USC spring game preview: Offense

Gary Klein and Lindsey Thiry discuss what to watch for on offense at USC's spring game

USC plays its spring game Saturday. Here is what to watch for on offense.

Quarterback: Cody Kessler returns as a third-year starter. Backup Max Browne could be among the most improved players this spring. Redshirt freshman Jalen Greene's accuracy improved and midyear enrollee Ricky Town showed flashes of a strong arm. 

Offensive line: The line has not changed much in its first spring under new coach Bob Connelly. A few linemen have noticeably trimmed down, including Damien Mama. Third-year sophomore Nico Falah took reps at left tackle and midyear players Chuma Edoga and Roy Hemsley have worked into the rotation.

Tight end: Walk-on Connor Spears took reps with the starters. Jalen Cope-Fitzpatrick was a backup most of spring.

Tailback: Justin Davis has been the go-to tailback as Tre Madden has slowly worked his way to full participation after he was sidelined because of a toe injury last season.

Fullback: Soma Vainuku and Jahleel Pinner had multiple carries this spring because of the tailback shortage.

Receiver: JuJu Smith has been Kessler's top target. Third-year sophomore Steven Mitchell has had a breakout spring. Isaac Whitney, who transferred from Riverside City College, improved in the final practices. 

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