USC Football Spring Practice: Replacing Matt Kalil, And All Eyes On Matt Barkley

What's going on in college football Tuesday? No big deal, just the possible No. 1 team in the country taking up spring ball. Not all that important. The USC Trojans begin their quest to put national title No. 11 back on the board, working through 15 closed practices leading up to their April 14 spring game.

The primary issue for the Trojans: find someone to replace left tackle Matt Kalil, who'll be a top-10 pick in the NFL Draft after leaving school early. Someone has to protect Matt Barkley, a Heisman favorite who came back to win a championship. Aundrey Walker, a sophomore, will get the first shot at the job, but Kevin Graf looms.

Lane Kiffin also has to work in a trio of new coaches, including new wide receivers chief, Tee Martin. The former title-winning quarterback of the Tennessee Volunteers, Martin headed to L.A. by way of the Kentucky Wildcats. He'll have perhaps the nation's best collection of receiving talent to work with, though the Oklahoma Sooners and Arkansas Razorbacks could make a case.

Robert Woods and Marqise Lee are back, as is George Farmar, who returns to receiver after spending a year at running back. The move does make for a thin backfield, especially after Amir Carlisle's transfer to the Notre Dame Fighting Irish.

On defense, the group to watch is the secondary, where Nickell Robey and T.J. McDonald are expected to star and one cornerback job is up for grabs. Someone will have to replace rusher Nick Perry and defensive tackle Da'John Harris, among others.

For more on Trojans football, visit USC blog Conquest Chronicles, plus Pac-12 blog Pacific Takes and SB Nation Los Angeles.

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