- Erik McKinney, ESPN Staff Writer
Of the 28 recruits who entered USC last season and are still on the roster, 18 used a redshirt year in 2011 and will be anxious to hit the field for spring ball knowing that the training wheels are off and the competition for playing time truly begins.
WeAreSC offers a rundown of those 18, including the impression they made last season and what to expect in the coming year.
P Kristopher Albarado - Albarado couldn't overtake Kyle Negrete as the starting punter last season and with Negrete returning as a senior after a terrific season, it's difficult to imagine the coaches will make a change this year. Albarado will be ready to step into the role as a redshirt sophomore in 2013.
RB Buck Allen - Allen arrived to USC late last fall, so there wasn't the same opportunity to see him play as there was with his fellow freshmen. It's likely that no redshirt freshman will be offered as much playing time as Allen this spring, as he is one of only three tailbacks and the only one who could qualify as a big back.
WR Victor Blackwell - The wide receiver position received as much attention as any spot at USC last season, and with Robert Woods and Marqise Lee returning, the same is likely to happen this year. Blackwell showed flashes of his talent on the scout team and has a real chance to push for the No. 3 or 4 receiver spot. He has the ability to play bigger than his size, which is a quality Lane Kiffin looks for in a receiver.