USC football is losing two of the top wide receivers from 2020, but the unit is still primed to thrive in the Air Raid attack.
The Trojans will have to rely on newer faces to round out the corps. Those talents should be enough to keep opposing secondaries scrambling.
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It all starts with Drake London. He was expected to be USC's fourth option in 2020, but he managed to lead the team with 502 yards on 33 catches. He made the tough grabs in the most significant moments and was always a threat for YAC yards.
For London, the challenge will be to maintain his production while becoming more of a focal point for defenses. They don't have Amon-Ra St. Brown or Tyler Vaughns to key on anymore. London will be the danger every defensive coordinator accounts for.
Lucky for London, he has some teammates who will take off some of that pressure.
Bru McCoy finally debuted for the Trojans with 236 yards and two touchdowns as a redshirt freshman. He had one of the most clutch performances of the season when he caught a touchdown and recovered an onside kick against ASU. If anyone can replicate St. Brown's impact, it's McCoy.
Colorado transfer K.D. Nixon was a key figure in 2018 and 2019. As a vocal leader, his qualities in the locker room and on the sideline are worth mentioning. On the field, he brings proven productivity in the slot.
London and McCoy are sure-things to bank on. Nixon is a veteran playmaker. The rest of the unit still has to prove themselves.
Kyle Ford could be the other major force in the passing game. However, he's coming off a second serious knee injury. A wait-and-see approach is needed for the 6-foot-2 former Top 40 prospect.
Gary Bryant Jr. could push Nixon for playing time as a speedy threat on the inside. Joshua Jackson and John Jackson III are also waiting in the wings.
The Trojans have three freshman additions to the room. Kyron Ware-Hudson from Mater Dei is the group's crown jewel, while Michael Jackson and Joseph Manjack have plenty of upside.
Depth is the only real concern here. The Trojans have some top-end talents, but injuries could quickly become a problem.
There's simply too much proven ability and serious potential to bet against this group.
In each of the last four years, USC had three receivers average 57 yards per game or better. Expect that streak to continue.