start once the season begins while the Dawson-Sarao battle to start should extend through fall.
Demetrius Wright; Leon McQuay
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.
Kevon Seymour; Devian Shelton
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.
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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