USC won its first victory of the 2012 season by starting quarterback Matt Barkley deciding to forgo the NFL draft to return for his final season with the Trojans. This could be the USC equivalent of Andrew Luck deciding to stay his final year at Stanford last season, and, hopefully, for Trojans fans everywhere it will result in a national championship, or at least a Rose Bowl victory.
The following are the top 10 questions that are facing the USC Trojans as they prepare for their first season back from NCAA sanctions and the prospect of returning to PAC-12 champion contention and a major bowl invitation.
Will Matt Barkley Match Matt Leinart? - Leinart notched two national titles while he was at USC, although only one in an actual BCS national title game. Can Barkley get to the big one and win like Leinart did?
Can Robert Woods and Marquise Lee Be The Most Dynamic Receiving Duo In The Nation? These two explosive wide-outs have the makings of a fierce combination if they can both stay healthy and play up the level fans are hoping for.
Will Nelson Agholor Be An Instant Impact Player? He can play either wide receiver or running back, and could be another Reggie Bush.
Is George Uko Ready For Prime Time? Coaches are impressed by the defensive lineman's development, and are hoping he's ready take on a starting job.
Could Demetrius Wright Be Another Troy Palomalu? The safety is shining out as the star of the defensive backs so far in spring practices.
Will Morgan Breslin Get A Chance To Fill The Defensive End Position Left By Nick Perry Going To The NFL? The standout 2012 recruit could get a lot of playing time this year in Monte Kiffin's pass rush schemes.
Can Torin Harris Return From Injury To Fulfill the Promise He Showed In 2011? After suffering a shoulder injury at the end of last season, Harris will have to earn his starting cornerback position back in spring practices.
Will It Be Aundrey Walker or Kevin Graf To Replace Matt Kalil At Left Tackle? As Kalil goes to the NFL, his replacement will bear the burden of protecting Matt Barkley's blindside.
Can D'Von Flourney Stay Healthy And Finally Have A Breakout Season? Trojans fans know this talented receiver can be a superstar. Will 2012 be his year to shine?
Steven Holmes is a Los Angeles resident and season ticket holder for the USC Trojans.
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