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Monday, November 19, 2012
The USC 10: Week 12
By WeAreSC staff
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 loss to UCLA:
In terms of pure impact -- good or bad -- nobody had more than Barkley, as evidenced by the reaction when he went out of the game with a shoulder injury.
Curtis McNeal had another strong effort against the Bruins, rushing for 161 yards.
Ran 21 times for 161 yards, but it was his effort and will to win that really resonated with USC fans after the game.
His consistency has been as impressive as anything this year. He had another nine catches for 158 yards and a touchdown against the Bruins.
He paced the team on the defensive side of the ball with 11 tackles.
Went 3-for-3 in late action after the Barkley injury but now will be called upon to start against the Irish.
The true freshman is officially a force along the D-line, recording 10 tackles, a sack and two tackles for loss against UCLA.
The normally reliable Heidari missed a 44-yard field-goal attempt and had a 38-yard attempt blocked late in the game, while also missing an extra point.
Showed what kind of an impact he can make when healthy, catching three passes and one touchdown.
His big-play ability is starting to be on display more and more. This time it was with a 33-yard touchdown dash.
With a left tackle, you often only see his impact when something goes wrong, as it did when Walker missed a block that resulted in Barkley's injury.