LOS ANGELES -- Just like Pete Carroll couldn't control his fondness for the defense, Lane Kiffin hasn't been shy about siding with the offense during his coaching tenure. But through three spring practices, it's the other side of the ball that has caught Kiffin's eye.
* Lane Kiffin called wide receiver George Farmer the MVP of day 1 of spring ball. It certainly came as no surprise to those watching. Early on in the day, I wrote next to Farmer's name in my notes: "Locked in.
Of the 28 recruits who entered USC last season and are still on the roster, 18 used a redshirt year in 2011 and will be anxious to hit the field for spring ball knowing that the training wheels are off and the competition for playing time truly begins.
As we look ahead to the 2012 season, there will be plenty of opportunities for increased contributions from USC players who have yet to prove themselves. Here are some of the defensive players who will look for more of a role beginning in spring ball: DL Greg Townsend: The coaching style of Ed Oregeron was something that Townsend had to adjust to early.
about 1609 days ago | Garry Paskwietz | USC Trojans
1) There are four positions where the Trojans are likely to have a player consider early entry to the NFL draft -- quarterback, left tackle, defensive end and free safety. Coincidentally, these four spots are pretty wide open in terms of a clear-cut successor to the current starter.
about 1615 days ago | Garry Paskwietz | USC Trojans