USC Begins Quest for National Championship

9/1/12 in NCAAF   |   AJ_88   |   166 respect

The USC Trojans, ranked as the top squad entering the 2012 campaign, will begin their journey with a home opener against the visiting Hawaii Warriors.  All but guaranteed to be taking the field in front of 90,000+ fans, the Trojans are just excited to be able to play for something other than personal pride this season.

"It's great to be back in the mix of things again," Matt Barkley said. ''The overall skill is unique,'' Barkley said. ''I've never been a part of a group of players this talented and special." After a two-year ban from postseason play, USC is faced with high expectations entering the season, especially because of the supporting cast surrounding Barkley. 

Nov 26, 2011; Los Angeles, CA, USA; Southern California Trojans quarterback Matt Barkley (7) directs the Spirit of Troy marching band in a rendition of Tribute to Troy after the game against the UCLA Bruins at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum. USC defeated UCLA 50-0. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee/Image of Sport-US PRESSWIRERobert Woods and Marqise Lee (both 1,000 yard receivers), Curtis McNeal and Penn State transfer, Silas Redd (both 1,000 yard rushers), provide the Trojans with one of the top offensive squads in the nation.  Weapons on both ends of the field and the backfield will force opposing defenses to essentially pick their poison.  Opponents will have trouble stopping the balanced attack as there is no defense for talent across the board. 

Defensive shifts and overloads might cause some confusion occasionally, however, the core talent on the Trojan roster are upperclassmen who have seen it all. Rest assured, Head coach Lane Kiffin will have his team ready each and every game. 

Newcomer to the Trojan family, Yonatan "Yogi" Aviv is a reserve walk-on defensive tackle, awaiting his opportunity to make a name for himself on the field. When the time comes, Yogi will be ready. He is fierce, competitive and persistent - all attributes you want in a tackle. Check out his bio:
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