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Guarding The Line

by Greg Katz

LOS ANGELES — Whenever the USC Trojans have been at their best on offense, it’s a good bet that the interior of their offensive line, namely the two guard positions, has been a major cog in the machinery.

With expectations high for 2015, the Trojans’ situation at offensive guard appears to be rounding into a formidable force. What was a learning curve last season for a collection of extremely inexperienced but talented true freshman guards is expected to transition into an experienced and productive collection of sophomores.

The Trojans return sophomore starters Viane Talamaivao — a physical 6-foot-3, 330 pounds of irresistible force at right guard — and Damien Mama, a powerful 6-foot-5, 370-pounder who is a “pancake” aficionado.

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Greg Katz

Now entering his 59th season of either writing, broadcasting, or just plain watching USC football, WeAreSC columnist Greg Katz began his affiliation with the website back in 2001, introducing his well-received O/NSO (The Obvious/The Not So Obvious) column and later adding his respected IMHO Sunday opinion and tidbits column. Greg, a former ESPN.com college football columnist covering USC, is also a member of the Football Writer's Association of America. He is also known in Southern California as a professional public address announcer, having called the the 1996 Rose Bowl Game between USC and Northwestern. Greg also holds a master's degree in athletic administration and was a former varsity high school coach of 27 years.

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