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The USC Top Ten: Week 2

9/10/2012

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

Here is the Trojan 10 following the 42-29 victory over Syracuse:

1. Matt Barkley: It wasn’t a stellar performance under the bright lights in New York but it was still a six-touchdown effort and a reminder of how good he is even if things aren’t going perfect.

2. (tie) Robert Woods: The old explosiveness was back in Woods’ game and it was a pleasant reminder for USC fans of just how impactful he can be. He made plays as a pass catcher, a runner and a punt returner.

2. (tie) Marqise Lee: In a game when Woods got most of the attention, Lee still caught 11 passes and scored three touchdowns for the first time in his career. And that was all while getting double-teamed by Syracuse.

4. Nickell Robey: As the corner spot opposite Robey continues to struggle, his solid coverage on the other side becomes more and more critical. He has looked up to the task so far.

5. T.J. McDonald: As the leader of the defense, McDonald will need to play a role to help improve the pass coverage. Kiffin said he thought that area would be much improved this year.

6. Dion Bailey: Tied for the team lead in tackles, two interceptions and a key stop on a two-point conversion attempt. Just another day at the office for Bailey.

7. Hayes Pullard: You can’t deny how active he is at middle linebacker, he’s looked very comfortable through two games and he’s making plays. There hasn’t been a noticeable drop off in LB play despite the absence of Lamar Dawson and Pullard gets the credit for that.

8. Silas Redd: Both running backs got going in the game -- which was a positive sign -- and Redd continues to show a hard-running style that has adapted well so far in the USC offense.

9. Morgan Breslin: Breslin has been the most productive member of a defensive line unit that was expected to be a concern heading into the season. Kiffin called him the surprise of the team.

10. Khaled Holmes: Holmes left the game early after getting rolled up on the back on his ankle, however there is no confirmed news on the status of the injury or how long he may be out. If he is forced to miss time, the Trojans will be without the leader in the middle of the offensive line.