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The USC 10: Week 5

10/8/2012

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 38-28 victory over Utah:

1. Matt Barkley: It was the most efficient game of the year for Barkley, and it showed in the USC win. He completed 23 of 30 passes for 303 yards and three touchdowns. More importantly to Trojans fans, he looked as comfortable as he has all year.

2. Marqise Lee: He’s making a strong case for being the most dynamic player in the country. Against the Utes he had 12 catches for 192 yards and a touchdown. Apparently that wasn’t enough, though, as Lee is now lobbying Lane Kiffin for some playing time at cornerback.

3. Khaled Holmes: It looked like it was going to be a long night for Holmes against and the Trojans early on with his struggles against big-time Utah DT Star Lotulelei. Holmes eventually settled down and held his own for the remainder of the game without any obvious hiccups.

4. T.J. McDonald: Continues to be the rock of the defense, leading the team in tackles against Utah with nine.

5. Silas Redd: With Curtis McNeal out of action during the game, the Trojans turned primarily to Redd, who is proving to be a reliable workhorse. He had 17 carries for 77 yards and a touchdown.

6. Nickell Robey: He is known more for his pass-coverage skills, but this game showed a more physical Robey as he ended up with seven tackles. Of course, he also had an interception return for a touchdown.

7. Dion Bailey: It wasn’t his biggest statistical night. Bailey only had three tackles, and it shows how consistent he’s been when it stands out that he isn’t among the team leaders.

8. Morgan Breslin: His pressure on the quarterback forced the errant throw that landed in Robey's arms for the pick-six. He also had five tackles and a tackle for loss.

9. Robert Woods: A steady game with six catches for 69 yards and a touchdown. He also showed his physical side with a huge block on special teams, one that left him wobbly for several minutes. He returned to action a few plays later and will be ready to go against Washington.

10. Hayes Pullard: Tied for second on the team in tackles with seven and is third overall in tackles for the season.