Mar 11, 2014; Los Angeles, CA, USA; General view of the line of scrimmage as Southern California Trojans snapper Zach Smith (60) snaps the ball at spring practice at Howard Jones Field. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

Sarkisian Releases USC Spring Depth Chart

Steve Sarkisian released his first depth chart as head coach of USC as the Trojans prepare for Saturday’s spring game.

As Sarkisian indicated Tuesday, Cody Kessler is his starting quarterback.

Aside from the very substantial list of injured players who were left off the two-deep, the highlights of some big spring battles include a settled offensive line of Chad Wheeler, Toa Lobendahn, Max Tuerk, Khaliel Rodgers, and Zach Banner.

Tuerk looks set to anchor the line at center, while spring starters at left and right guard Lobendahn and Rodgers will have to hold off the injured Jordan Simmons and returning starter Aundrey Walker, as well as incoming freshmen like Damien Mama in the fall to keep their places. Banner could also face a challenge from Walker or the injured Nico Falah going forward.

In unsurprising news, Javorius Allen and Tre Madden share the starting place for now over Ty Isaac. Justin Davis will look to get in on the action at running back when he returns from an achilles injury.

On the defensive side of the ball, Claude Pelon has claimed the starting defensive tackle spot in Leonard Williams‘ absence due to injury. Texas A&M transfer Delvon Simmons earned the top spot at defensive end, while Anthony Sarao owns the weakside linebacker position for the time being. Lamar Dawson will challenge Sarao when he returns from injury.

Meanwhile, there are two major positions with unsettled battles. At strongside linebacker, Jabari Ruffin and Quinton Powell are deadlocked. J.R. Tavai and Scott Starr are similarly neck and neck at rush end.

For now, Chris Hawkins will start opposite Kevon Seymour at cornerback, though he will no doubt face competition from incoming freshman like Adoree’ Jackson and Jonathan Lockett.

On special teams, Andre Heidari has maintained his place as the starting kicker despite his struggles in 2013.

OFFENSE

WR
Nelson Agholor
Victor Blackwell
Christian Guzman

WR
George Katrib
Christian Tober
David Mellstrom

TE
Jalen Cope-Fitzpatrick
Chris Willson
Connor Spears
Teddy Baker

LT
Chad Wheeler
Jordan Austin

LG
Toa Lobendahn

C
Max Tuerk
Giovanni Di Poalo

RG
Khaliel Rodgers
Erick Jepsen

RT
Zach Banner
Nathan Guertler

WR
Darreus Rogers
George Farmer
Aaron Minor

QB
Cody Kessler
Max Browne
Jalen Greene
Conner Sullivan
Anthony Neyer
Alex Bridgford

FB
Jahleel Pinner
Pat Hart

TB
Javorius Allen OR Tre Madden
Ty Isaac
James Toland IV

DEFENSE

DT
Claude Pelon
Greg Townsend Jr.

NT
Antwaun Woods
Kenny Bigelow

DE
Delvon Simmons
Charles Burks

SOLB
Jabari Ruffin OR Quinton Powell

MILB
Hayes Pullard
Joel Foy

WILB
Anthony Sarao
Nick Schlossberg

RUSH
J.R. Tavai OR Scott Starr
Charles Burks

CB
Kevon Seymour
Anthony Carrasco
Adrian Johnson

FS
Leon McQuay III
Elijah Steen

SS
Gerald Bowman
Matt Lopes

CB
Chris Hawkins
Ryan Dillard

SPECIAL TEAMS

P
Kris Albarado
Jack Basalari
Joey Krassenstein

PK
Andre Heidari
Alex Wood

SNP
Peter McBride
Zach Smith

Tags: Anthony Sarao Chris Hawkins Claude Pelon Delvon Simmons Football J.R. Tavai Jabari Ruffin Khaliel Rodgers Quinton Powell Scott Felix Toa Lobendahn USC Trojans

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