Here are my final season grades for USC:
RECORD: 10-2, 7-2
SEASON GPA: B
Matt Barkley finally lived up to the high school hype. His 39 touchdown passes set a school record but fans only know they want him back for one more season
No one anticipated Curtis McNeal would turn into the second coming of Jacquizz Rogers. When Marc Tyler injured his shoulder, USC actually got more dangerous at tailback.
Sometimes being lucky is better than being smart. USC held off giving Marqise Lee a scholarship but look like geniuses today with Lee and Robert Woods.
Lane Kiffin offered them few compliments but they exceeded all expectations and allowed less sacks (eight) than all but three teams in the nation. But will Matt Kalil return?
This was supposed to be the best group on the team but only Nick Perry (9.5 sacks) really came through with a big season. Defensive tackle George Uko could be a top playmaker next year.
Lane Kiffin said the insertion of Lamar Dawson late in the season made defense dominating. But it was really outside linebackers Dion Bailey and Hayes Pullard that made most of the plays.
There were real problems finding a starting cornerback until Isiah Wiley took over midway through the season. Will Bailey shift to safety next season to replace T.J. McDonald?
Kicker Andre Heidari and punter Kyle Negrete enjoyed excellent seasons. The only drawback was the coaches always patting themselves on the back for doing a good job.
Everything is about end results and a 10-2 season makes everyone happy. Does this mean Lane Kiffin was wrong when he belittled the talent on his roster?