Inexperience shows on USC offensive line 

September, 16, 2012
If there was any position group that represented how this game went for the USC Trojans, it was the offensive line. The 21-14 loss to Stanford was a tough one for the team and that unit.

The line was missing its leader in senior center Khaled Holmes, who sat out the game because of an ankle injury. That’s a difficult situation to face, especially when the replacement is a redshirt freshman in Cyrus Hobbi who has only seen token reps in early-season games and the opponent is a physical group that likes to put a man directly over the center.

Matt Barkley
Ezra Shaw/Getty ImagesMatt Barkley didn't have a good night in front of a patchwork offensive line.
There was also a left tackle in Aundrey Walker who was facing his first major test of Pac-12 conditions. The inexperience of both players ended up showing in this game, but they weren’t alone as there were issues all up and down the line with the more veteran players as well.