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Leonard Williams will return in the fall to anchor USC's defensive line.
Sarkisan had less than 60 guys to work with during his first spring at USC, and fortunately, no major injuries were suffered during the past month's practices. The head coach was able to somewhat install his new offense, but it has yet to really come together due to the absence of experienced veterans.
The same goes for the defense, particularly the secondary. Eighteen returning Trojans missed spring camp, and for guys like cornerback Josh Shaw and linebacker Lamar Dawson, their absence allowed for the younger athletes to get quality reps.
So what does that mean for the fall?
It means that position battles will remain open through the early weeks of camp, which is a good thing for USC. For the first time in three years, there's a decent amount of depth to ensure that various combinations of skill position players can be used at different times in games. It also means that when the backups do go in, they will have more experience and show less of a decline in productivity on the field.
But because so many guys missed time in the spring, we can expect the early weeks of camp might have a bit of a learning curve, so the veterans can finally get their feet wet in the new scheme.
Ideally, Sark returns a full roster of healthy veterans. Should things work out differently, he can still look forward to a talent-studded signing class that is joining the ranks as well.