The USC Trojans are set to take the field in less than 24 hours — and ahead of their season debut on November 7 at 9:00 am against the Arizona State Sun Devils — we know who is leading the charge.
Isaiah Pola-Mao, Kedon Slovis, Amon-Ra St. Brown and Alijah Vera-Tucker were selected as the team captains ahead of the shortened 2020 season.
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Pola-Mao, a fourth-year redshirt-junior, enters the year at safety and stands 6’4, 205 pounds. He’s set to anchor a defensive secondary next to Talanoa Hufanga as safeties.
Originally from Phoenix, Arizona, Isaiah has 14 starts and four career interceptions. He’s forced another fumble and has 81 career tackles.
Slovis enters the year with Heisman Trophy aspirations and could eventually become a top-notch first-round draft pick in the 2022 NFL Draft, if he’d planned to leave early after next season.
He also hails from Arizona and threw for 3,502 yards and 30 touchdowns in his freshman season that saw him take over for the injured JT Daniels. He’ll look to break and set USC records in his career and could eventually be a Heisman Trophy winner (in non-COVID times, of course).
St. Brown looks to take that next leap as a college player as well as a likely first-round NFL draft pick himself as he (and Tyler Vaughns) will look to see a bevy of targets following the departure of Michael Pittman Jr.’s 100+ targets in the passing game last season.
For his career, St. Brown has 137 catches for 1,792 yards and nine touchdowns through the air.
Vera-Tucker has appeared in 25 career games and 13 career starts. Personally, I selected him to the PFF All-American Team on the third-team last season and he was a Pac-12 first-team selection from the AP. He was also USC’s offensive lineman of the year in 2019.
The captains are set — the game is ready — we’re going to battle against Arizona State with four crazy-talented leaders at the helm!