SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA — Key players: QB Matt Barkley, WR Robert Woods, S T.J. McDonald, RB Silas Redd, WR Marquis Lee, LB Dion Bailey, CB Nickell Robey. Returning starters: offense 9, defense 8.
Notes: The return of Barkley was a huge boost for the Trojans. Projected as a high NFL draft pick, Barkley made a surprise announcement that he would return for his senior season at Southern Cal. He's matured each season and threw for 3,528 yards and 39 touchdowns with seven interceptions last year. ... In case the Trojans didn't have enough weapons, they added Redd, who rushed for over 1,200 yards last season and will immediately be eligible due to sanctions stemming from the Jerry Sandusky child sex abuse scandal. ... Woods is healthy after being hampered by an ankle injury last season and is one of the most dynamic receivers in the country.