It will be helpful when USC puts out a depth chart because a lot of fans I know still can’t name at least half the team.
Lincoln Riley said Saturday that he expects the lineup to change because of daily competition in practice.
“There will be somebody this year that’s a starter in Game 1 that isn’t in Game 5, and somebody that’s on the scout team or a two or a three in Game 1 who all of a sudden becomes a starter,” Riley said.
A scout team player becoming a starter? That would be something.
Of course, we don’t know who exactly is on the scout team because practices are closed during scrimmage portions.
For casual fans, guys like Stanley Ta’ufo’ou and De’jon Benton will be unfamiliar names that are part of the defensive line rotation. I still wonder how many fans are aware of transfers Shane Lee and Romello Height, who will be key members of the defense.
Even tight end is not a position a lot of fans are familiar with. Who remembers Malcolm Epps starting five games last season? He’s 6-6 but caught only 10 passes, which seems ridiculous.
Lake McRee is another tight end who should play that is an under-the-radar player.
How many remember wide receiver Terrell Bynum from Washington? He tends to get lost in all the talk about Jordan Addison, Jerry Rice’s son (Brenden Rice), Mario Williams from Oklahoma and Gary Bryant.