USC Trojans Top 10 Players: College Football Preview 2022

As it was, USC had a fair amount of talent.

It might not have been of the high standard that Alabama and Ohio State and Georgia could boast of, and Oregon probably had the best starting spot 22nd in the Pac-12, but the boys were in place no matter who took over as head coach .

And then along came Lincoln Riley, combined with the new and looser rules of the transfer portal and the explosion of NIL and all the opportunities that came with it, and Kaboom.

USC was filled with many, many, many amazing players who wanted to be part of the fun.

The program brought in the Oklahoma Heisman-caliber quarterback, landed one of the best running backs in the country — with the double boost of getting him out of Oregon — and signed college football’s top wide receiver in 2021.

Here are the top 10 USC players going into the season — and there are at least 10 more that would have made this list.

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1

Caleb Williams, QB Soph.

The 6-1, 215-pound sophomore burst onto the stage with a stunning touchdown run to change the game in Texas, leading to a shocking win and never looking back.

He may have had some breaks in the passing game, but his leadership and maturity for his age, intelligence and double threat ability make him one of the most dangerous all-around quarterbacks in the nation.

In just over half a working season, he completed 136 of 211 passes (65%) for 1,912 yards and 21 touchdowns and four interceptions, and he ran 79 times for 442 yards and six points.

2

Jordan Addison, WR Jr.

The 6-0, 175-pound winner of Biletnikoff as the nation’s top wide receiver, All-American and All-ACC star caught 160 passes for 2,259 yards — an average of 14.1 yards per catch — with 21 touchdowns and 114 rushing yards and a score in his two years with Pitt. He averaged 14.3 yards per punt return and 19.5 yards per kickoff return.

3

Tuli Tuipulotu, DT Jr.

The 6-4, 290-pound first-team all-pac-12 defenseman, one of the nation’s best defensive tackles and a big pro, made 70 tackles with 7.5 sacks, 10 tackles for the loss, broke two passes , forced two fumbles and recovered one for a score in his two seasons.

4

Travis Dye, RB, Sr.

The two-time Honorable Mention All-Pac-12 from Oregon, 5-10, 200 pounds, rushed 521 times for 3,111 yards — 6 yards per carry — with 21 touchdowns and caught 83 passes for 869 yards and eight points over his four seasons with the ducks. He also averaged over 20 yards per kickoff return and 10.4 yards per punt return.

5

Brett Neilon, C Sr.

The 6-2, 295-pound two-time Honorable Mention All-Pac-12 center is entering his fourth year at the position.

6

Nick Figueroa, DESr.

The 6-5, 275-pound former JUCO transfer and Cal Poly Mustang made 46 tackles with 5.5 sacks and 12 tackles for loss in his first three seasons with a fumbling recovery.

7

Ralen Goforth, LB Sr.

The 6-2, 225-pound outside linebacker has 104 tackles in his three years with four tackles for losses with a forced fumble and fumble recovery.

8th

Andrew Vorhees, OG Sr.

A 6-6, 325-pound mainstay on the line, he started the last four years for the Trojans and is now firmly established in the left guard. Honorable Mention All-Pac-12.

9

Courtland Ford, OT Soph.

The 6-6, 305-pound sophomore is shaping up to be a top pro in the left tackle after stints as a guard early in his career. He started most of last year but missed a few games injured.

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