August 13, 2010 |
USC scrimmages for the second time Saturday, and much of the attention will be focused on the competition at one of the cornerback spots. Coach Lane Kiffin described it Friday as "probably the scariest position. " Senior Shareece Wright is set on one side, but redshirt freshman Torin Harris, third-year sophomore Brian Baucham and freshman Nickell Robey are in a close race for the other spot. All three intercepted passes during Friday night's practice, which was dominated by the defense.
August 25, 2008 |
Fili Moala's cellphone did not stop buzzing. Shortly after four USC players were selected in the first round of April's NFL draft, an ESPN analyst released his draft projections for 2009. Moala, shockingly, was No. 1 overall. "I didn't know anything at all about it until everyone started texting me saying congratulations," Moala recalled. "At first, I'm thinking like, 'For what?' " The 6-foot-5, 295-pound Moala was flattered by the recognition, but not moved by it. "It's all preseason stuff -- it doesn't mean anything," Moala said.
August 28, 2008 |
Two parts of USC's quarterback equation became almost certain when Mark Sanchez returned last week from a knee injury. Sanchez would start Saturday's opener at Virginia. And redshirt freshman Aaron Corp, who started the Trojans' final scrimmage and took the majority of leftover snaps upon Sanchez's return, would back him up. "I've heard it's one of the toughest positions in sports -- you have to keep preparing like you're going to play," Corp said Wednesday. Corp beat out Arkansas transfer Mitch Mustain for the back-up role against Virginia by demonstrating a better command of the offense.
September 30, 2007 |
SEATTLE -- Top-ranked USC might have walked away with a victory against Washington on Saturday night, holding on for a 27-24 victory, but the Trojans did not escape unscathed. Center Kristofer O'Dowd hurt his kneecap and guard Chilo Rachal sprained his knee, both players leaving the game in the first half. Cornerback Shareece Wright sustained a pulled hamstring muscle and tailback Stafon Johnson suffered a foot injury. "We really got hammered," Coach Pete Carroll said. Tailback C.J.
September 26, 2007 |
USC players are looking forward to Saturday's Pacific 10 Conference game at Washington, none more than safety Taylor Mays. Mays, a sophomore, grew up in Seattle and went to O'Dea High, where he starred in football and track. "I'm looking forward, actually, to just being in Seattle," Mays said Tuesday. "The game, obviously, but not as much playing the Huskies and that whole thing. It's more just taking the bus and seeing all the stuff I'm familiar with.
September 5, 2006 |
Auditions to possibly replace safety Josh Pinkard will begin today when USC returns to practice, but that is only one position where young players will get extended looks because of Saturday's open date. USC does not play again until Sept. 16, when the Trojans play host to Nebraska. As he did in 2002, 2004 and 2005, Coach Pete Carroll will use practices preceding a second-week open date to evaluate young players and rest banged-up veterans.
November 10, 2005 |
Highlights of this week's high school football schedule: * Harbor City Narbonne (6-4, 4-0) at San Pedro (7-2, 4-0), 7 tonight: With the Marine League championship on the line, these teams will try to pound it out in the trenches and on the ground. San Pedro could have two 1,000-yard rushers this season: Devin Carter has gained 1,068 yards, and Jvone Hibbler has 929. San Pedro's top player is USC-bound lineman Zack Heberer.
September 13, 2008 |
USC cornerback Shareece Wright has been charged with felony resisting a police officer in connection with a party in Colton last weekend. Police detained Wright at the scene, but he was not among several people arrested in the early morning hours on Sunday. The San Bernardino district attorney subsequently filed charges against him and three others. His arraignment is scheduled for Wednesday. Neither Wright nor USC Coach Pete Carroll could be reached for comment. This week, Wright said he had attended a party for someone being deployed to Iraq.
August 13, 2009 |
USC's quarterback situation took a sharp turn today when the school announced that sophomore Aaron Corp could miss two weeks because of a cracked bone in his left leg. The news puts freshman Matt Barkley on track to possibly start the Sept. 5 opener against San Jose State. "Matt's going to try and make the most of this opportunity," Coach Pete Carroll said in a statement. Corp, who had entered training camp listed No. 1 on the depth chart, was injured during practice Monday when a defensive lineman rolled into his leg. He sat out Tuesday's workout as Barkley took the vast majority of the first-team snaps with junior Mitch Mustain as the back-up.
August 21, 2008 |
It was supposed to serve as the final proving ground for USC quarterbacks Aaron Corp and Mitch Mustain in their competition to possibly replace injured starter Mark Sanchez. It still might, but today's scrimmage at the Coliseum looks more like a stage to decide who could be Sanchez's backup. On Wednesday, Sanchez took another step toward returning for the Aug. 30 opener at Virginia, participating in 7-on-7 passing drills for the first time since suffering a dislocated left kneecap Aug. 8. If the junior has no setbacks, he will participate in all drills next week and probably start the opener.