December 4, 2010 |
USC rushing offense vs. UCLA rushing defense: The Trojans have been Tailback Who more than Tailback U this year. Leading rusher Marc Tyler has had stellar moments, as has Allen Bradford. But freshman Dillon Baxter traveled farther on a golf cart than he has on the field. The flip side is that UCLA's youth, inexperience and shoddy tackling have led to big days for running backs, though linebacker Akeem Ayers can have a dramatic impact on a game. Advantage: USC. USC passing offense vs. UCLA's passing defense: If Matt Barkley plays, the Trojans are more dangerous.
October 22, 2011 |
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.
July 26, 2011 |
Lane Kiffin went on … and on … and on. Taking a cue, perhaps, from a seasoned politician, USC's coach stretched his opening statement Tuesday at Pacific 12 Conference media day to nearly nine minutes. "I've eaten up all the time," Kiffin finally joked, "so there are no hard questions you can ask me right now. " Kiffin and the Trojans will begin finding answers next week when they open training camp in preparation for Kiffin's second season. USC is coming off an 8-5 record in 2010, its worst season since 2001.
September 13, 2008 |
For 19 years and 278 games, Clay Matthews played linebacker in the NFL. Four times he made the Pro Bowl for the Cleveland Browns. If anyone knows what qualities are needed to succeed at the position, it's Matthews. He has two sons playing linebacker for USC and Oregon. And every Friday night, as the defensive coordinator at Westlake Village Oaks Christian, Matthews sends out junior Malcolm Jones and wonders if he'll be his next top linebacker. "He's not ready for the NFL," Matthews said.
October 18, 2011 |
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.
October 26, 2011 |
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.
March 7, 2012 |
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.
September 14, 2010 |
USC Coach Lane Kiffin and his players, banned from bowl games for two seasons and functioning under other sanctions because of NCAA violations related to Reggie Bush , were largely unemotional Tuesday in the aftermath of Bush's announcement that he would forfeit the 2005 Heisman Trophy. "I respect any decision that Reggie made," said Kiffin, who was the Trojans' offensive coordinator in 2005. "I'm sure it was extremely hard for him. " Kiffin also reiterated a point he has made since the NCAA announced penalties in June.
November 19, 2010 |
Freshman tailback Dillon Baxter did not travel with the Trojans to play in Saturday's game against Oregon State and is being held out indefinitely pending a compliance inquiry. Athletic Director Pat Haden said Friday night that Baxter had accepted a ride in a golf cart on campus Thursday and that one of the people on the cart was a student who is a registered sports agent. Haden said the NCAA, the NFL Players Assn. and USC's Office of Student Affairs had been notified.
December 5, 2010 |
Allen Bradford tried hard to find the words. After five years of frustration, USC's senior tailback finished his career with a performance that will become part of the lore of the USC- UCLA rivalry. Bradford rushed for 212 yards and a touchdown and also scored on a long touchdown pass play to lead USC to a 28-14 victory over the Bruins on Saturday at the Rose Bowl. "I couldn't have dreamed it, but I'm glad it happened," Bradford said. "To go down in history like this, just to top off my career, I couldn't ask for a better stage.