USC Football Depth Chart at WR going into the 2022 season
The deepest position within USC football's squad for 2022 is EASILY Wide Receiver. Of course, their No. 1 guy is also the No. 1 guy in the whole country. Jordan Addison won the Biletnikoff award last season, so he comes into the year with the title of 'best wide receiver in football.' Arguably the best part, though, is how deep the crew is even behind Addison.
Check out the depth chart here. Starting with Addison is Mario Williams and Brenden Rice. It doesn't get much better than having an elite threat out wide, another top 10 receiver opposite him next to the other sideline in Williams, and a very dynamic four-star transfer in Rice in the slot. (It's expected for Rice to be in the slot.)
Williams isn't coming off of the 100-catch--1,593 yard--17 touchdown season that Addison is, but he still was productive in Lincoln Riley's system last year during his true freshman season at Oklahoma. Finishing with 35 catches, 380 yards, and four touchdowns, he actually had more receptions than OU's No. 1 receiver in Marvin Mims last year.
It goes to show how much chemistry he's already shown with then-OU QB and current Trojan QB Caleb Williams. Caleb not only has that chemistry with Mario from their time together with the Sooners, but even has chemistry with Addison too. Addison and Caleb grew up together in the DMV (D.C.-Maryland-Virginia) region, and already have their connection too.
The USC football WR room is largely new, but the top two already have chemistry with Caleb.
That means that breaking in three new USC football wide receivers will most certainly be much easier. The top two receivers already know they can play with Caleb. And while the No. 3 receiver hasn't played with Caleb before, he's still plenty to get excited about. Rice was Colorado's most dynamic and exciting player on offense.
He only had 299 receiving yards and three receiving TD's last year, but he didn't have a QB or competent offensive system. Now, he has a top three QB in the nation and who's considered to run the best offensive system in America as his head coach.
A four-star recruit and top 10 player coming out of Arizona during the 2020 recruiting class (all recruiting ratings and rankings in article are as of 247Sports), he's a VERY exciting talent. Behind these three guys is quite a bit of talent, too. Behind Addison is Terrell Bynum and CJ Williams. Both were four-stars coming out of high school, so the depth here is VERY talented.
CJ was even the No. 10 receiver in the entire country and the No. 73 overall player in this last 2022 recruiting class. And Bynum is entering his sixth year of college football. He's plenty experienced, and coming off of a year where he put up 436 receiving yards and four touchdowns. Not bad for an offense that had no clue how to get him the ball.
Behind Mario are two returning USC receivers who are productive too. They would be Tahj Washington and Gary Bryant Jr. Washington contributed 602 receiving yards last season, and Bryant had 579.
Washington only had one touchdown, but did flash his big-play potential and ability during the season. Bryant scored seven times, already putting his standout talent to use in just his second year of college football.
Both players were forced into roles they shouldn't have been in when Drake London got hurt last season, and the coaching staff provided no help at all. For them to still flash their upside was impressive, and that's just what they did. Having them as backups once again proves how deep this crew is.
The talent surplus doesn't stop in the slot, either. There are two four-star backups in the slot, too. That would be the star of the spring game this year, Kyron Ware-Hudson, and the ultra-talented Kyle Ford. Ford was the No. 38 overall player in the 2019 recruiting class. Both have unlimited potential, and neither is starting.
This group is ridiculously talented. The receiver room is so great that even if the injury bug bites this USC team (like it did in 2018 and 2019 in particular), it will not have significant effects on the production from this position room. It also will create lots of great internal competition between the guys, and give Caleb an easier time transitioning to a new program.