In a year where a lot went wrong, the struggles on the offensive front were particularly apparent. After three starters departed, center Alan Knott is a stalwart and Mason Zandi moves from right tackle to left. Cory Helms will likely fit at one guard spot, Zack Bailey or Donell Stanley at the other, with Blake Camper and D.J. Park battling for the other tackle spot.
2016 Offensive Linemen (listed alphabetically)
So. Zack Bailey (6-foot-6, 315 pounds) - One of the top prospects in USC’s 2015 recruiting class, he got work at guard and tackle as a true freshman.
So. Blake Camper (6-8, 300) - The towering tackle got a spot start late in the season and entered the spring atop the depth chart.
Jr. Akeem Cooperwood (6-7, 359) - A product of Georgia Military College, he was rated the 12th-best JUCO offensive tackle.
RFr. Trey Derouen (6-3, 310) - Redshirted his first year on campus after being rated as a top-100 player in Georgia and previously committing to Mississippi State.
Fr. Pete Leota (6-5, 305) - A versatile newcomer who earned first-team all-state honors in North Carolina and played in the Shrine Bowl.
Jr. Cory Helms (6-4, 310) - A transfer from Wake Forest who started 23 games before sitting out 2015 after joining his new team.
Fr. Sadarius Hutcherson (6-4, 270) - The three-star, small-school prospect added at least 40 pounds between signing day and enrolling.
Jr. Alan Knott (6-4, 290) - The most seasoned member of the group with 17 career starts spanning a season and a half.
Jr. D.J. Park (6-4, 330) - A once-hyped recruit who was passed by younger players on the depth chart, but showed well in the spring and should challenge for a starting spot.
Fr. Will Putnam (6-5, 282) - A two-star freshman rated the No. 112 offensive tackle in his class.
So. Christian Pellage (6-7, 300) - A tall second-year player who saw action on special teams in every game last year.
So. Donell Stanley (6-3, 330) - The massive third-year player from Latta was the most improved lineman for USC in the spring and should push for playing time.
So. Malik Young (6-4, 298) - A versatile lineman who saw a few snaps late in a loss to Georgia and played in three games in 2015.
Sr. Mason Zandi (6-9, 308) - The massive Chapin product grew into a starter a year ago and should be one of the top leaders on the team.
Preseason Depth Chart
LT – Mason Zandi
LG – Zack Bailey
C – Alan Knott
RG – Cory Helms
RT – D.J. Park