When the clock struck zero during last year's win over UCLA, the Trojans lost three seasoned veterans on the offensive line.
The O-line is a thankless position, watched only by position coaches and players' parents. But the offensive line goes a long way in determining the tempo, speed, intensity and eventually the final outcome of a game. So losing three starters is a huge problem for any team.
Now after a long off-season of 6 a.m. workouts, spring practice, summer workouts, a grueling fall camp and shuffling guys in and out, the Trojans hope they have found the answers to their problems just days from the opening kickoff against Minnesota.