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.