He's lost his quarterback (Matt Barkley) and his running mate at WR (Robert Woods), but USC junior Marqise Lee is focused on putting up even better numbers than he did during his Biletnikoff-winning sophomore season.
None of the six former Trojans auditioning at the scouting combine blew the NFL's doors off, but there were some positive developments nonetheless.
Matt Barkley leads a roster of six former USC players heading to Indianapolis this week for the NFL's annual scouting combine.
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.
In looking back at USC's 2012 offense, the Trojans were spectacular at times, but penalties, inconsistency and injuries prevented this unit from truly being great.
Getting to play in a bowl game allows USC an extra set of December practices that could pay big dividends for young players in 2013.
At the Coliseum on Saturday, USC fans will pay tribute to a senior class that has seen its share of ups and downs.
USC fans hoped the issues the Trojans showed early in the season would eventually fix themselves, but USC's loss to UCLA, its fourth this season, served to further expose those shortcomings.
USC's offensive stars in their part in a 38-17 win over Arizona State, but it was the surprisingly dominate play of the defense that really shined.
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
After coming up short against Oregon on Saturday, USC can only hope to see Oregon again in the Pac-12 title game.
While USC's offense was prolific and the Trojans kept fighting back, they were a step behind No. 4 Oregon at all times in the Ducks' 62-51 victory Saturday.
Coming off a bitterly disappointing loss to Arizona, the Trojans find themselves searching for answers as it tries to close out the season on a positive.
With USC's offense coming off a season-best performance and Arizona taking to Rich Rodriguez's spread attack, Saturday's matchup could produce big point totals.
For a team that was growing tired of hearing questions about what was wrong with its offense, Saturday's lopsided win was the perfect tonic.
On a record-setting afternoon, the USC Trojans finally put together the kind of overall game they needed to build momentum for the stretch run.