USC Trojans College Football Preview 2021: Top Players
Best USC Trojans Offensive Player
QB Kevon Slovis, Jr.
This was supposed to be when the JT Daniels era was about to kick in full force, but a knee injury opened the door for Slovis, and now the focus is all on the 6-3, 215-pounder going into his third year as the main man.
Slovis was massive in 2019, throwing for over 3,500 yards with 30 scores, but last year it was as if he pressed a bit too much and things weren’t quite in sync. He was able to pull off 17 touchdown passes with seven picks in the six games, but it was a bit too much of a struggle at times. This is the year when things should slow down and his production should go through the roof.
2. WR Drake London, Jr.
3. C Brett Neilon, Sr.
4. WR Bru McCoy, Soph.
5. OT Jalen McKenzie, Sr.
Best USC Trojans Defensive Player
LB/DE Drake Jackson, Jr.
The 6-4, 255-pounder only came up with two sacks after leading the team in 2019, and now he’s showing off for the NFL. He’s got the right combination of size, quickness, and closing ability, but now he has to take things up another notch.
Everyone is going to key on stopping him, but he has to be a more disruptive force and be more of a stat-sheet filler. Even he doesn’t have the raw numbers, he’s going to make every offense know where he is.
2. CB Chris Steele, Jr.
3. S Isaiah Pola-Mao, Sr.
4. DE Nick Figueroa, Sr.
5. LB Kana’i Mauga, Sr.
Top Incoming USC Trojans Transfer
DT Ishmael Sopsher, Soph.
From KD Nixon (Colorado) and Tahj Washington (Memphis) for the receiving corps, to RB Keontay Ingram (Texas), to Chris Thompson (Auburn) and Xavion Alford (Texas) for the secondary, the Trojans are bringing in a slew of ready-made parts.
None are as necessary as the 6-4, 330-pound Sopsher.
A great get for Alabama, he wasn’t able to get in and do much in his limited time, but now he has to be the big body to gum things up on the nose. He has to get healthy and be ready to roll in fall camp, but he’ll play a key role.