Preseason expectations had USC hoping to ride a veteran OL while riding out growing pains from a young DL. The first four games haven't exactly played out in that way.
The Trojans are working hard to fix the offensive line problems that doomed them against Stanford.
USC was counting on better pass defense this season. But because of questions at the cornerback spot opposite Nickell Robey, that hasn't happened yet.
Junior right tackle Kevin Graf finally had a healthy offseason and took advantage, getting bigger, faster and stronger for 2012.
Sophomore cornerback Anthony Brown looked solid in Monday's first practice, where he started in place of an absent Isiah Wiley.
USC Trojans junior safety Nickell Robey, entering his third year as a starter, is fulfilling the role of veteran leader that he long sought.
Center Khaled Holmes has stepped up to be the leader of USC's offensive line, a unit expected to be among the elite in the country.
Injuries have caused the USC coaches to get creative with the starting lineup going into tonight's game at Colorado.