We begin by laying out all the Trojans still alive in the playoff hunt in order of when they play this weekend.
New Orleans Saints vs. Seattle Seahawks
Charles Brown, OT. Brown started in 14 games this season at Left Tackle, but has seen the field far less regularly after a near disastrous performance against Rams outstanding pass rusher Robert Quinn.
Mike Morgan, LB. Morgan has played in all 16 games for the second straight season, notching 11 tackles for Seattle's top-ranked defense. His work has even caught the eye of his college and pro coach Pete Carroll, who loves the versatility that he provides on defense.
Malcolm Smith, LB. Smith is in the midst of a breakout season in just his third year in the league, recording a career-high 54 tackles, one sack, and two interceptions (one of which was returned for a touchdown in Week 17 vs. STL) along with one forced fumble.
Pete Carroll, Head Coach. Back on January 11th 2010, Pete Carroll was named the executive vice president of football operations and head coach. Carroll returned to the NFL after spending the previous nine years at USC, where his teams won seven Pac-10 titles and two national championships while compiling a 97-19 record.
Indianapolis Colts vs. New England Patriots
Stanley Havili, FB. Havili has been an added luxury in Andrew Luck's offense this season highlighted by his 18 catches for 129 yards, with one touchdown performance.
Khaled Holmes, C. The dynamic duo of Holmes to Barkley may be separated for the first time in over eight years, but rest assured that Khaled is definitely holding his own as the Colts current back-up center.
Fili Moala, DT. Unfortunately for USC fans, Moala was just placed on Injured Reserve this week. Moala (19 tackles, 1.5 sacks) was in the midst of his first healthy year, starting in six games and playing in all 16 during the regular season.
Armond Armstead, DL. Armstead has spent the year on the reserve/non-football illness list after having surgery for an infection prior to the start of training camp
San Francisco 49ers vs. Carolina Panthers
None on the active roster (Brandon Carswell has been inactive since Training Camp)
Jeff Byers, C. After starting seven games last season at center, Byers has moved into the backup role behind fellow Trojan Ryan Kalil. Byers contributions have still been worthwhile for this offense as he has done an excellent job filling in at guard and center in seven games this season.
Wes Horton, DE. Horton has played in 10 games this season amassing eight total tackles and two sacks on the year.
Ryan Kalil, C. Kalil has risen up the ranks all season long, serving as one of the captains for Riverboat Ron's squad, even earning the Ed Block Courage Award Honors for playing through pain for the entire season.
San Diego Chargers vs. Denver Broncos
Shareece Wright, CB. Wright has taken full advantage of his opportunities this season. Just last week Wright recorded five tackles and a crucial interception in the Chargers 27-10 victory over Cincinnati. His 61 total tackles and nine pass deflections this season, have helped fuel San Diego's five-game winning streak.
"I'm a lot more comfortable," Wright said. "Just getting that experience, getting a lot of reps -- the more you play and the more you practice, the better you get." -Wright told Eric Williams of ESPN.com
Winston Justice, OT. Justice, the 8-year NFL veteran, has played in four games this season for the Denver Broncos. Due to injuries across the starting line, Justice has now played in each of the past four games and will be on the field Sunday against the Chargers.
USC MAKING ITS PRESENCE FELT