Players Rainman44 Junior Member Joined: Aug 24, 2017 Messages: 490 Likes Received: 530 Aug 12, 2019 #1 I was thinking about the team make-up thus far; I personally like this group, though it might be premature to say much more than that. Long way to0 go, but I like USC chances. To that end, I thought about what players stand out to me, those that I'm particularly interested in seeing perform, develop, lead, etc this season. I narrowed my list to 3 on offense and 3 on defense. Offense: Michael Pittman - I could have easily have gone with Tyler Vaughns, but I chose Pittman because he strikes me as one who is going to be a visible leader and force on the field and off. He hasn't had instant success at USC, but we've seen enough to know he can be an AA if everything lines up. But his biggest role might just be that of leader, which he seems to be ready for. Vavae Malepeai - I could haver chosen any one of the RB's, but for some of the same reasons I choose Pittman, I'm going with Vavae. He's worked hard in his time at USC, always representing the team. It'd be great to see him have an All Pac 12 like season doing little bit of everything out of the backfield. Jack Sears - Yup, I think it's Jack's turn. This is not a statement against JT (I think the Trojans can win with him under center too), I'm just saying that Sears is ready IMHO and would be a big emotional boost to the team if he is turned loose at QB 2019. Defense: Marlon Tuipulotu -I've been a big fan of this big man since he flipped from UW. Hurting his back in year #1 was tough. He made it back though, and this is the season he shines. I think the DL is set up for this guy to a huge contributor. Palaie Gaoteote - I don't have to say much here. I'm just excited to see this kid play. I hope he hasn't been over hyped (by default he has being compared to Junior, but oh well). Bottom line, anxious to see if he can be molded into a force on D that intimidates the opponent. Talanoa Hufanga - I've always been a huge fan of USC secondary starts like Ronnie Lott, Dennis Smith, Mark Carrier. It seems like we haven't had the big time players back there in a long time (Isaiah Palo Mao could have been named here just as easily). Hufanga has exhibited leadership tendencies as well, and that means a lot to a team trying to find its way. Those are 3 good football players on each side of the ball, for any team to build around. Interested to hear what others think. Butcher22, Cardinal&Gold, TrojanWagon88 and 5 others like this.