USC Football: Trojans Spring Practice Preview, Challenges and Goals

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USC Football: Trojans Spring Practice Preview, Challenges and Goals
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The USC Trojans football athletes have had a productive winter workout, and begin spring practice on Mar. 22 with the spring game at the L.A. Coliseum on Apr. 23.

QB Matt Barkley, the only returning team captain, did a great job coordinating the winter workouts.

It is five-and-a-half months until the first game on Sept. 3 against the Minnesota Golden Gophers, but there is a lot of work to be accomplished, because the Trojans are talented but very young. 

Forty-seven percent of the team members are freshmen (or redshirts).  Both recruiting classes were in the top five nationally, so they are very talented and many will contribute this year.

USC has 13 returning starters, six on offense and seven on defense.  There are no returning kicking starters on special teams.

So, there are a lot of positions to fill and the competition will be intense.

Here is the Trojans' spring practice preview, challenges and goals.

P.S. The USC Football 2011 Spring Prospectus was released on Mar. 17. Check it out here.  Here are the Mar. 26 story on the Trojans Spring Practice First Week Observations and Highlights, Apr. 4 story on the Second Week of Spring Practice, Apr. 10 Third Week of Spring Practice, Apr. 17 Fourth Week of Spring Practice and the Trojan Huddle Spring Game.

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