After falling short of the Pac-12 crown in 2020, USC football brings back an offense capable of righting that wrong in 2021. To do it, they'll need to sort out the depth chart at key positions.
The Trojans return nine regular starters, including quarterback Kedon Slovis. They lose star left tackle Alijah Vera-Tucker, veteran receivers Amon-Ra St. Brown and Tyler Vaughns and fan-favorite running back Markese Stepp.
How will the lineup shake out in 2021? It's time for Reign of Troy to make some predictions:
Projected Starter: Kedon Slovis, Jr.
Slovis returns with another shot at making good on his potential as a Heisman candidate and national award winner. Now a junior, the quarterback needs to hold onto his late-game cool while finding a way to get hot a lot earlier.
Backup: Matt Fink, RS-Sr.+
Since it looks like Fink will return for a sixth year and he was the backup in 2020, the safe thing is to expect little change. He has valuable starting experience to his name if the Trojans need someone in a pinch.
Reserve: Mo Hasan, RS-Sr.+
Trojan fans didn't get too familiar with the Vanderbilt transfer as he suffered a season-ending injury before he could debut. Like Fink, he had starting experience in his previous stint in the SEC, so he would seem a viable option to fill in if needed.
Redshirt: Jaxson Dart, Fr.
It's more than likely USC will redshirt their two freshman additions at quarterback, but we expected that for Kedon Slovis and everyone knows how that turned out. Dart will compete for the backup spot in an open competition this offseason.
Redshirt: Miller Moss, Fr.
See above. Moss has qualities that could translate immediate to playing at the college level. While a redshirt is the most likely outcome, don't count him out of a competition for the No. 2 spot.