USC Trojans running back Tre Madden and defensive end Devon Kennard were poised to be major contributors before season-ending injuries in 2012.
There are a lot of questions facing USC in 2013, including the play of Max Wittek, Robert Woods' decision to stay or enter the NFL draft and Lane Kiffin's coaching hot seat.
In the state of Oklahoma there are considered to be two top tier football powerhouses, Tulsa Union and Jenks. But now there might be a third school. And it might be a new hotbed for the Oklahoma Sooners.
Since Matt Barkley announced that he was returning for his senior season, expectations for USC in 2012 have been through the roof. Now it's time to deliver.
His 'top four hitters' all headed to the major leagues and much of his bullpen going too, FSU baseball coach Mike Martin is already hard at work retooling the Seminoles' lineup.
Senior defensive end Devon Kennard is finally staying put at a position after being shuffled around his first three years at USC, and that comfort is helping him take on the role of senior leader.
Sixteen USC players took a life-changing trip to Haiti to help impoverished natives in that country. In the process, they learned something new about themselves.
USC's total of three players drafted was its lowest in 10 years. But it could have that many in the first round alone in 2013.
A veteran USC defense continued to make strides in the spring, especially in the secondary.
The Trojans must identify who will replace three-fouths of the defensive line as they had into spring ball.
Top in-state running back duo likes the Sooners.
Vontaze Burfict and USC renew pleasantries, Devon Kennard heads back home, while Marcus Martin, Shane Horton get set to fill in.
Devon Kennard is feeling at home at his old position while several Trojans are expected to make season debuts Saturday.