September 10, 2013 |
While USC fans booed Lane Kiffin's play-calling during the Trojans' 10-7 loss to Washington State last week, the defense has mostly earned raves. Going into Saturday's nonconference game against Boston College, the defense has given up only one touchdown in two games. The Trojans rank first nationally in rushing defense (15 yards a game) and sacks (11). USC is 11th in total defense (226.5 yards a game) and 19th in scoring defense (11.9 points a game). In January, after Kiffin's father Monte resigned, Kiffin hired defensive coordinator Clancy Pendergast, who installed a "52" scheme.
September 11, 2013 |
All-American receiver Marqise Lee and senior linebacker Devon Kennard spent part of Wednesday morning on social media clarifying whether Trojans players held a meeting without coaches Sunday, the day after they suffered a 10-7 loss to Washington State. After Saturday's defeat, Lee told reporters that players intended to meet the next day without coaches. "We're not supposed to come in tomorrow, but we're all coming in tomorrow to talk about it as a team," Lee said. During a teleconference with reporters Sunday night, Coach Lane Kiffin could not confirm that the meeting had taken place.
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?"
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.
November 16, 2010 |
USC tailbacks Marc Tyler and Allen Bradford rank seventh and eighth, respectively, among Pacific 10 Conference rushing leaders. But their standing in the game-day rotation has not been nearly as close of late. Tyler started last week and carried a career-high 31 times for 160 yards in a USC victory at Arizona. On Tuesday, he was still feeling the effects of his workhorse effort, but it was a marked improvement over how his body responded the day after the game.