Stewart has been hampered by nagging ankle injuries, but he's primed for a real breakout season. When he's 100 percent, the 230-pounder is tough to contain, as evidenced by his 144 rushing yards against a talented Oklahoma defense last year.
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Keith Rivers, LB, Sr.
You could easily get away with placing any of USC's three linebackers on this list, but Rivers is the cream of the crop. The 6-foot-3, 230-pound outside linebacker doesn't have a weakness and led USC with 85 tackles last year.
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Yvenson Bernard, RB, Sr.
Bernard may be the most underappreciated running back in the country. Over the past two seasons, he has rushed for 2,628 yards and caught 80 passes.
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Bruce Davis, DE, Sr.
Davis recorded the most sacks (12.5) of any returning player in college football. The senior possesses outstanding speed off the edge.
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Sam Baker, LT, Sr.
The four-year starter has already earned All-America honors twice. At 6-foot-5, 305 pounds, Baker is an exceptionally reliable blocker on John David Booty's blind side.
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Sammie Stroughter, WR/PR, Sr.
Stroughter led the Pac-10 in catches (74) and receiving yards (1,293). The senior playmaker also scored three touchdowns off punt returns.
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Sedrick Ellis, DT, Sr.
This 6-foot-1, 285-pounder is the rock at the center of USC's extremely talented defense. Ellis, who bench presses more than 500 pounds, is the strongest player on the Trojans roster.
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Antoine Cason, CB, Sr.
Cason is arguably the top cover corner in America. The 6-foot, 185-pound senior possesses fabulous technique. Cason is a valuable commodity in the pass-happy Pac-10.
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DeSean Jackson, WR/PR, Jr.
Jackson's magnificent vision and breathtaking speed make him one of the most explosive players at the college level. As a sophomore, he led the NCAA in punt return average (18.2 yards) and touchdowns (four). He also caught 59 balls for 1,060 yards and nine touchdowns.
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John David Booty, QB, Sr.
Although Darren McFadden finished as runner-up in last year's Heisman Trophy race, many experts believe Booty is the frontrunner for this year's stiff-arming statue. The senior signal-caller finished last season in style, throwing for 391 yards and four touchdowns against a highly regarded Michigan defense.
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