The biggest question heading into USC fall camp surrounds the five guys who will make up the offensive line. It looked troublesome at times this spring due to all the injuries. Chad Wheeler looks certain to return to his post at left tackle. Max Tuerk (pictured) spent all of spring at center. He had issues snapping the ball with the QB under center because of his long arms. Shotgun snaps weren't problematic, a good sign because QB Cody Kessler figures to spend a lot of time in the 'gun. The other three spots are questionable. Toa Lobendahn impressed in his first spring and figures to compete at left guard. Zach Banner, Nathan Guertler, Khaliel Rodgers, Jordan Simmons and Aundrey Walker are names that will be thrown around as camp ensues. True freshmen Damien Mama and Viane Talamaivao will also have an opportunity to crack the top five.
Which of the wide receivers will step up to take on a starring role?
Darreus Rogers wanted to wear No. 1. The Carson High alum wasn't allowed to under the old regime led by former head coach Lane Kiffin. Rules change. Rogers will wear No. 1 in 2014. More important than the uniform number Rogers will don will be his, and others, ability to elevate from supporting role to starring role. Nelson Agholor (pictured) will be the primary target for Kessler. Rogers showed in spring that he was up to the challenge. There's a vacancy in the third spot which is troublesome because there will likely be a lot of three wide receiver sets run in Sarkisian's offense. The obvious choices are George Farmer and Steven Mitchell, both of whom missed all of 2013 with knee injuries. After Agholor and Rogers, Victor Blackwell is the leading returning receiver from a year ago and he had four catches.
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What side of the ball will we see the freshmen?
Could it be that we see multiple Trojans playing on both sides of the ball in 2014? It's not out of the question. Not yet, at least. If you look at the USC roster as they get set to open fall camp there are three players on the current roster listed with positions on both sides of the ball -- Adoree' Jackson (pictured), JuJu Smith and Rahshead Johnson. Asked at Pac-12 Media Days on what side of the ball the aforementioned freshmen will line up, head coach Steve Sarkisian said he wasn't sure. The USC head coach said he will give each of them opportunities on both sides of the ball as camp opens. In addition to the freshmen, cornerback Anthony Brown will see some time on the offensive side of the ball as well.