November 27, 2009 |
A final decision is not required until mid-January, when the NFL draft deadline looms, but USC tailback Joe McKnight said Thursday that he was leaning toward returning for his senior season. "I feel like right now is not the right time to drop everything and leave," said McKnight, a junior. "I feel like I'm not ready for it. "So I just need one more year to get everything straight and get in line." With rumblings that 2011 rookie signing bonuses could be affected by NFL labor negotiations, an increased number of juniors and third-year sophomores throughout college football are expected to consider making themselves available for the 2010 draft.
December 27, 2009 |
USC tailback Joe McKnight, who has been the subject of a USC compliance investigation for more than a week, did not suit up for Saturday's 24-13 victory over Boston College in the Emerald Bowl at AT&T Park. McKnight, USC's leading rusher, was held out of the game by USC officials as they continue to explore the junior's relationship with a Santa Monica businessman who owns a sport utility vehicle that McKnight has been observed driving on campus. Coach Pete Carroll said the school was ready to clear McKnight, "if the information came in, but cooperation wasn't exactly what we needed from the other side, not Joe, the other people."
April 4, 2009 |
USC's quarterback competition stalled Friday, though the players vying for the starting job were mostly blameless. There just wasn't much Aaron Corp, Mitch Mustain or Matt Barkley could do to push things forward. Not with defensive linemen constantly in their faces. "They just kind of wiped us out today," Corp said. Junior end Everson Griffen led the charge as the defense recorded sack after sack after sack during the full-team scrimmage portion of the workout.
December 24, 2009 |
While USC has enjoyed clear weather in the Bay Area since arriving for the Emerald Bowl, the Trojans have been enshrouded in the fog surrounding Joe McKnigh t's situation. Defensive players, however, have not been distracted, their concentration focused on reclaiming confidence, if not respect, when USC plays Boston College on Saturday at AT&T Park. USC's defense was regarded as one of college football's best during the first half of the season. It mostly has been under fire since the second half of the Trojans' victory over Notre Dame on Oct. 17. "This isn't where we were thinking to go at the beginning of the season, but it's still a huge opportunity for us to get some momentum going into next year," middle linebacker Chris Galippo said Wednesday.
October 24, 2009 |
Position-group meetings the night before USC games are typically brief, coaches quietly offering a few reminders for players to sleep on. However, nothing about defensive line coach Jethro Franklin is drowse-inducing. "Jethro is so loud, you can always hear their meeting," linebacker Chris Galippo said, laughing. "Before the Notre Dame game he was telling them, 'Every one of you guys is going to play! So get your minds right!' " Franklin wasn't fibbing. USC deployed 10 defensive linemen in its victory over the Fighting Irish, depth that enabled the Trojans to bring fresh pressure that resulted in five sacks.
November 7, 2009 |
USC, already missing several starters because of injuries, will also be without Pacific 10 Conference sack leader Everson Griffen when it plays Arizona State tonight. Griffen, a junior defensive end from Avondale, Ariz., suffered a toe injury against Oregon. He did not practice this week, working instead with trainers on the sidelines with the hope of healing enough to play. Griffen, however, did not make the trip. "He woke up . . . a little bit worse maybe from the work they did [Thursday]