USC football: Breakout players for each position in 2019

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Who are the Trojans on the verge of a breakout season for USC football? Every position has at least one player with plenty of promise.

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USC football will need more than a few players to pick up their game in 2019 as they look to recover from last season’s poor showing.

Fortunately for the Trojans, the roster remains stacked with talent and it won’t take much for some of the most promising figures to reach their potential.

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Here’s a look at the potential break out players for USC at each position:

Defensive Tackle: Jay Tufele

Perhaps the most underrated loss from USC’s 2017 team was defensive lineman Rasheem Green, whose presence was sorely missed in 2018.

The Trojans didn’t have a reliable playmaker on the defensive line last year. So it’s particularly important for them to find someone to fill that role in the coming campaign.

Enter Jay Tufele.

Tufele is the popular pick for first team All-Pac-12 honors this preseason, picking up nods from Phil Steele and Athlon Sports. He’s certainly set up to follow through on that hype.

The second half of the 2018 season wasn’t kind to USC, but Tufele himself flashed in ways that make him a prime candidate to breakout as a redshirt sophomore. He had 4.5 tackles for loss and three sacks and returned a fumble for a touchdown against Utah.

In Spring Camp, his explosiveness remained on display as he commanded first team reps throughout. Consistent production is the only thing USC is still waiting on with Tufele.