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    2016 USC Spring Football: What’s the big deal, what to worry about, and what’s all set.

    March 23, 2016


    2016 USC Spring Football: What’s the big deal, what to worry about, and what’s all set.


    What can Clay Helton achieve in a full year at USC …

    Helton has already proven his worth as an interim coach? But what will he accomplish now that he’s the undisputed leader of Troy? The Trojans house the requisite talent to win a Pac-12 title for the first time since the Pete Carroll era. Talent is never the issue at USC.

    This spring will not only be a time to evaluate the player personnel, but also the reconfigured staff. Helton will be supported by new coordinators, Tee Martin on offense and Clancy Pendergast on D, who’ll be installing their systems and terminology over the next few months.

    No One Is Worried About …

    The offense. QB Cody Kessler is gone, likely to be supplanted by Max Browne. The rest of the offense is poised to prop up a first-time starting quarterback. Two 900-yard rushers, Justin Davis and Ronald Jones, are back, JuJu Smith-Schuster is one of the best receivers in the country and the line is flush in returning starters.

    Extra Attention Must Be Given To …

    The defensive line. Pendergast will sleep easy regarding his back seven. His front wall, though, is a major question mark now that Antwaun Woods, Delvon Simmons and Greg Townsend have graduated. The Trojans will be looking for maximum effort and production from the kids, Rasheem Green and Noah Jefferson, as well as veterans Kenny Bigelow and Jordan Simmons.

    MORE: USC Football Schedule 2016: 5 Keys For The Trojans

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