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WeAreSC's panel hands out the postseason hardware after an award-winning season

Updated: December 1, 2011, 1:09 PM ET
By Garry Paskwietz | We Are SC

LOS ANGELES -- With another season in the books, the WeAreSC Roundtable sits down and discusses the award-worthy players from the Trojans' 10-2 campaign.

[+] EnlargeMatt Barkley
Steve Dykes/Getty ImagesMatt Barkley was a unanimous pick for team MVP, which makes sense considering that he set a conference record for touchdown passes.
MVP

Garry Paskwietz: Matt Barkley.

Steve Bisheff: Matt Barkley. A no-brainer.

Jeremy Hogue: Matt Barkley

Greg Katz: Matt Barkley

Kyle Williams: Matt Barkley. The quarterback and leader of the team.

Biggest Play
Paskwietz: Jawanza Starling's return of a fumble for a touchdown against Notre Dame

Bisheff: The first big touchdown pass, Barkley to Marqise Lee against Oregon. It set the tone for the game that was the exclamation point to the season.

Hogue: First touchdown against Oregon, Barkley to Lee for 59 yards.

Katz: The first-quarter, 59-yard touchdown pass from Matt Barkley to Marqise Lee at Oregon that ignited the Trojans confidence and stunned the Ducks fans at Autzen Stadium.

Williams: Matt Kalil's field goal block versus Utah. Kalil's block at the end of the game kept Utah from taking the game into overtime.

Biggest Surprise
Paskwietz: The outstanding play of the offensive line.

Bisheff: The amazing improvement of the defense.

Hogue: Improvement of O-line

Katz: The development of offensive linemen Kevin Graf, John Martinez, and Marcus Martin.

Williams: Marqise Lee. Went from barely being discussed to one of the top receivers in the nation.

Most Improved
Paskwietz: Dion Bailey

Bisheff: Curtis McNeal, although maybe he only needed the chance.

Hogue: Kevin Graf, Curtis McNeal

Katz: Curtis McNeal, Randall Telfer, Hayes Pullard

Williams: The USC secondary.

3 Unsung Guys
Paskwietz: Ross Cumming, Isiah Wiley, Marcus Martin

Bisheff: Andre Heidari, Isiah Wiley, John Martinez.

Hogue: Marcus Martin, John Martinez, Andre Heidari

Katz: Wes Horton, Rhett Ellison, Khaled Holmes

Williams: Kevin Graf, Rhett Ellison, Ross Cumming

Top Offensive Player(s)
Paskwietz: Matt Kalil

Bisheff: Robert Woods.

Hogue: Robert Woods, Matt Kalil

Katz: Matt Kalil, Marqise Lee, Robert Woods

Williams: Robert Woods, Matt Kalil

Nickell Robey
Joe Andras/WeAreSC.comDiminutive sophomore cornerback Nickell Robey was regarded as the team's best defensive player by the WeAreSC panel.
Top Defensive Player(s)
Paskwietz: Nickell Robey

Bisheff: Nick Perry, Dion Bailey and Nickell Robey.

Hogue: Nickell Robey, Nick Perry

Katz: Dion Bailey, Nick Perry, Nickell Robey

Williams: Nickell Robey

Top Newcomer
Paskwietz: Marqise Lee. Honorable mention: Andre Heidari.

Bisheff: Marqise Lee (Duh!)

Hogue: Marqise Lee, Dion Bailey

Katz: Andre Heidari, Marqise Lee

Williams: Dion Bailey.

Top 3 Storylines
Paskwietz: 1. Lane Kiffin can coach. 2. Barkley takes his game to new heights. 3. USC returns to top-10 status while serving NCAA sanctions.

Bisheff: 1. Trojans overcome the obstacles to become top-10 team again. 2. Barkley, Woods and Lee become unstoppable. 3. Barkley: Will he stay, or will he go?

Hogue: 1. 10-2 record in Kiffin's second year. 2. Barkley's leadership brings Trojans through dark time. 3. The best receiving tandem in the country.

Katz: 1. The development of the offensive line. 2. The major improvement of the defense. 3. The commitment of the team after the Arizona State loss.

Williams: 1. Offensive linemen blocking kicks. 2. Emergence of Marqise Lee. 3. Barkley for Heisman.

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