And the award goes to...
WeAreSC's panel hands out the postseason hardware after an award-winning season
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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
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.