Another week has passed in the 2013 college football season, and with it came yet another disappointing performance by this year's version of the men of Troy.
Despite a 17-14 win over a game Utah State team that elevated the Trojans' record to 3-1, USC still has some significant hurdles to overcome to get where they want to be this year.
Though defensive coordinator Clancy Pendergast still has his unit playing at a very high level, Lane Kiffin's offense is nothing short of pathetic.
Unable to put points on the board—or even get a first down when needed—USC's offense has been a study in futility since the season began.
Now preparing to enter the meat of the schedule, USC has to find some answers now or suffer the indignity of what could very quickly become an ugly season.
However, there have been some surprises for the Trojans as players have either stepped up or—in some cases—slipped down in 2013.
This slideshow will look at those players who have either helped or hurt the Trojans so far this year.
So without further delay, here are the surprising players of 2013 for the Cardinal and Gold.