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Who will step up at left tackle for USC?

When Alijah Vera-Tucker slid over to left tackle last season, stepping into a spot vacated by an NFL draft first-rounder, there was little doubt that USC’s top interior lineman was its best option on the blindside.

A year later, with Vera-Tucker now also bound for the first round, the top option to replace him isn’t anywhere near as clear. As USC opens spring practice next Tuesday, there’s no bigger question mark than the one at left tackle, where four candidates have begun to state their case, but no obvious one has emerged through offseason workouts.