Like every other position, USC is rich with talent and depth at wide receiver and tight end. The Trojans return every major contributor from 2008 with the exception of Patrick Turner (now with the Miami Dolphins). New offensive coordinator Jeremy Bates will have no excuses in his first season at SC; the skill position talent is as good as it has been in three years.
Head coach Pete Carroll always assembles a receiving corps full of blue-chippers, but this group seems especially potent.
The headliner of the unit is junior Damian Williams. Williams led all USC wideouts in 2008 with 58 receptions for 869 yards (15.0 YPC), and he finished second on the team with nine touchdowns. The former Arkansas transfer made a big impact in his debut season with the Trojans last year, quickly establishing chemistry with Mark Sanchez and becoming the most reliable option in the passing game. Williams ended the season with a masterful performance in the Rose Bowl, abusing the Penn State secondary for 162 yards and one TD on 10 catches.
In one year, he transformed from promising prospect to one of the best receivers in the country.