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September 17, 2011 | By Gary Klein and Ben Bolch
Rhett Ellison is a team captain and one of USC's more versatile players. The senior started at tight end in 2010 but was moved to fullback this season. Through two games, however, USC Coach Lane Kiffin seemed apprehensive about calling his number. Ellison finally had a larger role in USC's 38-17 victory over Syracuse on Saturday night at the Coliseum. Ellison caught five passes for 31 yards, including a five-yard touchdown play in the first quarter that helped the Trojans overcome a 3-0 deficit.
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September 13, 2011 | By Gary Klein
Marc Tyler was prepared for the game, if not the workload. The tailback's 24-carry, 113-yard rushing performance in USC's victory over Utah last week was more than he anticipated. Much more. "I didn't think I was going to get the ball 24 times," Tyler said Tuesday. Tyler, suspended for the opener against Minnesota, said he suffered thigh bruises in each leg during the Trojans' 23-14 victory. But the fifth-year senior took first-team snaps in drills. "[Monday]
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September 11, 2011 | By Gary Klein
USC Coach Lane Kiffin was happy to escape with a victory over Utah and already has turned his attention to Syracuse. But college football fans Sunday were still trying to make sense of a USC-Utah ending that caused Pacific 12 Conference officials to announce late Saturday night that the correct score was 23-14. "I never care what the score is as far as the final score, but I'm sure it made a lot of Trojans fans happy to find out a couple hours later," Kiffin said Sunday.
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September 7, 2011 | By Gary Klein
Robert Woods felt as if he was in sync with quarterback Matt Barkley during a record-setting, 17-reception performance in USC's season opening victory over Minnesota. Afterward, he also felt sore. "That was like three games of catches," he said Wednesday. "Three games of hits. " To preserve the sophomore receiver, USC Coach Lane Kiffin plans to rest Woods during Thursday practices. Woods does not favor the idea. He prefers being in the huddle as the Trojans prepare for Saturday's inaugural Pacific 12 Conference game against Utah at the Coliseum.
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September 6, 2011 | By Gary Klein
Just in time for the Pacific 12 Conference opener, tailback intrigue is back at USC. Senior Marc Tyler , who was suspended for the season opener because of several off-season incidents, has been reinstated and will play against Utah, Coach Lane Kiffin said Tuesday. Tyler, the Trojans' leading rusher in 2010, joins a mix that has D.J. Morgan atop the depth chart, Dillon Baxter fresh off a meeting with Kiffin about his lack of playing time and Curtis McNeal hoping to build on his performance in the opener against Minnesota.
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September 4, 2011 | By Gary Klein
Marc Tyler's suspension for a series of off-season incidents infused USC's tailback situation with a dose of drama. More occurred Sunday, but it did not involve Tyler. In a teleconference with reporters, Coach Lane Kiffin said he had met earlier with Dillon Baxter and his family regarding the sophomore's lack of playing time. Redshirt freshman D.J. Morgan and junior Curtis McNeal combined for 24 carries in USC's 19-17 season-opening victory over Minnesota on Saturday.
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September 3, 2011 | By Gary Klein
USC receiver Robert Woods and quarterback Matt Barkley enjoyed record-setting performances Saturday in USC's low-scoring 19-17 victory over Minnesota at the Coliseum. Woods, a sophomore, caught 17 passes, eclipsing the USC single-game mark of 15 set by Johnnie Morton against Houston in 1993. Woods was sidelined most of training camp because of a high ankle sprain and also has nursed a sore right elbow. But against Minnesota he caught almost everything thrown his way, including touchdown passes of seven, 43 and two yards.
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August 29, 2011 | By Gary Klein
SCHEDULE Sept. 3: Minnesota, 12:30 p.m. Trojans have not lost an opener since Florida State defeated them in 1997. Golden Gophers won't break the streak. Sept. 10: Utah, 4:30 p.m. Former USC assistants Norm Chow and Tim Davis would love to help Utes pull off the ultimate "Welcome to the Pacific 12 Conference" moment. Sept. 17: Syracuse, 5 p.m. The Coliseum, and the sidelines, won't be as full as the last time Syracuse Athletic Director Daryl Gross was here in 2004, as USC senior associate AD. Sept.
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August 29, 2011 | By Gary Klein
USC knows all about Minnesota's MarQueis Gray . Last season, the 6-foot-4 Gray caught four passes, including a touchdown, in the Golden Gophers' loss to the Trojans at Minneapolis. But that game tape won't do USC much good as the Trojans prepare for Saturday's opener at the Coliseum. Gray, a 240-pound junior, has been moved to quarterback by first-year Coach Jerry Kill . Gray has not played the position regularly since he was in high school in Indianapolis.
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August 25, 2011 | By Gary Klein
With just over a week before USC opens against Minnesota at the Coliseum, the Trojans apparently are still searching for a starting tailback. Junior Curtis McNeal started the last two scrimmages but left both early because of injuries, raising questions of durability. Redshirt freshman D.J. Morgan has flashed speed and some breakaway ability but must gain the trust of coaches with pass-protection skills. Freshman Amir Carlisle has impressed with his toughness, though he too has never played in a college game.
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