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November 24, 2011 | By Gary Klein
USC linebacker Hayes Pullard III looked forward to being a part of the USC-UCLA rivalry. And for most of his time at Crenshaw High, he envisioned doing it as a Bruin. Former Crenshaw stars Reggie Carter and Brian Price had made their way to Westwood. Pullard was on track to follow. "I was always up there and supporting them," Pullard said. "I kind of felt a vibe. " That changed after former Trojans linebackers coach Ken Norton invited Pullard to a USC workout.
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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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March 7, 2012 | By Lance Pugmire
During a drill at USC's football pro day, a Cincinnati Bengals coach delivered instruction Matt Kalil hopes to oblige: "Don't let me push you off your spot," the coach directed. That's Kalil's aim these days, with several experts ranking the Trojans left tackle a top-five pick in April's NFL draft. Kalil opted not to risk diminishing his performance at the NFL combine in Indianapolis last month, declining to run a 40-yard dash or lift weights during Wednesday's workout. He ran a 4.99-second 40 and lifted 225 pounds 30 times at the combine.
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October 18, 2011 | By Gary Klein
Matt Barkley watched from the sideline at the Coliseum last November as Notre Dame ended USC's eight-game winning streak in the series. The Trojans quarterback had suffered an ankle injury the previous week. "I was feeling kind of helpless," Barkley said Tuesday. "It's a terrible feeling. " Barkley is looking forward to Saturday's game at Notre Dame Stadium, where as a freshman he passed for 380 yards and two touchdowns in a 34-27 Trojans victory in 2009. "I just remember it being electric," he said of the environment, adding that it was not as hostile as Oregon's Autzen Stadium or Ohio State's Ohio Stadium.
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December 22, 2008 | Gary Klein
USC tailback Marc Tyler spent the 2007 season at No. 10 on a 10-man depth chart. The redshirt freshman opened this season sixth in a six-deep position group. By the 2009 opener, he could conceivably be No. 2. Junior Stafon Johnson and third-year sophomore C.J. Gable have applied for evaluations from the NFL regarding their draft status. If they turn pro, Tyler, Joe McKnight and Allen Bradford would be the only returning tailbacks.
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August 13, 2011 | Chris Dufresne
Lane Kiffin seemed a ridiculous hire. What school facing severe sanctions hires a coach facing sanctions at Tennessee? It smacked of being a desperate act of an imperiled athletic director, Mike Garrett, to hold together the vestiges of a bygone era before Garrett was gone. Kiffin, a piece of Pete Carroll's glory years, was an obvious, selfish, short-term fix to keep a recruiting class from bailing. Never mind that it worked. USC has been able to forestall a calamity greater than the calamity of going 8-5. The Trojans proactively hoarded talent ahead of impending NCAA sanctions and are in such decent shape entering 2011 that they've been picked to win a Pac-12 South division they aren't, technically, allowed to win. The real pain starts next year, when USC loses 10 scholarships a year for three seasons.
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October 22, 2011 | By Gary Klein
Reporting from South Bend, Ind. -- Defensive back Nickell Robey is only 5 feet 8, but he played a huge role for the Trojans Saturday by neutralizing Michael Floyd , Notre Dame's star receiver, in a 31-17 USC victory. Floyd, 6-3 and 224 pounds, managed only four catches for 28 yards. Last season, when the Fighting Irish defeated USC at the Coliseum, he had 11 receptions for 86 yards and a touchdown. He entered the game with 53 catches and averaging 106.5 yards receiving per game.
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October 26, 2011 | By Gary Klein
Matt Barkley has been busy this week. When USC's quarterback was not fielding questions about the compare-and-contrast matchup Saturday with Stanford quarterback Andrew Luck , he was preparing for the fourth-ranked Cardinal and making like a guitar hero. On Tuesday, during an appearance on Dan Patrick's national radio show, Barkley attempted an electric version of the Red Hot Chili Peppers' "Under the Bridge" before switching to acoustic guitar and singing Jason Mraz's "I'm Yours.
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August 15, 2011 | By Gary Klein
USC took Monday off from practice, but players still attended meetings in preparation for their Sept. 3 opener against Minnesota. That gave USC's running backs coach another chance to quiz and encourage his charges. "I've finally got the [meeting] room the way I always had it," the coach formerly known as Kennedy Pola said last week. Much has changed since the former Trojans fullback returned to USC in 2010 for his second stint as an assistant coach. His name, for one. It won't be official until all of the legal paperwork he initiated has been processed, but he already is listed as Kennedy Polamalu in the school's 2011 media guide.
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October 15, 2011 | By Gary Klein
Quarterback Matt Barkley and receiver Robert Woods spent the first half of the season mostly having their way with opposing defenses. So when USC's potent passing combination struggled against California, the Trojans required and received a strong performance from their oft-criticized defense and improved their record to 5-1. "Robert and Matt played their poorest game of the year between the two of them," USC Coach Lane Kiffin ...
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