USC Football: 10 Position Battles Going on in Spring Practice

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USC Football: 10 Position Battles Going on in Spring Practice
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The USC Trojans kicked off their quest for the inaugural Pac-12 Championship (pending sanctions appeal) in spring practice last week.  

Optimism runneth over for the Trojans after last year's third place Pac-10 finish amidst a rebuilding year and a stellar 2010 recruiting class.  

The seniors (C.J. Gable, Malcolm Smith, David Ausberry, Allen Bradford, Ronald Johnson, Michael Morgan, Shareece Wright, Stanley Havili and more) have moved on, and new faces have descended on Howard Jones field to gear up for the summer.

Among the new faces are spring admits Max Wittek and Cody Kessler at quarterback, Soma Vainaku at fullback, Andre Heidari at kicker and linebacker Peter McBride, among a few junior transfers.  

There are plenty of spots up for grabs as the seniors exit and the recruits arrive to compete with incumbents and redshirts.  Some positions are unquestioned, like Matt Barkley's QB post, while others are wide open as the Trojans approach the April 23 spring game.

Here are the 10 biggest position battles that Lane Kiffin will use spring practice to sort out.   

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