The current collection of talent for the Trojans may be the deepest in the programs tradition rich history. And while nearly every position on the SC roster has a proven superstar, the wide receivers group are still young and eager to show what they can do. With the recent losses of Jarrett, Smith and McFoy, it will be interesting to see how this young group evolves heading into the Fall.
Patrick Turner - Jr. - Turner is next in line, and he has waited his turn behind current Carolina Panther Dwayne Jarrett. This Spring saw Turner take on the role as the leader of this group, and he looked good doing it. While David Ausberry has provided some heat at the feet of the Tennessee product, Turner is ready to show the world what he can do. Turner has all the tools in the world athletically, the greater question will be can he produce week in and week out? And the answer is yes. Turner will be asked to anchor a young but uber-talented corps of receivers, and I look for him to establish himself as one of the premier receivers in the country this year.
David Ausberry - Fr. - Behind Turner may be the most overlooked receiver in the Pac-10, that is until this Spring. Ausberry used his freshman year at Troy honing his skill set during a red-shirt year. Ausberry has become familiar with the playbook and boy is it paying off. Ausberry was all over the place this Spring, and in my mind the most consistent wide receiver in the Spring setting. It seemed as if the main concern for the former Lemoore HS (CA.) standout was maintaining weight, but that has seemingly been an easy task. I really look for Ausberry to make a lot of plays come Fall.
Jamere Holland - Fr. - Speed, speed, speed is the name of the game when it comes to Jamere Holland. Holland started off his Trojan young Trojan career injured during 7-on-7’s last Summer, eventually missing the entire 06’ campaign with a broken collarbone. It was a great site to see Holland out there this spring, catching passes and even lending a hand in the return game. Holland showed flashes of the speed that made him and all-everything track star at Taft HS (CA.). But unfortunate for Holland, he suffered another injury to his collarbone before spring came to a close.
Vidal Hazelton - So. - You can’t help but root on Vidal Hazelton after he stuck with his verbal commitment to USC after many other factors were pulling him elsewhere. Hazelton did not have the freshman season he wanted, but recently found himself as the starter opposite of Turner on the end of spring depth chart. Hazelton had a very solid Spring, catching a touchdown pass in the annual Trojan Huddle. Hazelton is a fearless receiver, and will go up and get about anything while its in the air. I’m looking for Hazelton to continue his progression heading into the Fall, and firmly assert himself number one of the depth chart.
Travon Patterson - So. - Travon Patterson has been on fire recently, simply put. He has been one of the most consistent pass catching options over the Spring, and broke out in the annual Trojan huddle. Patterson hauled in a pair of touchdowns receiving, including one more score on a punt return for six. Patterson may not be the prototypical receiver SC fans have become accustomed to seeing over the last few years, but being 5’8 hasn’t been the worst things for pro’s such as Steve Smith, Santana Moss, and plenty of others. Patterson will also look to boaster a lack-luster return game at Troy, making his value very high.
Brad Walker - Sr. - Walker is Mr. reliable when it comes to the receiving corp. The lone senior in this talented group, Walker will be called on again to do what he does so brilliantly, the little things. Walker has become the Trojan’s best blocking receiver, although Vidal Hazelton may be pushing him for that title. And while most people will remember Walker for a certain other play, he has been and will continue to be a contributing factor for this National Championship hopeful USC Trojans.
Damian Williams - So. - Damian Williams and expected transfer Mitch Mustain provided one of the most lethal one-two punches on the high school level in recent memory. Williams, who recently transferred from Arkansas after an opening campaign that saw him earn Freshman All-SEC, will have to sit out this year due to transfer rules. There is no denying Williams’ ability, but an early injury in the Spring saw his debut short-lived. Williams will spend this next year improving the players around him, including the secondary.
There is no question that this group is talented. The main concern will be the lack of catches between this entire group. I don’t see the lack of experience being too much of factor however, as I believe talent will overcome inexperience.