Left Tackle: Chad Wheeler, Nico Falah, Jordan Austin
Left Guard: Toa Lobendahn, Damien Mama*, Jordan Simmons
Center: Max Tuerk, Giovanni Di Poalo
Right Guard: Khaliel Rodgers, Aundrey Walker, Chris Brown*, Viane Talamaivao*
Right Tackle: Zach Banner, Nico Falah
Question marks still swirl around this unit, as no given starter is 100 percent set in stone. Injuries kept returning Trojans Aundrey Walker and Jordan Simmons from practicing, which gave younger guys like Khaliel Rodgers the opportunity to step up and show out. Incoming talent in Damien Mama, Viane Talamaivao and Chris Brown will also make things interesting in the fall, as any of them can come in and start, or at least get quality time in the rotation.
While that's good for USC as it goes about installing a new offense that hinges on tough play in the trenches, it's been a bit of a problem through the offseason. If the Trojans go into a fall camp with an O-line that's still undergoing a facelift, that could impede overall development of the offense as a whole.
What we do know is that Chad Wheeler likely has the left tackle spot locked up, having started there all of 2013. Additionally, early enrollee Toa Lobendahn has already impressed in just six months in Troy, and he's proably got the job at left guard. The aforementioned Rodgers and Zach Banner also stepped up in big ways and are guys we should also expect to see in the starting line up.
But anything could happen to shake up the group we saw running with the first-team offense during spring camp.
Back in May, Sark said he intends to line Mama and Talamaivao up as interior linemen, which means tackle depth is cripplingly light. Also in May, Fox Sport's Lindsey Thiry reported that according to Sark, Max Tuerk, who has played everywhere for USC except right guard, could move positions again. That could be to compensate for the shallow corps at right tackle, but nothing is set in stone with this group.
However it shakes down, USC should be able to field a very talented, versatile front line in the fall. But it's important that the starting rotation gets hammered out quickly in the fall. We have seen weak O-line play be the demise of USC football in the past three seasons, and that's the exact opposite of what Sark needs in his inaugural season.