USC Football: 4 Biggest Challenges for Clay Helton & Lane Kiffin

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USC Football: 4 Biggest Challenges for Clay Helton & Lane Kiffin
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The 2013 version of the men of Troy will head into the upcoming season with a bevy of questions following the disappointment of a 7-6 2012 campaign that saw USC fall well short of lofty expectations.

Among these is the conversion to new defensive coordinator Clancy Pendergast's 5-2 scheme from the standard 4-3 that USC has been running for years.

In addition, the Trojans will be replacing several key players—including four-year quarterback Matt Barkley—and will look to elevate the play of several key units, both on defense as well as offense.

It is on offense that this slideshow will look at several concerns that will weigh heavily on Passing Game Coordinator Clay Helton and Head Coach Lane Kiffin.

Though it is uncertain whether or not Helton will be charged with calling plays—a role filled in the past by Kiffin—there are still worries that surround this offense in 2013.

For USC to be successful this year, they will have to be effective with ball in their hands. Here are questions that will have to answered in order for that to be the case.

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