Five players to watch this spring 

February, 28, 2012
Greg Townsend, Jr.Garry Paskwietz/WeAreSC.comGreg Townsend Jr. has all the necessary physical tools to make an impact as a rotation defensive end, and spring practice will go a long way to seeing if he's mentally ready to make that leap.

LOS ANGELES -- With spring practice now officially one week away, let's take a look at five players who have stood out in offseason workouts and seem to be ready for bigger roles this spring.

WR Victor Blackwell -- There has been a lot of attention paid to the move of George Farmer back to wide receiver and deservedly so, as Farmer has looked good in returning to his preferred position. However, Farmer is going to have competition for the No. 3 receiver spot from Blackwell, a speedy redshirt freshman who has the kind of burst and explosion that Lane Kiffin wants to see in his receivers. Blackwell also has one advantage over Farmer, as his familiarity with Matt Barkley dates back to when both played at Santa Ana (Calif.) Mater Dei HS.