Southern Cal Inside Slant
There are few teams that can lose 10 players in the NFL draft and come back just months later and say they are going to be even better, but that is exactly what USC coach Pete Carroll is saying.
And he is probably going to be right.
The Trojans are the odds-on favorite to claim the 2008 season national championship even though 10 of their top players were taken by the NFL. Returning are a slew of tailbacks still, a powerful front line and a defense that could be even better than last season.
"The defense can be very solid for us. We expect them to play fast and aggressive," Carroll said.
"They play with a lot of energy and are a very physical group. We feel they are experienced. Other than the nose tackle spot, I feel we are coming into the season with a good savvy group that knows what we are doing and gives us some flexibility."
The secondary of a defense that returns seven players stands out even more.
"(It) really has a chance to be the best we've had," Carroll said.
The Trojans, coming off an 11-2 season, just have to score some points, and that usually isn't a problem for a team with six straight top-four finishes, BCS bowls and Pac-10 titles.
This time quarterback Mark Sanchez takes the helm, and with him are plenty of other future pro prospects.
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