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The USC Top 10: Week 3

9/17/2012

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

Here is the USC 10 following the 21-14 loss at Stanford:

1. Matt Barkley: It was as much pressure as Barkley has seen in a game as a USC quarterback. He was sacked four times and threw back-to-back interceptions that Lane Kiffin called the “worst decisions” he had seen from Barkley.

2. Khaled Holmes: The loss of Holmes for the Stanford game had a significant impact on the USC offense, both in play-calling and the ability to protect the quarterback.

3. Dion Bailey: He continues to be the single biggest playmaker on the USC defense. Bailey had an interception, a tipped ball that led to an interception and his usual high total of tackles.

4. Marqise Lee: On a night when very little went right for the USC offense, Lee still had eight catches for 100 yards.

5. Robert Woods: Woods was limited to four catches for 38 yards, but one of those catches was an impressive 24-yard gain on a 4th down play.

6. T.J. McDonald: His tough tackling in the first half was one of the key reasons that USC was able to hold the Cardinal to seven points at halftime.

7. Andre Heidari: How important is Heidari? Without him, the Trojans were reluctant to try a chip-shot field goal in the third quarter that would have put them up by two scores.

8. Curtis McNeal: So far this season McNeal is averaging seven carries a game for 37 yards. His big-play production helped launch the USC offensive surge last year and they will need him again.

9. Hayes Pullard: He’s doing a great job of staying right with Bailey in terms of production from the linebacker spot, very good consistency early in the season.

10. Cyrus Hobbi: If Holmes is unavailable, Hobbi will need to be a quick study from both a physical and mental standpoint.