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Monday, November 26, 2012
The USC 10: Week 13

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 22-13 loss to Notre Dame:

Max Wittek
Redshirt freshman Max Wittek performed admirably in his first start, but it wasn't enough against No. 1 Notre Dame.
1. Max Wittek: He may not have won his first game as a starter, but he did enough to have USC fans saying, “Hey, you know, Wittek might be pretty good next year.”

2. Robert Woods: After having been overshadowed by Marqise Lee for much of the year, Woods gave a final reminder of what he is capable of as well.

3. Hayes Pullard: Led the way against the Irish with 13 tackles and will be the leading returning tackler in 2013.

4. T.J. McDonald: Consistently productive all year but just could never bring things together for the defense.

5. Silas Redd: After missing the two previous games with injury, Redd returned to provide a running presence that probably could have been used even more against the Irish.

6. Leonard Williams: Had eight tackles against the Irish, an impressive performance for a true freshman in that kind of situation.

7. Curtis McNeal: Carried the ball on the first four USC plays and picked up two first downs, then had only five carries the rest of the game.

8. Marqise Lee: By his standards he was held in check most of the night but he gave USC a chance at the end with a kickoff return and then a catch near the goal line.

9. Monte Kiffin: The much-maligned defensive coach actually coached one of his better games in what likely was his final one at the Coliseum. The Trojans held Notre Dame to field goals on five of six scoring drives to hold them to 22 points.

10. Matt Barkley: The sight of Barkley on the sidelines in street clothes for this game just didn’t seem right. There will always be a question of whether he could have made a difference had he been available.