April 3, 2010 |
Is USC tough enough? Throughout the first week of spring practice, new Coach Lane Kiffin never missed a chance to emphasize that toughness and discipline were the watchwords of the new regime. On Saturday, after the Trojans' first practice in pads, Kiffin seemed to take the theme a step further. With the number of available offensive lineman dwindling and other positions such as fullback short-handed because of injuires, Kiffin did not mince words. "I'm concerned to know, could they have kept going?"
October 8, 2010 |
USC quarterback Matt Barkley , the Pacific 10 Conference's top-rated passer, said this week that sharing a field with Stanford quarterback Andrew Luck on Saturday night would provide no extra pressure or motivation. "I don't really pay attention to that," said Barkley, who has passed for 12 touchdowns, with four interceptions. "Just the fact that it's Stanford, a great team and a solid defense, that's more of the matchup to me. " Luck, a third-year sophomore and highly regarded NFL prospect, ranks second in the Pac-10 in passing efficiency.
August 28, 2010 |
Marc Tyler went from worst to first in less than a month. Tyler, scheduled to start at tailback for USC in the season opener Thursday at Hawaii, recalled reporting for the first day of training camp, only to find that he was scripted for the fewest reps in his position group. "I'm not going to lie," Tyler said Saturday, "I wanted to leave. " Tyler's father, Wendell , a former UCLA and NFL running back, convinced his son that graduating from USC and playing in a program administered by new Athletic Director Pat Haden , a former Los Angeles Rams teammate, was worth waiting it out. Now, after consistent practice and scrimmage performances, the fourth-year junior from Lancaster is at the top of the depth chart.
March 31, 2012 |
Hundreds of fans and more than a dozen recruits at the Coliseum on Saturday saw USC players making spectacular touchdown catches, game-breaking runs and momentum-turning defensive plays. It was quite a show. Unfortunately, the highlights were from last season and seasons past, and they appeared on the stadium's giant video board accompanied by a pulsating soundtrack. Meantime, down on the field, the short-handed Trojans completed their third week of spring practice by going through a workout that featured a mostly pedestrian scrimmage period.
November 8, 2009 |
USC quarterback Matt Barkley continued to struggle on Saturday in the Trojans' 14-9 victory over Arizona State. Barkley completed only seven of 22 passes for 112 yards, 75 of which came on a catch-and-run touchdown by receiver Damian Williams . Barkley was four for 11 for 24 yards in the first half and three for 11 for 88 yards in the second. He had one pass intercepted, and might have had two more if not for a penalty that overturned one and a drop that prevented another.
August 3, 2011 |
After the NCAA rejected USC's sanctions-reducing appeal, Coach Lane Kiffin and his players are looking at another football season with no chance of playing in a bowl game. Staff writer Gary Klein examines five issues facing the Trojans as they prepare for their Sept. 3 opener against Minnesota. Is quarterback Matt Barkley ready to show that he is worthy of projections as a possible top-five NFL draft pick in 2012? Barkley showed flashes of greatness during his first two seasons as the starting quarterback but needs to play at a consistently high level for more than half a season.
October 16, 2010 |
Chris Galippo made his first start of the season count in USC's 48-14 victory over California on Saturday. The junior from Corona, who was supplanted at middle linebacker by sophomore Devon Kennard , started at the weak-side spot in place of injured Malcolm Smith and made six tackles. Galippo has played on the strong side and also in a rush-end position, but he did not begin playing on the weak side until Monday. "In five days he had to learn a whole new position," said Monte Kiffin , USC's assistant head coach for defense.
August 7, 2012 |
Silas Redd walked across the field after USC's first practice of training camp Monday night and was greeted by a phalanx of reporters wielding notepads, recording devices and cameras. "Thanks, everybody," he said, smiling widely, "for wanting to talk to me. " After a whirlwind recruitment that saw him leave Penn State for USC, Redd was speaking publicly for the first time since his departure last week from a program that was hit with NCAA sanctions. But first, he demonstrated on the field why Coach Lane Kiffin had pursued him so intently.
September 22, 2011 |
USC expects to receive a rowdy reception from Arizona State fans when the No. 23 Trojans visit Sun Devil Stadium on Saturday night. And what of Trojans tailback Marc Tyler ? The senior will start for the second time after rushing for a team-best 154 yards in two games, but the Sun Devils faithful might give him a hero's welcome in the wake of his comments this summer. Tyler was suspended by USC for the season opener — in part because of inappropriate remarks he made on camera to TMZ.com.
August 26, 2011 |
USC middle linebacker Chris Galippo watched from afar — about 20 yards behind the line of scrimmage — as freshman Lamar Dawson took most of the snaps during full-contact drills the last two weeks. Now, with the opener against Minnesota a week away, Galippo knows that he must prove his injured right shoulder is sound. "It's getting down to the nitty-gritty," Galippo said Friday. "I've got to be able get a good week of full-contact practice. " Galippo, a fifth-year senior, suffered a sprained shoulder early in training camp and was limited for two weeks.