A new era of USC football kicks off in a few short weeks when new head coach Steve Sarkisian leads the Trojans against Fresno State.
At preseason camp, Sarkisian and his staff will address some of the more glaring issues the Trojans face in preparation for Aug. 30. Chief among them—and a potential matter of season-long refinement—is the development of new contributors.
Building and maintaining depth will be at the base of every major storyline USC faces in the 2014 season. Heading into fall camp, Sarkisian is still getting a feel for his roster and possible problem spots. But he's learning quickly.
"As we got going into spring ball and watched the development of some of the players that red-shirted," Sarkisian said, "I'm thinking about Chris Hawkins, I'm thinking about an Antwaun Woods who played 20 snaps a game a year ago, I'm thinking about Toa Lobendahn; some of the new faces."
These new faces, blended with a cast of breakout leaders from last year's 10-win team, will chart the course for USC's coming campaign.