Preview 2019: USC. 5 Things You Need To Know, Season Prediction

Preview 2019: USC. 5 Things You Need To Know, Season Prediction

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Preview 2019: USC. 5 Things You Need To Know, Season Prediction

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3. TOP USC PLAYERS

Best USC Offensive Player

WR Michael Pittman, Sr. 
Look … out. If you’re looking for a national breakout star with the changes in offensive styles, it’s likely going to be the 6-4, 225-pound all-around receiver who can work inside or out. A great recruit who was showed a deep burst as a sophomore, he averaged 18.5 yards per catch on 41 grabs with six touchdowns.

A matchup problem, he’s got the size and the toughness to go along with the deep wheels and skill to win the 50/50 battles. After catching over 90 yards or more worth of passes in each of his last five games, he started to come on late last year, and now he’s about to explode.

2. QB JT Daniels, Soph.
3. WR/PR Tyler Vaughns, Jr.
4. WR Amon-Ra St. Brown, Soph.
5. OT Austin Jackson, Jr.

Best USC Defensive Player

DE Christian Rector, Sr.
The 6-4, 275-pounder has the next level size and the athleticism to move like a big outside linebacker and the toughness to hold up on the line. He broke out as a sophomore with 7.5 sacks and 11 tackles for loss, but was held in check for stretches last year despite doing more against the run.

He made 48 tackles with 4.5 sacks and nine tackles for loss, but he didn’t get to the quarterback quite enough. That’s about to change as he grows into even more of a pin-ears-back-and-go pass rusher.

2. LB John Houston, Sr.
3. DT Jay Tufele, Soph.
4. LB Jordon Iosefa, Sr.
5. DE Drake Jackson, Fr.

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