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Khaliel Rodgers (right) will be an important player in the mix for a starting OL job.
Going into spring, it looked as if Khaliel Rodgers would be a staple at center, battling for a starting spot. Through the first week of practices however, Rodgers has shifted over to right guard. He's been getting first-team reps at that position, and so far, he has fit in seamlessly.
A physical, aggressive blocker, Rodger's style of play is perfect for new offensive line coach Tim Drevno, who emphasizes toughness up front.
By successfully moving over a position, Rodgers is making it easier for USC to field it's best O-line talent all at the same time. For now, Max Tuerk seems to be the shoo-in at center, after having quite the versatile career himself.
Rodgers has played the role of backup thus far through his career as a Trojan, and the work he has put in on the practice field is paying dividends now that he's called upon as a starter. If he wants to maintain that status, he will need to go above and beyond this spring: heavy hitters Damien Mama, Viane Talamaivao and Chris Brown will join the ranks of Troy in August, and they will be looking for a starting job to steal.