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The Trojan 10: Week 1 power rankings

9/3/2012

Each week, the WeAreSC staff will update this list to reflect which USC players are making an impact.

Here is the Trojan 10 following the season opening 49-10 victory over Hawaii:

1. Matt Barkley: He’s still the top gun. Week 1 showed how much Barkley is in control of this team and he looked very much in command. The spotlight will be on him next week at MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, N.J.

2. Marqise Lee: Lee exploded against Hawaii with a performance that was as dynamic as any player in the country. He looks to make a big play every time he touches the ball.

3. T.J. McDonald: The young defense came together in the opener and McDonald deserves credit for his role as the leader of that group.

4. Nickell Robey: It was a sure sign of respect from Norm Chow that he rarely threw in Robey’s direction. One of the few times he did, Nickell tipped the pass in the air and it was returned for a touchdown by Hayes Pullard.

5. Robert Woods: It should be impressive to see what happens to this offense when Woods gets back into his full groove.

6. Dion Bailey: Dion picked right up where he left off last year as the leading tackler for the USC defense and once again showed a consistent nose for the ball.

7. Khaled Holmes: Barkley wasn’t sacked against the Warriors. That’s a pretty important stat when it comes to this team.

8. George Uko: There are big things expected from Uko this year and he responded with a sack and a forced fumble, as well as good leadership for a young d-line group that played extremely well.

9. Hayes Pullard: Moved effortlessly to the middle linebacker spot in the absence of Lamar Dawson. His interception return for a touchdown was obviously a highlight but he was solid for the rest of the game as well.

10. Curtis McNeal: His inability to get going was one of the few things missing from the offense. As he proved last year, when he does get it going it can take the offense to a whole other level.