As USC enters its critical fall camp practice session, all eyes will be on new defensive coordinator Clancy Pendergast's 5-2 scheme.
Pendergast will be implementing a new defense to replace the 4-3 alignment favored by former coordinator Monte Kiffin, in an effort to keep up with the high-octane offenses found throughout the Pac-12.
For Trojan coaches on that side of the ball, there will be individual player battles to keep an eye as well as the unit responsibilities as the defense transitions to an attacking scheme that they hope will bottle up the variety of powerful offenses featured in the conference.
This slideshow will look at some of the questions that will need to be answered before the Trojans open the season at Hawaii on Thursday, Aug. 29th.
Can the Trojans regain their swagger on the defensive side of the ball?
Here is what the coaches will be looking at to answer that question...
Note: This list is ordered by importance to the overall success of the team in terms of answering those questions that are creating the most concern.