If the USC offense can't find a suitable replacement for departed fullback Stanley Havili, tight end Rhett Ellison could find himself playing there more than planned. The Trojans plan to give freshmen Soma Vainuku and Charles Burks a long look to see if they are capable of holding down the fullback fort.
Best-case scenario has one of the two freshmen taking hold of the position and letting Ellison play tight end full-time. Havili was a four-year starter and integral part of the offense on many levels. The position doesn't get a lot of attention, but a solid fullback is a big part of the USC offense.