September 12, 2008 |
The big videoboard that looms over the Coliseum's peristyle end has always been tempting for USC players, who admit they glance up from the huddle to watch replays. "Especially if I know I missed a block," fullback Stanley Havili said. "I want to see what happened." Now Havili and his teammates will get a clearer view of the good, the bad and the ugly with the debut of a giant high-definition screen, among other upgrades at Saturday's home opener against Ohio State. During a test run this week, the $2-million board showed crystalline images of rowers gliding across the water while a new $1-million sound system pumped Queen's "Bohemian Rhapsody."
September 25, 2007 |
C.J. Gable boasts the highest average per carry among USC tailbacks, producing an impressive 11 yards each time he has been handed the ball. But the sophomore from Sylmar, who started the first two games, got only four carries against Nebraska and only one against Washington State. "I can't do nothing about it," he said Monday. "I'm not in control of it. If they give me one carry, then I have to make the best of it."
August 11, 2008 |
Every USC home game is sold out this season, so fans in need of a college football fix jammed Howard Jones Field on Sunday night to get a glimpse of the Trojans. A crowd of more than 1,000 stood five- to six-deep along the sidelines and some spectators also watched from a platform atop the baseball stadium as the Trojans went through their first full-pads workout in preparation for their Aug. 30 opener at Virginia. "Crazy," defensive end Kyle Moore said of the atmosphere.
April 20, 2008 |
After USC coaches tabbed him as the starting quarterback early last week, Mark Sanchez was not about to leave the decision open to summer debate. Sanchez, a fourth-year junior, finished spring practice Saturday by passing for three touchdowns during the Trojans' annual scrimmage at the Coliseum. "I think the team really feels my energy and my confidence, so that will help team morale going into the summer," Sanchez said after the 97-play controlled scrimmage.
November 21, 2008 |
USC Coach Pete Carroll stalked toward defensive lineman Wes Horton on Thursday, stopping a scrimmage session in the process. "Take a lap!" shouted Carroll, while grinning and raising his right thumb. "You're out of here!" Horton joined a parade of players who this week were forced to run laps for drawing penalties, a problem that has plagued the sixth-ranked Trojans in nearly all of their games.
November 28, 2008 |
Rey Maualuga did not wait until Saturday to get emotional about playing his last game for USC at the Coliseum. After the Trojans' victory over California on Nov. 8, the senior linebacker's eyes welled as he stammered through a postgame interview. The 6-foot-2, 260-pound Maualuga apologized, citing the fact that he had just completed his second-to-last Coliseum appearance. "I was just thinking of freshman year, knowing how fast it's all gone," Maualuga said Thursday after a morning practice.
August 19, 2005 |
USC split end Dwayne Jarrett has been content to stay in the background and tutor freshman Patrick Turner, the Trojans' latest 6-foot-5 pass-catching sensation. But on Thursday, Jarrett reminded teammates and coaches how spectacular he can be. The 6-5 sophomore from New Jersey elevated high above cornerback John Walker to complete an acrobatic touchdown pass play that brought USC's practice to a cacophonic halt.
August 8, 2005 |
A small plane circled above Howard Jones Field on Sunday afternoon skywriting letters that caught the eye of Trojan players and coaches as the team started drills after stretching exercises. "STEP UP," read the words. Coach Pete Carroll said he did not order the message, but USC's new players appeared to take it to heart in their first full-squad workout with the veterans.
August 30, 2005 |
With training camp finally behind, top-ranked USC on Monday began game-week preparations for the season opener against Hawaii. No one was happier than assistant head coach Steve Sarkisian and offensive coordinator Lane Kiffin. The two young coaches, who took over responsibilities previously handled by former offensive coordinator Norm Chow, are eager to get to Saturday's game at Aloha Stadium.
August 27, 2005 |
Reggie Bush utilizes his speed to separate from defenders almost instantaneously. On Friday, with an assist from Coach Pete Carroll, Bush put some symbolic distance between himself and fellow junior running back LenDale White. Bush was listed as the No. 1 tailback on the depth chart USC released for its Sept. 3 season opener at Hawaii. "Reggie deserves to be the No. 1 guy," Carroll said. "He's just worked consistently and had a tremendous impact on us day in and day out.