USC's 10 breakout candidates 

March, 22, 2013
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For college football players across the country, the spring marks a time of opportunity, a chance to dive headfirst into position battles and to make a move up the depth chart -- particularly for those lesser-known players, as well as the new additions to the rosters.

But for Lane Kiffin’s USC squad, which now has two weeks of spring ball under its belt, that atmosphere of opportunity and competition has been even more pronounced than usual. With four new assistant coaches added to the staff this winter, not to mention a complete change in defensive philosophy, there has been a feeling permeating throughout the program that everyone is starting out fresh. It’s in this environment that a number of players looking to take a giant leap forward, not to mention a few newcomers, have shined at times this spring, showing that they could be ready to make a significant impact.

Here’s a look at 10 maybe not-so-familiar faces who have made the most of the spring so far.

PAC-12 SCOREBOARD

Saturday, 12/20
Monday, 12/22
Tuesday, 12/23
Wednesday, 12/24
Friday, 12/26
Saturday, 12/27
Monday, 12/29
Tuesday, 12/30
Wednesday, 12/31
Thursday, 1/1
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Saturday, 1/3
Sunday, 1/4
Monday, 1/12