In a year that will require the USC Trojans to make vast improvements over last season's disappointing 7-6 record in order for head coach Lane Kiffin to secure a return engagement, the men of Troy will look for individual as well as collective excellence to attain their goals.
The good news for fans of the program is that USC has amassed a ton of talent on both sides of the ball, and it is these key players that will be counted on to return the Trojans to college football's elite.
This slideshow will look at some of these players of whom much will be asked in 2013.
Exactly how successful the team will be is dependent on the performance of these players. If they play to their abilities, fans will not only witness football excellence but also the excitement of their gridiron exploits.
Now let's find out exactly who these Trojans fans will be so excited to see in 2013.
Rankings are based on the capabilities of the individual players, positions they play and how they are featured in their collective units.