2001 RECORD: 6-6 (5-3, 5th in Pac-10)
FINAL RANKING: not ranked
Seasons in which one Trojans player has had more rushing yards than the 1,052 the entire team had last year.
An opposing coach's view
The key is confidence in the coaches and one another
"We'll have to wait and see if quarterback Carson Palmer is a winner, but you can count on receiver Kareem Kelly's having an outstanding season....The defensive front doesn't have a lot of experience, but tackle Shaun Cody and end Kenechi Udeze are reliable....They have an outstanding leader in safety Troy Polamalu, who's always around the ball....Theteam crumbled in recent years, and the kids stopped believing in their coaches. It seems they have started to believe in coach Pete Carroll."
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