USC returns perhaps the conference’s best quarterback in Kedon Slovis, even if he is in competition with J.T. Daniels at the moment. They also return an incredibly talented group of receivers led by Tyler Vaughns, Amon-Ra St. Brown and rising second-year players Kyle Ford and Drake London.
Perhaps the most intriguing set of players entering the 2020 season also belong to the receiving corps as Bru McCoy should make his long awaited debut at the position.
Vavae Malepeai returns as the lead back out of the backfield and will have one of the country’s best guards in Alijah Vera-Tucker to run behind.
The defense is as solid as it’s been in years with an incredible amount of snaps, tackles and quarterback pressures returning among the group. Chris Steele looks every bit like potentially one of the best cover corners in the conference if he can make the sophomore leap during his second season on campus while the rest of the secondary and front seven members are seasoned, experienced and ready to roll.
Don’t expect an influx of young recruits as that definitely was the low point of the 2019-20 season/offseason, as Clay Helton and Co. finished with the conference’s 10th-ranked recruiting class, according to 247Sports.
While the 2021 recruiting class is already looking better than 2020 (thanks Brandon Campbell), that’s for another story. We like the preseason odds.
We like ‘em, a lot.
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