Spring ball is on the horizon for USC, and with it comes the promise of a new football season. With a new head coach and lots of vacant positions due to graduations and departures for the NFL, this time of year will be prime for some Trojan athletes to rise to the occasion and make a push for a starting job.
The Trojans will still have their fair share of athletes missing spring ball to fully recover from various injuries, so the guys who are active right now will really be able to move ahead of their competition.
Barring any serious injuries, spring practices—which begins March 11—will be the first real chance for Sarkisian to get a feel for his new team, and to begin molding it into a contender. It all starts now, with seeing who steps up and gauging what it suggests of their abilities come the fall.
Listed in order from offense to defense, here's a look at eight Trojans who stand to gain the most from spring practices.