As we hit the midway point in the season it's time to take a look at how our teams are doing. Feel free to use this format or create your own. #9 USC 5-1 (2-1) Offense: QB Cody Kessler- The season now rests in the hands of Cody "Who the hell are you" Kessler. With the injury to Matt Barkley for the year, and our offensive attack being more pass heavy, it is Kessler's shot. Can he lead the team to a Rose Bowl berth? WR Marqise Lee- Leads the team in Yard (749) and receiving TD (10). Most experts predicted Robert Woods having the best receiving year, but Lee has been a breakthrough star here in USC. He will need to continue to produce with a much less accurate QB now getting him the ball. Defense: LE Devon Kennard- It's no secret this USC defense is a disappointment. But Kennard has been one of the bright spots here. His 5 sacks lead the team, and one of those sacks was a forced fumble. We need him to get even better. ROLB Hayes Pullard- The most talented guy on the linebacking corps, Pullard has impressed us. His coverage skills have been solid and more importantly, he reads the plays well and gets in the backfield and leads the team with 10 TFL. Big Wins: Week 1 vs Arkansas- Somehow we pulled this one out, and unfortunately this was the only win worth a damn for the Trojans. If we played them now?? We would lose by 40. Tough Losses: Week 8 @ Utah- I knew this would be a tough game, but I was not prepared for how easily this team moved the ball on us. We gave up nearly 300 yards on the ground and could not stop them. On offense? The team was devastated as Senior QB Matt Barkley was knocked out of the game. Results showed a broken elbow and he is expected to miss the rest of the year. Big Games remaining: Week 11 vs Oregon- I am hoping that we can keep this one close. The team is discouraged after losing their leader in Barkley and it's up to an unheard of kid to lead us to victory. If our defense plays like they have all year we have no chance. A loss to the Ducks will sting.. Week 14 vs Notre Dame- This always big rivalry could possibly determine more than just bragging rights. Notre Dame nearly pulled off the upset over Michigan, and this team should not be taken for granted. Other Comments: Losing a player the quality of Barkley hurts. Combine that with one of the worst defensive units we have ever coached, and you have a squad with no morale at all. We need a big win or two and the games versus Notre Dame and Oregon are our chances to save the season. We knew Utah would be tough, but were unprepared for how tough. We are also disappointed in our recruiting so far this year. We landed two solid defensive players, but lost out on two guys we really wanted to the Ducks. We were a little cocky in our recruiting prowess this year, and are now convinced this year will not be that good. We expect next year to give us a top 5 class.