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December 14, 2009 | By Gary Klein
USC utilizes early bowl-game practices to ready young players for possible starting roles the following season. On Sunday, a starting opportunity came early when Coach Pete Carroll announced that senior cornerback Josh Pinkard would not play in the Dec. 26 Emerald Bowl against Boston College because of a knee injury suffered in the regular-season finale against Arizona. T.J. Bryant , Shareece Wright and Brian Baucham are the leading candidates to replace Pinkard.
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August 19, 2010 | By Gary Klein
USC center Kristofer O'Dowd has been named to several preseason All-America and All-Pacific 10 Conference teams. But the senior from Arizona is not paying much attention. "You can't get caught up in that hype because you really haven't done anything yet," O'Dowd said. "So I try to do my best to stay out of the papers and the websites and focus on the season. " O'Dowd, 6 feet 5 and 300 pounds, is hoping for a healthy start. In 2009, O'Dowd suffered a dislocated kneecap during training camp, sat out the season opener against San Jose State and then rushed back in time to play the next week at Ohio State.
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December 19, 2009 | By Gary Klein
The last game of the season for USC could mark the first career start for cornerback T.J. Bryant . The sophomore from Tallahassee, Fla., continues to work extensively with the first-team defense in preparation for the Dec. 26 Emerald Bowl game against Boston College. "It just gives me the opportunity to show what I've been taught to do," Bryant said Friday after practice. The 6-foot, 180-pound Bryant is competing against junior Shareece Wright and redshirt freshman Brian Baucham for the chance to replace injured Josh Pinkard . "Somebody's got to play out there that hasn't played much," Coach Pete Carroll said this week.
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December 19, 2009 | By Gary Klein
The last game of the season for USC could mark the first career start for cornerback T.J. Bryant . The sophomore from Tallahassee, Fla., continues to work extensively with the first-team defense in preparation for the Dec. 26 Emerald Bowl game against Boston College. "It just gives me the opportunity to show what I've been taught to do," Bryant said Friday after practice. The 6-foot, 180-pound Bryant is competing against junior Shareece Wright and redshirt freshman Brian Baucham for the chance to replace injured Josh Pinkard . "Somebody's got to play out there that hasn't played much," Coach Pete Carroll said this week.
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October 23, 2005 | David Wharton and Gary Klein, Times Staff Writers
The sight has become all too familiar for USC this season: a defensive back lying on the turf, injured. But when cornerback John Walker went down because of a high ankle sprain during the Trjoans' 51-24 victory over Washington on Saturday, something good may have come from a bad situation. For more than three quarters, the defense held steady with a few nice plays from freshman Kevin Thomas and, even more impressive, a solid performance from sophomore safety-turned-cornerback Josh Pinkard.
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May 30, 2007 | Gary Klein, Times Staff Writer
USC safety Josh Pinkard was arrested this month on suspicion of driving under the influence, Coach Pete Carroll confirmed Tuesday. Pinkard, a junior from Oxnard, was arrested May 18 at 3:44 a.m. after a California Highway Patrol officer noticed a car swerving as it traveled from the eastbound Pomona Freeway to the northbound Long Beach Freeway, CHP spokesman Bill Preciado said.
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October 25, 2005 | Gary Klein, Times Staff Writer
Sophomore Josh Pinkard showed his versatility throughout USC's first seven games, starting once at safety, playing linebacker in obvious passing situations, and then filling in at cornerback last week against Washington. On Monday, Coach Pete Carroll confirmed that Pinkard would start at cornerback for the top-ranked Trojans against Washington State on Saturday at the Coliseum. "I'm ready for it, I'm ready to take on the challenge," Pinkard said after practice.
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September 16, 2005 | Gary Klein, Times Staff Writer
USC sophomore Josh Pinkard will start at strong safety in place of injured Darnell Bing against Arkansas, Coach Pete Carroll said Thursday. "He's shown nothing but good stuff. He's ready to go," Carroll said. Pinkard worked with the first-unit defense for nearly two weeks because Bing injured his right hip in the season opener against Hawaii. Carroll, however, held out hope that Bing would return for the top-ranked Trojans' game against the Razorbacks on Saturday night at the Coliseum.
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August 19, 2010 | By Gary Klein
USC center Kristofer O'Dowd has been named to several preseason All-America and All-Pacific 10 Conference teams. But the senior from Arizona is not paying much attention. "You can't get caught up in that hype because you really haven't done anything yet," O'Dowd said. "So I try to do my best to stay out of the papers and the websites and focus on the season. " O'Dowd, 6 feet 5 and 300 pounds, is hoping for a healthy start. In 2009, O'Dowd suffered a dislocated kneecap during training camp, sat out the season opener against San Jose State and then rushed back in time to play the next week at Ohio State.
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June 27, 2004 | Dan Arritt, Times Staff Writer
The annual trip by the Shrine all-star football participants to the Shriners Hospital for Children in Los Angeles is usually meant as motivation for the young patients. But the public-schools team also left the hospital feeling fired up last week, thanks to a message left behind by members of the private-schools team, predicting a triple-digit victory Saturday night at Mt. San Antonio College.
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December 14, 2009 | By Gary Klein
USC utilizes early bowl-game practices to ready young players for possible starting roles the following season. On Sunday, a starting opportunity came early when Coach Pete Carroll announced that senior cornerback Josh Pinkard would not play in the Dec. 26 Emerald Bowl against Boston College because of a knee injury suffered in the regular-season finale against Arizona. T.J. Bryant , Shareece Wright and Brian Baucham are the leading candidates to replace Pinkard.
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December 13, 2009 | By Gary Klein
USC tailback Stafon Johnson , who suffered season-ending throat injuries in a September weightlifting accident, is expected to announce soon that he will make himself available for the NFL draft, a family source confirmed Saturday. Johnson's intent to turn pro was first reported last week by NFL.com. After the Trojans' first workout in preparation for the Emerald Bowl, Coach Pete Carroll said that he had spoken to Johnson and that the senior "hasn't decided that yet, officially."
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November 11, 2009 | Gary Klein
USC fullback Stanley Havili , who sat out nearly all of the last three games because of a shoulder injury, will start Saturday against Stanford, giving the struggling Trojans offense a boost. Havili, hurt in the game against Notre Dame on Oct. 17, did not play against Oregon State and Oregon. The junior was in for a few plays last week against Arizona State but did not carry the ball or catch a pass in a victory he described as "just a terrible game to watch." "We just need more tempo -- we need more life out there," Havili said Tuesday.
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September 16, 2009 | Gary Klein
It's been five weeks since Aaron Corp last felt like USC's starting quarterback. On Tuesday, with freshman Matt Barkley held out of passing drills again because of a bone bruise in his right shoulder, Corp at least looked the part, taking all of the first-team snaps and running the offense with only one notable mistake. "I'm ready," Corp said. "I was ready last week, ready two weeks ago. So I'll be ready if they need me." Coach Pete Carroll , however, reiterated that he had no fixed timeline to make a decision about who will start Saturday's Pacific 10 Conference opener at Washington.
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September 1, 2009 | Gary Klein
USC's secondary shuffle went from temporary to permanent on Monday after starting cornerback Shareece Wright was declared academically ineligible. Wright's status had been in doubt throughout training camp, forcing Josh Pinkard to move from safety to cornerback for last weekend's mock game at the Coliseum. Wright is the third projected starter lost by a defense that is in transition following the departures of several key players from the 2008 unit to the NFL. Defensive end Armond Armstead suffered a broken bone in his left foot on Aug. 20 and is expected to be sidelined at least five more weeks.
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August 14, 2009 | Gary Klein
Matt Barkley learned from his mistakes Thursday. The freshman quarterback with a chance to start USC's Sept. 5 opener against San Jose State had three passes intercepted during a brief morning workout. Five hours later, the Trojans returned to the field and Barkley did not commit a turnover while taking nearly every first-team snap during a 2 1/2 -hour practice. "It didn't faze me," Barkley said of the morning miscues. Turnovers, and the ability to avoid them, will be a determining factor if Aaron Corp returns from a leg injury in time to compete with Barkley to regain his place atop the depth chart.
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October 24, 2005 | Gary Klein, Times Staff Writer
Josh Pinkard, a sophomore who moved from safety to cornerback during practice last week, could start for top-ranked USC against Washington State, Coach Pete Carroll said Sunday. Pinkard played the new position on Saturday after cornerback John Walker suffered an ankle sprain late in the first quarter of USC's 51-24 victory over Washington at Seattle. Carroll said Walker remained sore and that he was questionable for this Saturday's game against Washington State at the Coliseum.
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September 4, 2006 | Gary Klein, Times Staff Writer
USC safety Josh Pinkard could be lost for an extended period, and possibly the season, because of a knee injury suffered during the Trojans' season-opening victory over Arkansas, Coach Pete Carroll said Sunday. Pinkard, a junior who is the most experienced member of USC's secondary, will have an MRI exam on Tuesday. Carroll said team doctors suspect Pinkard might have damaged the anterior cruciate ligament in his right knee. "If he can't play, that's a huge loss," Carroll said.
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September 12, 2007 | Gary Klein, Times Staff Writer
USC defensive back Josh Pinkard is all too familiar with the scenario. Pinkard, a fourth-year junior, sat out nearly all of the 2006 season after tearing the anterior cruciate ligament in his right knee in the opener against Arkansas. He went through a rigorous rehabilitation and was at the top of the depth chart at cornerback heading into this season's opener against Idaho. Pinkard, however, injured his left knee in practice and sat out with hopes of returning for Saturday's game against No.
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May 30, 2007 | Gary Klein, Times Staff Writer
USC safety Josh Pinkard was arrested this month on suspicion of driving under the influence, Coach Pete Carroll confirmed Tuesday. Pinkard, a junior from Oxnard, was arrested May 18 at 3:44 a.m. after a California Highway Patrol officer noticed a car swerving as it traveled from the eastbound Pomona Freeway to the northbound Long Beach Freeway, CHP spokesman Bill Preciado said.
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