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September 13, 2008 | Eric Sondheimer
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.
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October 20, 2011 | By Baxter Holmes
How would Robert Woods defend Robert Woods? "I don't think I want to say," USC's star receiver said Thursday, laughing. By his standards, Woods had an off game last week against California, catching a season-low five passes, so he's hoping to break out for a big game Saturday against Notre Dame. And there's not a whole lot the Fighting Irish defense might be able to do to stop him, said Kerry Cooks , Notre Dame's cornerbacks coach. "They move him around, so you can't really get a bead on him where you'd like to run some combination coverages and potentially bracket the guy," he said.
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October 26, 2010 | By Gary Klein
Monte Kiffin is architect of the famed Tampa 2 defense, a scheme that USC's assistant head coach for defense acknowledged Tuesday would be of no use against top-ranked Oregon and its high-speed spread attack. "The Tampa 2 isn't exactly what you shut down the triple option with," he said, laughing. "That's for a whole different deal. " Kiffin, father of Coach Lane Kiffin , had great success with the Tampa 2 in the NFL. But he was running different schemes when he faced the wishbone and other offensive styles during college coaching stints at Nebraska, Arkansas and North Carolina State before moving to the NFL in the early 1980s.
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October 13, 2010 | By Gary Klein
USC tailback Allen Bradford , who was mostly shut down last week at Stanford, is looking to regain his form of two weeks ago when the Trojans play California on Saturday at the Coliseum. Bradford rushed for 223 yards in USC's 32-31 loss to Washington on Oct. 2. He was held to 33 yards in the Trojans' 37-35 loss to Stanford. "There were a few times when I could have cut back and other times when I should have stayed on track," he said Wednesday. "I've got to be a little more patient on some runs and explode on others.
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October 6, 2010 | By Gary Klein
It was not exactly a performance that inspired confidence. Or hope. USC Coach Lane Kiffin was anxious to see if either Joe Houston or Jake Harfman would establish himself in a reopened kicking competition, but the two went zero for Wednesday, combining to miss six field-goal attempts. Asked how concerned he was about the Trojans' kicking game, Kiffin did not hesitate. "Extremely," said Kiffin, whose team is preparing for Saturday's Pacific 10 Conference game at No. 16 Stanford.
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September 17, 2011 | By Gary Klein and Ben Bolch
Rhett Ellison is a team captain and one of USC's more versatile players. The senior started at tight end in 2010 but was moved to fullback this season. Through two games, however, USC Coach Lane Kiffin seemed apprehensive about calling his number. Ellison finally had a larger role in USC's 38-17 victory over Syracuse on Saturday night at the Coliseum. Ellison caught five passes for 31 yards, including a five-yard touchdown play in the first quarter that helped the Trojans overcome a 3-0 deficit.
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October 7, 2010 | By Gary Klein
It seemed like a no-brainer, but USC Coach Lane Kiffin waited until Thursday to make it official. Senior Allen Bradford , who rushed for 223 yards last week against Washington, will start at tailback Saturday against No. 16 Stanford. "Hopefully, he'll be a big part of the game," Kiffin said. "We're going to need to run the ball. We're going to need to run it a lot. " Bradford was No. 1 on the depth chart at the start of training camp, but he was displaced by junior Marc Tyler , who started four of the first five games, including last week's 32-31 loss against Washington.
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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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