The Trojans released the depth chart for Week 1 of the 2012 Season. There are many guys sharing a starter or back-up spot going into the first week, most notably (and unsurprisingly) at quarterback. Interesting to note, USC has listed the players’ Twitter handles next to their names.
Here’s a Twitpic courtesy of CBSSportsPac-12 of USC’s Week 1 Depth Chart:
Looking at this, let’s point out some of the more interesting listing.: At the running back position, Curtis McNeal OR Silas Redd is listed as the starter for week one. Max Wittek OR Cody Kessler is listed for QB 2, as expected. We can possibly see a decision come on Tuesday, as that is when Kiffin said he will be naming the back up. Freshman Kevon Seymour is designated as Nickell Robey’s backup at one CB spot, and in the absence of Isiah Wiley, RS Sophomore Anthony Brown will be starting at the other corner spot over Torrin Harris. Before Brown went down last season with a broken ankle, we saw from him that he is a tenacious tackler that really gets after the play, so he really could be a nice compliment to Robey in the secondary. At Strong Safety, Demetrius Wright is listed as a co-starter with Jawanza Starling. This is particularly interesting because Kiffin did note Wright as the Defensive MVP of camp in first few practices. Furthermore, Starling really came into himself and grew as a player last season, so to see these guys listed as co-starters says a lot of about how much confidence Kiffin has in Wright’s development. freshman Nelson Agholor and RS junior De’Von Flournoy are tied at flanker behind Marqise Lee, with George Farmer serving as Robert Woods’ reliever. Furthermore, Lee and Woods have switched receiver positions: Lee is now the flanker, and Woods, the split end.
At MLB, Lamar Dawson IS listed as the starter against Hawaii, with Scott Starr backing him up. Hayes Pullard is at WLB, but obviously, if Dawson is not game-ready by next Saturday then Pullard will fill in for him.
This is the Trojans’ game plan as of now for their Sept. 1 showdown with the University of Hawaii, and as the season moves on and players evolve, it will undoubtedly change. It will be interesting to follow the progress of the guys listed with “ORs” next to their names (and even those further down the chart), and to see who rises to the occasion if their name is every listed on its own in bold font.