A-list position battles: USC

Eighth in a series taking a look at top position competitions this fall.

USC: Cornerback (Much like Oregon's quarterback competition, the linebacker competition between Chris Galippo and Devon Kennard has been well covered).

Why the competition? The Trojans are replacing all four starters in their secondary, but one returning cornerback, Shareece Wright, who was academically ineligible last year, might be the best cover guy in the Pac-10. That means whoever wins the job opposite him will see a lot of action.

Candidates: RFr Torin Harris (6-foot-1, 175), junior T.J. Bryant (6-0, 180), sophomore Brian Baucham (5-11, 180)

The skinny: Harris is the least experienced -- both Bryant and Baucham played in 2009 -- but he probably leads the competition after being the most consistent during spring practices. He and Bryant were separated by an "OR" on the post-spring depth chart, meaning the competition remains unsettled, though that might only be because Harris got hurt and missed some practice time. Bryant played in 13 games in 2009 and recorded 22 tackles with three pass breakups. Baucham played in five games last fall but missed action after being involved in a serious motorcycle accident. He also missed all of spring practice after toe surgery, so the new staff hasn't seen what he can do.