An up-and-down sophomore season and competition from Anthony Sarao could have made Lamar Dawson fold. But the junior middle linebacker rose to the challenge this spring.
The quarterback battle will continue and freshmen are making their presence felt in analysis of USC's depth chart after spring practice.
True-freshman running back Justin Davis enrolled at USC early to compete for playing time. Now he's running with the first team.
Cody Kessler has had to be patient in his two years at USC. But now the sophomore has a shot to accomplish his goal of being USC's starting quarterback.
USC Trojans running back Tre Madden and defensive end Devon Kennard were poised to be major contributors before season-ending injuries in 2012.
USC can't afford to look past its Sun Bowl matchup with a Georgia Tech team that runs a unique and difficult triple-option offense.
Serving as an impromptu coach during Wednesday's practice was no big thing for USC senior center Khaled Holmes, who has been a coach of sorts in the middle of the Trojans' offensive line.
Two of the L.A. areas most successful high school football programs will meet Saturday for the SIF Southern Section championship.
After a slow start to his senior season, USC running back Curtis McNeal is thriving in an increased role, with Notre Dame on tap for McNeal's last game at the Coliseum.
Wes Horton's father went to UCLA, which gives USC defensive end Wes Horton a great appreciation for playing, and emerging victorious, in the crosstown rivalry game.
It's hard for a WR to get noticed when playing with Marqise Lee and Robert Woods, but freshman Nelson Agholor is making people pay attention
Off the field, USC freshman left tackle Max Tuerk is happy, balanced, sane and calm, says his former high school position coach. On the field, though, it is an entirely different story.
Oregon's last loss came last November at the hands of USC, so it's safe to say that the No. 4 Ducks will be ready for the Trojans this time around.
Two moves, one from Florida to USC and another from safety to cornerback, have fit Trojans sophomore Josh Shaw quite well.
Defensive tackle Leonard Williams is the latest in the long line of Florida freshman who have instantly made an impact at USC.
Antwaun Woods could have quit when he was mired on the bottom of the depth chart after arriving at USC. But the redshirt freshman got leaner, meaner and is now the Trojans' starting nose tackle.