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December 14, 2010 | By Gary Klein
Draft-eligible college players have another month to declare for the NFL draft, but USC defensive tackle Jurrell Casey and offensive tackle Tyron Smith couldn't wait. The juniors, both first-team All-Pacific 10 Conference selections, are making themselves available for the April draft. "I just felt it was the best time for me to do what I've wanted to do all my life," Casey said Tuesday in a telephone interview. Smith's father Roy said his son met with Coach Lane Kiffin last week and had informed offensive line coach James Cregg of his decision to turn pro. The departures come as no surprise.
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September 16, 2011 | By Gary Klein
It's Thursday afternoon at The Pass, typically a slow time for the barbershop in South Los Angeles. But then The Pass rush begins. DaJohn Harris bursts through the doorway, followed by USC football teammate Nick Perry. Armond Armstead is right behind. With Syracuse coming to the Coliseum on Saturday, the Trojans defensive linemen are here for a game-week ritual. They've come for haircuts. "If you look good, you play good," Perry says. They've come for conversation.
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March 29, 2011
UCLA and USC players projected to be selected in rounds 2-7 of the NFL draft (April 28-30): UCLA RAHIM MOORE, safety: Best free safety in this draft class. Good range, but needs to get stronger. Projected round: 2. DAVID CARTER, defensive tackle: Performance at the Shrine Game bumped up his stock after a poor season. Projected: 6. KAI FORBATH, kicker: Booted 85 field goals, tying him for first in school history with John Lee. Projected: 6-7. RYAN TAYLOR, center: Showed good versatility, moving to center after playing guard as a junior.
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August 6, 2011 | By Gary Klein
Monte Kiffin heard the criticism. USC's defense struggled from the opening game at Hawaii last season. The Trojans occasionally showed flashes of dominance but mostly played well below previous standards. And the unit was especially bad late in several games. So Kiffin, the assistant head coach for defense, made adjustments during spring workouts. And he has continued the trend, keeping things simple through three days of training camp. "We slowed down the installation," he said Saturday.
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April 5, 2011 | By Gary Klein
USC is about halfway through spring practice and Lane Kiffin can't wait for summer. Not that USC's second-year coach isn't looking forward to the remaining eight workouts. It's just that August will bring two dozen new players to go along with more than a dozen who have been sidelined or limited this spring because of injuries. "Right now, we would not be a very good team if we were playing," Kiffin said after Tuesday's practice. "We have some really good players but we wouldn't be able to put it together.
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September 26, 2009 | Gary Klein
USC's defensive line intends to make another stand tonight when the 12th-ranked Trojans play Washington State in a Pacific 10 Conference game at the Coliseum. Despite a foot injury that has sidelined end Armond Armstead since training camp, the unit has played well through three games. The Trojans rank fifth nationally in rushing defense. "I'm not surprised, but it is kind of a shocker to some people that we've come out and been a big help to the defense, because there's a lot of new players and underclassmen," sophomore tackle Jurrell Casey said.
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February 23, 2011 | By Sam Farmer
Ask any NFL rookie about the biggest challenge stepping up from college football, and he'll likely say it's the increased speed of the game. This year's pro prospects are likewise bracing for a speed-of-the-game adjustment. It could come to a full stop. That's the unusual, uncertain climate as the NFL heads into its annual scouting combine, a business-as-usual event that is taking place in otherwise turbulent times. Although life must go on, and teams need to scout, test, weigh and measure the latest crop of hopefuls, the league's overwhelming focus is on striking a labor deal with its current players.
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October 28, 2010 | By Gary Klein
USC defensive end Wes Horton , sidelined the last three games because of a back injury, will play Saturday against top-ranked Oregon, fortifying a line that goes up against the nation's top offense. Horton was hurt Sept. 25 at Washington State. He remains the team's co-leader with three sacks. "He was probably playing more consistent than anyone when he got hurt, so it's great to have him back," defensive line coach Ed Orgeron said Thursday. The 6-foot-5, 295-pound Horton is expected to rotate with Armond Armstead and Nick Perry , while Jurrell Casey , DaJohn Harris and Hebron Fangupo rotate at tackle.
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August 6, 2011 | By Gary Klein
Monte Kiffin heard the criticism. USC's defense struggled from the opening game at Hawaii last season. The Trojans occasionally showed flashes of dominance but mostly played well below previous standards. And the unit was especially bad late in several games. So Kiffin, the assistant head coach for defense, made adjustments during spring workouts. And he has continued the trend, keeping things simple through three days of training camp. "We slowed down the installation," he said Saturday.
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September 16, 2011 | By Gary Klein
It's Thursday afternoon at The Pass, typically a slow time for the barbershop in South Los Angeles. But then The Pass rush begins. DaJohn Harris bursts through the doorway, followed by USC football teammate Nick Perry. Armond Armstead is right behind. With Syracuse coming to the Coliseum on Saturday, the Trojans defensive linemen are here for a game-week ritual. They've come for haircuts. "If you look good, you play good," Perry says. They've come for conversation.
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April 29, 2011 | By Sam Farmer
Reporting from New York Akeem Ayers came to New York looking for answers, but it wasn't until he returned to Los Angeles that he got them. The UCLA linebacker, who attended the first round of the NFL draft thinking he would be among the first 32 selections, flew home disappointed Friday — only to learn when he got back that the Tennessee Titans had made him the seventh pick of the second round (39th overall). He returned to the West Coast with the intention of watching the telecast of the draft with his family.
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April 5, 2011 | By Gary Klein
USC is about halfway through spring practice and Lane Kiffin can't wait for summer. Not that USC's second-year coach isn't looking forward to the remaining eight workouts. It's just that August will bring two dozen new players to go along with more than a dozen who have been sidelined or limited this spring because of injuries. "Right now, we would not be a very good team if we were playing," Kiffin said after Tuesday's practice. "We have some really good players but we wouldn't be able to put it together.
SPORTS
March 29, 2011
UCLA and USC players projected to be selected in rounds 2-7 of the NFL draft (April 28-30): UCLA RAHIM MOORE, safety: Best free safety in this draft class. Good range, but needs to get stronger. Projected round: 2. DAVID CARTER, defensive tackle: Performance at the Shrine Game bumped up his stock after a poor season. Projected: 6. KAI FORBATH, kicker: Booted 85 field goals, tying him for first in school history with John Lee. Projected: 6-7. RYAN TAYLOR, center: Showed good versatility, moving to center after playing guard as a junior.
SPORTS
February 23, 2011 | By Sam Farmer
Ask any NFL rookie about the biggest challenge stepping up from college football, and he'll likely say it's the increased speed of the game. This year's pro prospects are likewise bracing for a speed-of-the-game adjustment. It could come to a full stop. That's the unusual, uncertain climate as the NFL heads into its annual scouting combine, a business-as-usual event that is taking place in otherwise turbulent times. Although life must go on, and teams need to scout, test, weigh and measure the latest crop of hopefuls, the league's overwhelming focus is on striking a labor deal with its current players.
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December 14, 2010 | By Gary Klein
Draft-eligible college players have another month to declare for the NFL draft, but USC defensive tackle Jurrell Casey and offensive tackle Tyron Smith couldn't wait. The juniors, both first-team All-Pacific 10 Conference selections, are making themselves available for the April draft. "I just felt it was the best time for me to do what I've wanted to do all my life," Casey said Tuesday in a telephone interview. Smith's father Roy said his son met with Coach Lane Kiffin last week and had informed offensive line coach James Cregg of his decision to turn pro. The departures come as no surprise.
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October 28, 2010 | By Gary Klein
USC defensive end Wes Horton , sidelined the last three games because of a back injury, will play Saturday against top-ranked Oregon, fortifying a line that goes up against the nation's top offense. Horton was hurt Sept. 25 at Washington State. He remains the team's co-leader with three sacks. "He was probably playing more consistent than anyone when he got hurt, so it's great to have him back," defensive line coach Ed Orgeron said Thursday. The 6-foot-5, 295-pound Horton is expected to rotate with Armond Armstead and Nick Perry , while Jurrell Casey , DaJohn Harris and Hebron Fangupo rotate at tackle.
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April 29, 2011 | By Sam Farmer
Reporting from New York Akeem Ayers came to New York looking for answers, but it wasn't until he returned to Los Angeles that he got them. The UCLA linebacker, who attended the first round of the NFL draft thinking he would be among the first 32 selections, flew home disappointed Friday — only to learn when he got back that the Tennessee Titans had made him the seventh pick of the second round (39th overall). He returned to the West Coast with the intention of watching the telecast of the draft with his family.
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August 25, 2010 | By Gary Klein
Jurrell Casey has been a starter at USC only one season, but the junior defensive tackle from Long Beach is projected by several NFL draft prognosticators as a first-round pick next April. Not that he spends much time thinking about it. "At this point, you kind of like put it to the side," he said. "No distractions. " Even through hardship. Casey proved that during his final two years at Long Beach Poly High after his older brother, a college football prospect himself, was arrested and later convicted of murder.
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August 25, 2010 | By Gary Klein
Jurrell Casey has been a starter at USC only one season, but the junior defensive tackle from Long Beach is projected by several NFL draft prognosticators as a first-round pick next April. Not that he spends much time thinking about it. "At this point, you kind of like put it to the side," he said. "No distractions. " Even through hardship. Casey proved that during his final two years at Long Beach Poly High after his older brother, a college football prospect himself, was arrested and later convicted of murder.
SPORTS
September 26, 2009 | Gary Klein
USC's defensive line intends to make another stand tonight when the 12th-ranked Trojans play Washington State in a Pacific 10 Conference game at the Coliseum. Despite a foot injury that has sidelined end Armond Armstead since training camp, the unit has played well through three games. The Trojans rank fifth nationally in rushing defense. "I'm not surprised, but it is kind of a shocker to some people that we've come out and been a big help to the defense, because there's a lot of new players and underclassmen," sophomore tackle Jurrell Casey said.
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