Matt Kartozian-USA TODAY Sports
Let’s be honest: USC isn’t what it used to be.
Hiring Lane Kiffin was supposed to bring Pete Carroll-type results, and instead it has brought a little more scandal and bad press.
This may be the last year for Kiffin to prove that he can lead the Trojans team, but without a title run it may not be enough. This roster is hurting for bodies, and all spring the team battled through injuries that thinned out an already light lineup.
The key development was at quarterback with Cody Kessler. Yes, Kessler and not Max Wittek.
Kessler showed a lot of promise throughout the 15 practices, taking advantage of an injury to Wittek that sidelined him for a few practices. The race will continue into the fall.
USC has a lot of talent, but most of it is young and inexperienced. A lot of growth needs to happen this summer or another mediocre season will unfold.