May 15, 2012 |
USC could be thin at tailback this season, but the Trojans moved to shore up the depth issue for the future by getting a verbal commitment Tuesday from Ty Issac. Issac, 6 feet 3 and 215 pounds, will be a senior at Joliet Catholic High in Joliet, Ill. He rushed for a record 515 yards and six touchdowns last season in a state championship game. "I had a great feeling about USC when I first visited the school and it just felt like me out there,” Issac told the Chicago Tribune . "I know that even when I take football out of the picture I'll be getting a great education and a degree from USC. I really wanted to go to a school that offered the best mix on and off the field, and for me that is USC. " USC is also regarded as a leading contender to land Stockton Lincoln running back Justin Davis.
March 5, 2012 |
USC opens spring practice Tuesday. The Trojans will work out 15 times, concluding with a scrimmage at the Coliseum on April 14. All practices except the April 14 scrimmage are closed to the public. Here are five questions facing the Trojans: Is there anything left for Matt Barkley to work on? The senior said he would spend his fourth spring practice refining his footwork and throwing mechanics and becoming "a coach on the field. " That's fine with Coach Lane Kiffin.
April 18, 2014 |
With USC preparing for its final spring practice Saturday at the Coliseum, Coach Steve Sarkisian on Friday released a depth chart that will look entirely different in the fall. More than 20 players -- including starters such as defensive lineman Leonard Williams, cornerback Josh Shaw and safety Su'a Cravens -- have been sidelined for all or part of spring workouts. They are among those not included on the depth chart. Sarkisian this week announced that Cody Kessler was the starting quarterback.
November 16, 2007 |
With sunlight starting to disappear and the chances for overtime growing more likely, sophomore running back D.J. Morgan of Woodland Hills Taft had a sense of urgency when he was handed the ball Thursday afternoon in the final 30 seconds of a City Championship Division playoff opener at Los Angeles Jordan. "I'm just thinking I don't want overtime," Morgan said. "I have to run hard and get into the end zone."
April 16, 2012 |
There were no big surprises when USC Coach Lane Kiffin released an end-of-spring depth chart Monday. Kiffin, in fact, brushed off its importance. “That really doesn't mean very much,” he said. Still, the chart does offer some insight into where the roster stands heading into summer. The Trojans begin training camp in August in preparation for their Sept. 1 opener against Hawaii. Matt Barkley, of course, is the starting quarterback. Max Wittek and Cody Kessler are listed as co-backups.
September 12, 2009 |
The film session that awaits Los Angeles Crenshaw High's defensive players in the coming days could get ugly, with one exception. Top-ranked Crenshaw stopped Norco on a crucial fourth down in the fourth quarter Friday night on the way to pulling out a 47-44 victory in which host Crenshaw gave up 487 rushing yards. "When we needed to stop them, we stopped them," Crenshaw Coach Robert Garrett said. "We showed character at the end." Norco, ranked No. 22 in the Southland by The Times, had pulled to within 47-44 late in the third quarter on Kelsey Young 's 66-yard touchdown run and was driving again when it faced a fourth-and-four situation at the Crenshaw 12-yard line.
April 20, 2012 |
USC will try to bounce back from two years of NCAA-mandated bowl bans to the top of college football next season. Times college football reporter Gary Klein chatted with Noah Coslov of Cinesport about the Trojans' prospects. Amongs the topics covered: The scholarship limit improsed in the sanctions could hurt the team's depth for the next two or three years. The offense is very thin at tailback, with only Curtis McNeal a seasoned performer and D.J. Morgan having limited experience.
October 20, 2012 |
To borrow a bit of Grantland Rice, the Coliseum was outlined in a blue-gray October sky when Lane Kiffin retired his horses to the stable. And this happened pretty early in the second half against Colorado. By then, the USC football coach didn't need his A-team anymore. Their Saturday was done, just like Colorado, which barely put up a fight in its 50-6 loss to No. 11 USC. The Trojans improved to 6-1 overall and 4-1 in Pac-12 Conference play while setting a slew of records in the process.
November 14, 2008 |
The Orange Lutheran Lancers secured a share of their third consecutive Trinity League title after defeating Santa Ana Mater Dei, 24-21, Thursday at Santa Ana Stadium when Parker Flynn made a 43-yard field goal with two seconds left. It was also the third consecutive year Lutheran, 8-2 overall, 4-1 in the Trinity League and ranked No. 8 in the Southland by The Times, defeated No. 5 Mater Dei (7-3, 4-1).
October 19, 2008 |
During a fourth quarter in which the teams had already combined for 51 points, Simi Valley Grace Brethren High needed to move the ball only three yards on a two-point conversion to cap a stunning comeback against Malibu. But the Sharks made a rare defensive stop, holding Jack Gililand short of the goal line with 1 minute 10 seconds left to preserve a 51-50 victory Friday night in a Frontier League game at Moorpark College. "It was the craziest game I've ever seen," Malibu Coach Ray Humphrey said Saturday.