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Many of USC's playmakers are sitting out of spring camp with injuries.
OG Jordan Simmons: Recovering from a knee surgery. Simmons brings a big frame that the O-line needs, but he's unproven, which could work against him when he gets back into the action in the fall. Furthermore, he's untested in the new scheme, and we don't know if he's in the shape for it yet. There's a lot of potential here, and he will be another player to watch develop in August.
OG Aundrey Walker: Recovering from a broken ankle sustained against UCLA in 2013. Walker has the size to be a great asset to the Trojans, but he's yet to prove that he has the motivation and the desire to live up to that potential.
RB Justin Davis: Recovering from a season-ending broken ankle sustained midway through the 2013 campaign. Expect him to return to the practice field in August, ready to resume his role as a relentless talent in the backfield.
WR Steven Mitchell: Recovering from torn ligaments in his right knee sustained last summer. A top talent in USC's 2013 class, Mitchell will look to get playing time amongst the likes of Darreus Rogers, George Farmer and incoming freshmen Adoree' Jackson, JuJu Smith and Rahshead Johnson, to name a few.
TE Randall Telfer: Recovering from a lingering knee injury. USC's only veteran scholarship tight end on roster, Telfer's presence in the fall will be very important. The new offense will utilize the tight ends a lot more than the previous scheme did, and he has the frame and the size to be a star under Sark.
LB Lamar Dawson: Recovering from a left knee injury. He will battle junior Anthony Sarao in the fall to get his starting job back, and with the progression Sarao has made and the relatively underwhelming performances Dawson has given so far, this battle could already be decided.