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USC football spring camp: Five Trojans with the most to gain in 2019

Feb 27, 2019, 10:00 PM PST
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Spring Camp is an opportunity for players to grow, develop and make a big impression. Which five USC football players have to most to gain this year?

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When USC football begins Spring Camp, the focus will be on improving fundamentals and technique. That should be a full team endeavor, but there are still some players who have more to gain than others, whether it’s in development or standing on the depth chart.

Every year, some will take big steps forward, while others will be left behind. And many will have major opportunities fall into their laps, if only they have what it takes to make the most of them.

Here’s a look at five Trojans with the most to gain during Spring Camp:

Dominic Davis

Dominic Davis made the switch from running back to cornerback back in 2017. After a redshirt season and a 2018 with just six appearances, the change hasn’t yielded the playing time he might have hoped for.

The 2019 season will be Davis’ final chance to find a role for the Trojans, and the opportunities should be there.

Should he stay at cornerback, USC is in the process of replacing every single starter across the secondary. Both cornerback spots are open for competition, along with the nickelback slot.

There are more than a few exciting young players vying for those jobs, but Davis will be the most veteran player in the group. He lacks the ideal size for the position, so he’ll have to make up for it by impressing new defensive backs coach Greg Burns early.

There is another possibility though.

USC’s running back corps is not as deep as it once was and Davis’ all-purpose abilities could be of value in the Air Raid. Considering running back coach Mike Jinks’ preference for speedy backs, the track star would be an intriguing option back on offense.

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