USC Football releases depth chart ahead of UNLV matchup

The depth chart doesn't feature many surprises, but there are a few notables.

Following, true freshman JT Daniels being named USC's starting quarterback against UNLV, the team released its depth chart for the season.

The chart wasn't all too surprising for those who have been following training camp performances. Still, there were a few notables.


Backing up Daniels on Saturday will be redshirt sophomore Matt Fink. Fink, played back-up to Sam Darnold last season. He beat out redshirt freshman Jack Sears for the No.2 spot on the team's depth chart. Sears, who often out-performed Fink during camp sits at No. 3 on the chart. While, neither  Fink nor Sears have indicated that they will be transferring, Sears placement on the depth chart suggests otherwise.


Heading into Saturday's matchup against UNLV, three USC tailbacks were named co-starters. At the top of the list is senior Aca'Cedric Ware. Redshirt sophomore Vavae Malepeai is second on the depth chart, while sophomore Stephen Carr rounds out the list of co-starters. While there is officially no true "starter" expect Ware to take the majority of snaps on opening day.

Wide Receivers

Junior Michael Pittman Jr. and redshirt sophomore Tyler Vaughns enter the season as starting receivers, while redshirt sophomore Velus Jones Jr. enters as the starting slot receiver.

Behind Pittman is heralded freshman Amon-Ra St. Brown. St. Brown, who graduated from Mater Dei played alongside Daniels. Expect, St. Brown to work his way into several packages as Offensive Coordinator Tee Martin and head Coach Clay Helton look to emulate the magic Daniels and St. Brown had together.

Offensive Line 

The offensive line remains largely the same, but it's important to note that sophomore Austin Jackson beat out redshirt junior Clayton Bradley for the starting job at left tackle. Bradley is expected to still receive reps at the position throughout the season.

Defensive Backs

With news of sophomore Bubba Bolden's absence for Saturday's game, Isaiah Pola-Mao will start in his place at strong safety. Bolden emerged as the starter after redshirt junior Ykili Ross became injured and later elected to transfer following his graduation in the fall.

Redshirt freshman Greg Johnson will get the starting nod at cornerback. He beat out senior Isaiah Langley for the job. Johnson will start opposite senior Iman Marshall.

Punt Returns 

While Amon-Ra St. Brown will not be starting in a traditional wide receiver role, he will be starting as the Trojans' lead punt returner. St. Brown will take over the duties from defensive back Ajene Harris.

The job will provide St. Brown even more touches per game and allow him to utilize his speed and agility.