USC cannot afford to wait until next year – Orange County Register

LOS ANGELES — If you look at the age of many of the most-talented players on USC’s roster, you can easily make a case that in one year the Trojans will be ranked No. 1 in the nation.

There are a lot of third-year juniors and redshirt sophomores who will undoubtedly be better 12 months from now. But for precisely this reason, USC needs to treat this season as an all-or-nothing attempt to win a national title. Or at least make the College Football Playoff.

Can anyone say with certainty whether the following players will return next season? Quarterback Sam Darnold; tailback Ronald Jones; wide receiver Deontay Burnett; tight end Daniel Imatorbhebhe; right tackle Chuma Edoga; defensive tackle Rasheem Green; linebacker Porter Gustin; linebacker Cameron Smith; cornerback Iman Marshall; safety Marvell Tell.

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