Marqise Lee was never 100 percent until the Las Vegas Bowl and rarely looked like the Biletnikoff Award winner. This probably cost the Trojans a couple games, notably Notre Dame when he dropped a touchdown pass he usually caught. Nelson Agholor provided some big plays but dropped too many passes to overcome Lee’s injuries. Freshman Darreus Rogers provided a spark but like Lee was injured for parts of the season.
Tight end Xavier Grimble was a unique threat but was not a significant part of the offense until Kiffin was fired and Clay Helton could call more plays for him.