Toughness comes in many forms.
There is physical toughness, the mental sort and even emotional toughness.
But what constitutes "toughness?"
Is it the ability to suffer an injury on the field, shake it off and come back for the good of the team?
What about the mental toughness of throwing an interception, fumbling a handoff or dropping a sure touchdown pass and then, with boos raining down upon you, hitching up your pants and making a big play when the squad is depending on you?
To put it simply, the short answer is yes to both scenarios.
Yet, it is so much more.
How about playing out of your natural position for the sake of the team?
Or coming back the next year after a season ending debilitating injury and an offseason of grueling rehab?
Yes and yes.
This years USC Trojans has its share of tough players too.
And they will have to be tough because the powers that be in college football have done the team no favors by denying their appeal related to the Reggie Bush scandal.
That means the Trojans will be playing for nothing but pride in 2011. No bowl games for this year's men of Troy.
That is tough too.
So who are these tough Trojans?
Lets find out.