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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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March 27, 2013 | By Sam Farmer
Although quarterback Matt Barkley was the featured attraction Wednesday at USC's pro day, receiver Robert Woods is the player quietly rising on several draft boards. Some of the NFL evaluators who had projected Woods as a second- or third-round pick during last season now see him as a potential pick in the second half of the first round. Woods had several nice catches Wednesday, including a one-handed grab of a deep pass by Barkley. “I'm doing the same stuff I did in college,” Woods said.
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March 27, 2013 | By Sam Farmer
Although quarterback Matt Barkley was the featured attraction Wednesday at USC's pro day, receiver Robert Woods is the player quietly rising on several draft boards. Some of the NFL evaluators who had projected Woods as a second- or third-round pick during last season now see him as a potential pick in the second half of the first round. Woods had several nice catches Wednesday, including a one-handed grab of a deep pass by Barkley. “I'm doing the same stuff I did in college,” Woods said.
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April 29, 2012 | By Gary Klein
USC's Rhett Ellison is looking forward to starting his pro football career after being selected by the Minnesota Vikings in the fourth round of the NFL draft. Ellison, who played tight end and fullback at USC, was apparently not expecting to be selected. He told reporters who cover the Vikings that he was "pretty shocked" when team representatives called him on Saturday, the final day of the seven-round draft. "They asked me if I was watching TV," Ellison said, "and I was out on the river at that point trying to relax.
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September 19, 2011 | By Gary Klein
It could have been a matchup between two ranked teams, a marquee game for the Pacific 12 Conference with heightened national interest. But previously ranked Arizona State lost last week at Illinois. Still, No. 23 USC's game against the Sun Devils on Saturday in Tempe, Ariz., still has cachet. A victory would keep 3-0 USC unbeaten and position the Trojans to make a run at finishing with the best record in the Pac-12 South Division. Not that it will help USC reach a bowl game.
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November 20, 2011 | By Gary Klein
USC cannot participate in a bowl game, but the Trojans returned to the top 10 Sunday and quarterback Matt Barkley is back in the Heisman Trophy discussion. The Trojans' upset victory at Oregon on Saturday pushed them up eight spots to No. 10 in the Associated Press media poll. USC, ineligible for the Pac-12 Conference title and bowl games because of NCAA sanctions, finishes its season against UCLA on Saturday night at the Coliseum. Barkley has passed for 33 touchdowns, so expect Coach Lane Kiffin to position the junior to tie or break Matt Leinart's school-record of 38 if the opportunity arises.
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November 9, 2009 | Gary Klein
Matt Barkley is 7-1 as USC's starting quarterback, a heady accomplishment for any player, especially a freshman. But Barkley, after struggling in the second half of a loss at Oregon two weeks ago, had another subpar performance in USC's victory at Arizona State on Saturday. In the last six quarters, Barkley is 12 for 38 for 161 yards with a touchdown and two interceptions. The USC offense has scored only 10 points during the span. Coach Pete Carroll acknowledged Barkley did not play well against Arizona State, but he is not concerned.
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April 16, 2011 | By Gary Klein
The good news for USC coming out of Saturday's scrimmage at the Coliseum: The defense dominated. The bad news? The defense dominated. Remember, this is an injury-depleted unit coming off a season that featured multiple breakdowns. It's a defense missing three projected starting linebackers and at least one projected starting lineman. Still, after reaching the end zone a few times during short-yardage drills, the offense's only touchdown came on the final play of the 73-play scrimmage.
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December 12, 2009 | By Gary Klein
The field will be wet and rain could be falling. Those are the conditions USC expects to face today when it begins practice on campus for its game against Boston College in the Dec. 26 Emerald Bowl at AT&T Park in San Francisco. It remains to be seen whether the inclement weather further dampens the Trojans' enthusiasm for their first non-Bowl Championship Series bowl appearance since 2001. USC has not practiced since its season-ending defeat to Arizona last Saturday at the Coliseum.
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September 17, 2011 | By Gary Klein
So much for that second-half scoring drought. Going into Saturday's game against Syracuse, USC had scored only one touchdown after halftime in its first two games. Though pleased the Trojans were unbeaten, quarterback Matt Barkley admitted frustration, saying last week, "We have to keep raising that bar because we can do so much more. " Barkley did plenty against the Orange, throwing three of his five touchdown passes in the second half as USC routed Syracuse, 38-17, before an announced 65,873 at the Coliseum.
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November 26, 2011 | By Los Angeles Times Staff Writers
USC 50, UCLA 0 (13:56 left in fourth quarter) Before the start of the fourth quarter, UCLA Coach Rick Neuheisel collected his players in a circle on the field and appeared to issue a challenge. It didn't make any difference. USC scored three plays later on a 41-yard touchdown pass from Matt Barkley to Robert Woods, putting the Trojans within striking distance of their record 79-0 rout in the series' first-ever game in 1929. It was Barkley's sixth touchdown pass of the game, tying the school record he set earlier this season, and his 39th scoring pass of the season, breaking the Pac-12 Conference record.
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November 20, 2011 | By Gary Klein
USC cannot participate in a bowl game, but the Trojans returned to the top 10 Sunday and quarterback Matt Barkley is back in the Heisman Trophy discussion. The Trojans' upset victory at Oregon on Saturday pushed them up eight spots to No. 10 in the Associated Press media poll. USC, ineligible for the Pac-12 Conference title and bowl games because of NCAA sanctions, finishes its season against UCLA on Saturday night at the Coliseum. Barkley has passed for 33 touchdowns, so expect Coach Lane Kiffin to position the junior to tie or break Matt Leinart's school-record of 38 if the opportunity arises.
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October 13, 2011 | T.J. Simers
From San Francisco -- It was just two years ago that USC was coached by Pete Carroll in this same stadium — his final game. Now Trojans football is nowhere near as much fun. Maybe Carroll's act had become tired with the NCAA weighing heavy on the future of USC football and he had to go, but how about a sign of life as things start anew? Where's the killer instinct, as much a trademark in the Carroll era as his relentless credo to compete? How about Lane Kiffin coming across as more than just an offensive cheerleader and coordinator, as his title is "head coach.
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September 19, 2011 | By Gary Klein
It could have been a matchup between two ranked teams, a marquee game for the Pacific 12 Conference with heightened national interest. But previously ranked Arizona State lost last week at Illinois. Still, No. 23 USC's game against the Sun Devils on Saturday in Tempe, Ariz., still has cachet. A victory would keep 3-0 USC unbeaten and position the Trojans to make a run at finishing with the best record in the Pac-12 South Division. Not that it will help USC reach a bowl game.
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September 17, 2011 | By Gary Klein
So much for that second-half scoring drought. Going into Saturday's game against Syracuse, USC had scored only one touchdown after halftime in its first two games. Though pleased the Trojans were unbeaten, quarterback Matt Barkley admitted frustration, saying last week, "We have to keep raising that bar because we can do so much more. " Barkley did plenty against the Orange, throwing three of his five touchdown passes in the second half as USC routed Syracuse, 38-17, before an announced 65,873 at the Coliseum.
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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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November 26, 2011 | By Los Angeles Times Staff Writers
USC 50, UCLA 0 (13:56 left in fourth quarter) Before the start of the fourth quarter, UCLA Coach Rick Neuheisel collected his players in a circle on the field and appeared to issue a challenge. It didn't make any difference. USC scored three plays later on a 41-yard touchdown pass from Matt Barkley to Robert Woods, putting the Trojans within striking distance of their record 79-0 rout in the series' first-ever game in 1929. It was Barkley's sixth touchdown pass of the game, tying the school record he set earlier this season, and his 39th scoring pass of the season, breaking the Pac-12 Conference record.
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September 3, 2010 | Bill Plaschke
From Honolulu I was standing in a corner of an emptied Aloha Stadium field late Thursday, a raucous USC football opener finally gone quiet, when a voice boomed through the night. It was a deep voice, surely belonging to a middle-age man, maybe one of the coaches, maybe a nutty fan, or maybe just somebody unfortunate enough to have a collection of rocks in his mouth. " Trojans fight on!" the gravelly voice screamed, and when I turned to check out the source, I was nearly steamrollered by the last Trojan you would ever expect to be growling like that.
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April 16, 2011 | By Gary Klein
The good news for USC coming out of Saturday's scrimmage at the Coliseum: The defense dominated. The bad news? The defense dominated. Remember, this is an injury-depleted unit coming off a season that featured multiple breakdowns. It's a defense missing three projected starting linebackers and at least one projected starting lineman. Still, after reaching the end zone a few times during short-yardage drills, the offense's only touchdown came on the final play of the 73-play scrimmage.
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September 3, 2010 | Bill Plaschke
From Honolulu I was standing in a corner of an emptied Aloha Stadium field late Thursday, a raucous USC football opener finally gone quiet, when a voice boomed through the night. It was a deep voice, surely belonging to a middle-age man, maybe one of the coaches, maybe a nutty fan, or maybe just somebody unfortunate enough to have a collection of rocks in his mouth. " Trojans fight on!" the gravelly voice screamed, and when I turned to check out the source, I was nearly steamrollered by the last Trojan you would ever expect to be growling like that.
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