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USC Football: Trojans unveil their depth chart for the Season Opener

With very few surprises, the Trojans return with a bevy of experienced starters

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The big news yesterday was coach Clay Helton naming true freshman and Gatorade National Athlete of the Year J.T. Daniels as the starting quarterback, but USC released its full depth chart yesterday as well.

A notable position battle decision was Austin Jackson beating out Clayton Bradley at left tackle. Stephen Carr, Aca‘Cedric Ware and Vavae Malepeai were named co-starters at tailback, while the CB position opposite Iman Marshall is yet to be decided between Greg Johnson and Isaiah Langley.

Matt Fink was named the backup QB, which strongly suggests that a transfer from Jack Sears is likely. True freshmen standouts from fall camp Amon Ra St. Brown and Devon Williams were named the backup wide receivers and additionally St. Brown will replace Ajene Harris as the punt returner.

Ykili Ross held true to his commitment promise in 2015 that he would be at USC for the “next 3 years," but not in the way he had hoped. Ross will not be on the team this fall and instead focus on becoming a graduate transfer.

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Here is USC's full opening day depth chart:

OFFENSE:

Quarterback

18-JT Daniels (6-3, 210, Fr)

19-Matt Fink (6-3, 190, R-So)

10-Jack Sears (6-3, 200, R-Fr)

Tailback

28-Aca’Cedric Ware (6-0, 215, Sr) co-starter

29-Vavae Malepeai (6-0, 210, R-So) co-starter

7-Stephen Carr (6-0, 210, So) co-starter

30-Markese Stepp (6-0, 230, Fr)

Wide receiver (Z)

6-Michael Pittman (6-4, 215, Jr)

8-Amon-Ra St. Brown (6-1, 195, Fr)

17-Josh Imatorbhebhe (6-2, 215, R-So)

Wide receiver (X)

21-Tyler Vaughns (6-2, 185, R-So)

2-Devon Williams (6-4, 205, Fr)

87-Randal Grimes (6-4, 205, So)

Slot receiver (Y)

1-Velus Jones (6-0, 190, R-So)

13-Trevon Sidney (5-11, 170, R-So)

85-Keyshawn Young (5-11, 170, R-So)

Tight end

82-Tyler Petite (6-4, 250, Sr)

84-Erik Krommenhoek (6-5, 245, So)

F-back

83-Josh Falo (6-6, 235, So)

88-Daniel Imatorbebhe (6-3, 240, R-Jr)

Left tackle

73-Austin Jackson (6-6, 302, So)

76-Clayton Bradley (6-5, 295, R-Jr)

51-Bernard Schirmer (6-6, 290, R-So)

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Austin Jackson, 73, and Chase McGrath
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Left guard

77-Chris Brown (6-5, 310, R-Sr)

56-Jordan Austin (6-4, 300, R-Sr)

52-Jacob Daniel (6-4, 305, R-Jr)

Center

50-Toa Lobendahn (6-3, 290, R-Sr)

62-Brett Neilon (6-2, 295, R-Fr)

57-Justin Dedich (6-2, 290, Fr)

Right guard

72-Andrew Vorhees (6-6, 310, So)

75-Alijah Vera-Tucker (6-5, 290, R-Fr)

65-Frank Martin (6-4, 300, R-So)

Right tackle

70-Chuma Edoga (6-4, 295, Sr)

54-Jalen McKenzie (6-5, 305, R-Fr)

68-Liam Douglass (6-5, 290, Fr)

DEFENSE:

Defensive tackle

44-Malik Dorton (6-2, 280, R-Sr)

78-Jay Tufele (6-3, 310, R-Fr)

97-Jacob Lichtenstein (6-5, 270, R-Fr)

Nose tackle

91-Brandon Pili (6-4, 325, So)

51-Marlon Tuipulotu (6-3, 305, R-Fr)

93-Liam Jimmons (6-4, 290, R-So)

95-Trevor Trout (6-4, 310, Fr)

Defensive end

89-Christian Rector (6-4, 275, R-Jr)

96-Caleb Tremblay (6-5, 270, Jr)

90-Connor Murphy (6-7, 260, Jr)

Strong-side linebacker

56-Jordan Iosefa (6-2, 230, Jr)

26-Kana’i Mauga (6-2, 240, Fr)

41-Juliano Falaniko (6-4, 230, So)

42-Abdul Malik-McClain (6-4, 240, Fr)

DE/OLB

45-Porter Gustin (6-5, 260, Sr)

31-Hunter Echols (6-5, 240, R-Fr)

34-Elijah Winston (6-3, 235, Fr)

99-Wole Betiku (6-3, 240, Jr)

Middle linebacker

35-Cam Smith (6-2, 250, Sr)

47-Reuben Peters (6-0, 230, R-Sr)

1-Palaie Gaoteote (6-2, 250, Fr)

Weakside linebacker

10-John Houston (6-3, 210, R-Jr)

13-Levi Jones (6-3, 220, So)

18-Raymond Scott (6-2, 220, Fr)

58-Solomon Tuliaupupu (6-3, 240, Fr)

Cornerback

8-Biggie Marshall (6-1, 205, Sr)

4-Olaijah Griffin (6-0, 180, Fr)

22-Je’Quari Godfrey (6-2, 185, R-Fr)

Cornerback

9-Greg Johnson (5-11, 190, R-Fr) Undecided

24-Isaiah Langley (6-0, 175, Sr) Undecided

6-Isaac Taylor-Stuart (6-2, 190, Fr)

Nickel

27-Ajene Harris (5-10, 190, R-Sr)

23-Jonathan Lockett (5-11, 180, R-Sr)

17-Chase Williams (6-2, 190, Fr)

16-Dominic Davis (5-9, 190, R-Jr)

Strong safety

2-Bubba Bolden (6-3, 200, So)

28-C.J. Pollard (6-1, 190, R-So)

15-Talanoa Hufanga (6-1, 215, Fr)

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Free safety

7-Marvell Tell (6-3, 195, Sr)

21-Isaiah Pola-Mao (6-4, 200, R-Fr)

SPECIAL TEAMS

Kickoff returner

1-Velus Jones (6-0, 190, R-So)

7-Stephen Carr (6-0, 210, So)

9-Greg Johnson (5-11, 190, R-Fr)

8-Amon-Ra St. Brown (6-1, 195, Fr)

Punt returner

8-Amon Ra. St. Brown (6-1, 195, Fr)

27-Ajene Harris (5-10, 190, R-Sr)

21-Tyler Vaughns (6-2, 185, R-So)

Placekicker

40-Chase McGrath (6-0, 190, So)

49-Michael Brown (6-1, 195, R-So)

Punter

46-Reid Budrovich (5-11, 185, R-Sr)

36-Chris Tilbey (6-5, 215, R-Sr)

Long snapper

48-Damon Johnson (6-0, 200, So)

46-Wyatt Schmidt (6-3, 205, R-Sr)

61-Jake Olson (6-3, 225, R-So)

Holder

46-Wyatt Schmidt (6-3, 205, R-Sr)

10-Jack Sears (6-3, 200, R-Fr)

19-Matt Fink (6-3, 190, R-So)