Five reasons to be optimistic about USC football in 2019

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USC football fans had more than enough to dim their spirits in 2018. But there are reasons for optimism going into the 2019 season.

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Will USC football’s 2019 season be better than the 2018 campaign? Trojan fans certainly hope so.

Fortunately, that hope doesn’t have to be blind. As negative as the perception of USC’s potential in the coming year can be at times, rays of sunshine can break through some of the clouds hanging over the program.

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So here’s a look at all the reasons USC fans can be optimistic about 2019:

Talent, talent, talent

Regardless of what you think of Clay Helton or his ability to lead the Trojans, the fact remains that a Helton coached team won 10 and 11 games in 2016 and 2017. Maybe that was the product of the talent leading those teams, like Sam Darnold. But USC is never truly lacking for talent.

The 2018 season was what can happen to a talented team who falls flat on their face. Even then, the Trojans lost three games by a combined total of 11 points. The difference between 5-7 failure and a far-more-palatable 8-4 record was minimal.

So coming into the 2019 season, optimism can always ride on the talent winning out this time.

Michael Pittman, Tyler Vaughns and Amon-Ra St. Brown still make up one of the most deadly receiving corps in the Pac-12. Stephen Carr is still a promising running back. And yes, even JT Daniels has the talent to grow into a truly effective quarterback.

On defense, linebacker Palaie Gaoteote has All-American written all over him while the Trojans’ projected starting 11 includes 10 former four and five-star players.