August 2, 2009 |
Joe McKnight says his toes are healed and he's ready to play football again -- on offense and defense. USC's junior running back missed spring practice while rehabilitating four dislocated toes but has returned to the field and is practicing at defensive back during informal summer workouts. He says he hopes to show his coaches he has the talent to play defense as well as run the ball when preseason camp starts Aug. 8. "I did it all my high school career," McKnight said.
March 27, 2009 |
USC cornerback Shareece Wright had the charge of resisting a police officer against him reduced from a felony to a misdemeanor Thursday in San Bernardino County Superior Court. In a decision that eliminated the possibility that Wright would spend time in state prison, Judge Douglas N. Gericke ruled the player's actions at a friend's party in Colton in September were "less violent to a significant degree," than how a felony is described.
October 30, 2008 |
Looking for ways to motivate their charges against a winless opponent, USC coaches turned to an unlikely source: Pacific 10 Conference statistics. Washington is 0-7 and ranks at or near the bottom in most of 33 statistical categories. But the Huskies, surprisingly, lead the Pac-10 in third-down conversion percentage. Coach Pete Carroll and his defensive staff have latched onto the Huskies' 47.6% third-down success rate.
September 22, 2008 |
USC Coach Pete Carroll is disciplining cornerback Shareece Wright for his role in an incident that led to his being charged with felony resisting a police officer, but the junior will play against Oregon State if cleared medically to do so, Carroll said Sunday. Carroll declined to specify the nature of the disciplinary action. "When we have situations and issues to deal with we always do so internally," Carroll said after the Trojans practiced for the first time in three days.
September 18, 2008 |
USC Coach Pete Carroll reiterated Wednesday he would take a wait-and-see approach regarding Shareece Wright's status in wake of the starting cornerback's legal problems. Wright entered a not-guilty plea through his attorney Wednesday to one felony count of resisting a police officer during a party he attended in his hometown of Colton over Labor Day weekend.
September 9, 2008 |
It's the toughest ticket in town, with prices ranging from $100 to $5,000 on one leading marketplace website. But fans are not the only ones scrambling for tickets to Saturday's showdown between top-ranked USC and fifth-ranked Ohio State at the Coliseum. USC players are allocated four tickets to each home game. Several Trojans said Monday that their phones have been ringing and buzzing with requests from friends and family members. "It's crazy," senior receiver Patrick Turner said.
August 23, 2008 |
Offense The line has improved over the course of training camp but remains the Trojans' biggest question mark. Center Kris O'Dowd, guard Zack Heberer and tackles Charles Brown and Butch Lewis all have made spot starts, but only Jeff Byers has started an entire season. The unit needs to mature quickly with Ohio State rolling into the Coliseum on Sept. 13. Quarterback Mark Sanchez has rebounded from a knee injury and appears on track to start the opener in front of a tailback rotation that will include Joe McKnight, Stafon Johnson, C.J. Gable and Allen Bradford.
August 22, 2008 |
Nothing spectacularly great. Nothing spectacularly bad. USC's final training camp scrimmage at the Coliseum was a mostly staid affair, which suited Trojans players and coaches just fine. "I thought, all in all, this was a terrific day for us," Coach Pete Carroll said Thursday after the starters outlasted the reserves, 28-7. The preternaturally positive Carroll and his hyper-efficiency-conscious offensive coordinator, Steve Sarkisian, had reason to feel satisfied. The Trojans completed their "mock-game" with a performance that lacked sizzle but also was nearly devoid of glaring mistakes.
September 29, 2007 |
SEATTLE -- Sophomore cornerback Shareece Wright will make the first start of his college career today when top-ranked USC plays Washington in a Pacific 10 Conference game at Husky Stadium. Wright, from Colton, has been preparing for the assignment since last Saturday when junior Cary Harris suffered a dislocated right shoulder in the first quarter against Washington State.
September 15, 2006 |
Center Ryan Kalil, the most experienced member of USC's offensive line, did not practice Thursday because of concussive symptoms, but Coach Pete Carroll said the senior would play for the fourth-ranked Trojans on Saturday against 19th-ranked Nebraska. Kalil, a team captain who was an All-Pacific 10 Conference selection last season, was hit in the head during a scrimmage drill near the end of practice Wednesday.