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December 13, 2013 | By Gary Klein
Javorius Allen, who emerged as USC's top tailback midway through the season, was announced as the Trojans' most valuable player at the annual football awards banquet Friday night. Allen, a third-year sophomore, rushed for 699 yards and scored 13 touchdowns. Senior linebacker Devon Kennard won the most inspirational player award. Among other award winners: Center Marcus Martin (offensive lineman); tackle Leonard Williams (defensive lineman); Allen and receiver Nelson Agholor (offensive perimeter)
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December 13, 2013 | By Gary Klein
Javorius Allen, who emerged as USC's top tailback midway through the season, was announced as the Trojans' most valuable player at the annual football awards banquet Friday night. Allen, a third-year sophomore, rushed for 699 yards and scored 13 touchdowns. Senior linebacker Devon Kennard won the most inspirational player award. Among other award winners: Center Marcus Martin (offensive lineman); tackle Leonard Williams (defensive lineman); Allen and receiver Nelson Agholor (offensive perimeter)
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August 12, 2013 | By Gary Klein
Before training camp began, USC Coach Lane Kiffin said the Trojans needed better performance this season from fullbacks Soma Vainuku and Jahleel Pinner. Vainuku has been sidelined for much of camp because of injury, but Pinner has shown great improvement. The sophomore from Rancho Santa Margarita is impressing coaches and teammates alike by catching short and long passes out of the backfield. Pinner, who came to USC from Mission Viejo High, did not have a reception last season, but that could change if he continues to play like he did Sunday, when he made several good catches.
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November 23, 2013 | By Gary Klein
BOULDER, Colo. -- USC fullback Soma Vainuku continued his knack for making big plays Saturday night during the Trojans' 47-29 victory over Colorado. The third-year sophomore from Eureka, who has excelled on special teams this season, blocked a first-quarter punt into the end zone for a safety that gave the Trojans a 9-0 lead. Then late in the game, Vainuku broke loose on a 52-yard run for the game's final touchdown with 2:19 to play. Vainuku also blocked punts against California and Arizona; the one at Cal was returned for a touchdown by cornerback Josh Shaw . He finished Saturday's game with 70 yards in five carries, and also caught two passes for 11 yards.
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September 15, 2013 | By Gary Klein
USC Coach Lane Kiffin opened the playbook against Boston College, but USC's passing game remains a work in progress. Starting quarterback Cody Kessler completed 15 of 17 passes for 237 yards and two touchdowns in USC's 35-7 victory . Max Wittek played the fourth quarter and completed both of his passes for 27 yards. "We still only threw the ball 19 times," Kiffin said. "We just happened to complete some of them this week. " A week after Trojans quarterbacks completed 11 of 21 passes for only 54 yards in a 10-7 loss to Washington State -- a performance Kiffin had described as “terrible” and “a disaster” and “just totally inept” -- USC spread passes to eight receivers against Boston College, double the total of the Washington State game.
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January 31, 2011
USC FOOTBALL COMMITMENTS Player, position, school Kristopher Albarado, P, Lake Charles (La.) St. Louis Catholic Victor Blackwell, WR, Santa Ana Mater Dei Charles Burks, DE, Huntington Beach Edison Amir Carlisle, ATH, Sunnyvale (Calif.) the King's Academy Steve Dillon, DE, Palmdale George Farmer, WR, Gardena Serra Jeremy Galten, OL, College of San Mateo David Garness, OL, City College of San Francisco Andre Heidari, K, Bakersfield Stockdale Cyrus Hobbi, OL, Scottsdale (Ariz.
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August 20, 2010 | By Gary Klein
USC goes into survival mode Saturday, Coach Lane Kiffin hoping his team can get through a limited-contact scrimmage without major injury in the final workout before classes begin. Kiffin was holding his breath Friday when senior tailback Allen Bradford went down because of an apparent knee injury. Bradford was carted out of the practice facility at the end of the workout with an ice bag wrapped around his left knee. Bradford said later that doctors told him he suffered no ligament damage.
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January 9, 2011 | By Gary Klein
USC, taking advantage of a loophole that could ease the immediate sting of NCAA penalties while also adding depth, expects to welcome nine new players for the start of spring-semester classes Monday. The swell ? only a few players each year have typically enrolled at USC in January ? comes in the aftermath of sanctions that reduce scholarships for three years. By enticing players to enroll early, USC can count them against its 2010 recruiting class rather than 2011, which will be limited to a maximum of 15, pending the school's Jan. 22 hearing before the NCAA's Infractions Appeals Committee.
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March 30, 2012 | By Gary Klein, Los Angeles Times
USC is free and clear of its two-year bowl ban, but Trojans practices on campus will remain in NCAA-mandated lockdown throughout two remaining years of probation. Players' immediate family members, invited guests of USC senior administrators, recruits and media representatives are the only outsiders allowed inside the gates of Brian Kennedy-Howard Jones Field, keeping what was once a bustling, fan-friendly facility under former coach Pete Carroll a ghost town by comparison.
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July 6, 2010 | By Gary Klein
Seantrel Henderson, USC's top football recruit and a player many experts considered the No. 1 college prospect in the nation, was released from his scholarship by the Trojans on Tuesday. Henderson, a 6-foot-8 offensive tackle from St. Paul, Minn., could not be reached for comment but it is clear he requested his release. He verbally committed to USC in February but waited until March to sign his letter of intent because he was concerned about the NCAA's investigation into the Trojans' football program.
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November 17, 2013 | By Gary Klein
Andre Heidari had been waiting for the moment his whole career. USC's junior kicker nearly lost his job a few weeks ago and was struggling going into Saturday night's game against fifth-ranked Stanford. Still, he remained confident. "You want to prove that you can make a game-winning field goal when it's on the line," he said this week. "That's what I play for. " Heidari got his chance late in the game and he came through with a 47-yard field goal with 19 seconds to play, giving USC a 20-17 upset victory before a delirious sellout crowd at the Coliseum.
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November 10, 2013 | By Gary Klein
Soma Vainuku has become a special-teams standout for USC. The sophomore fullback blocked a punt that was returned for a touchdown in Saturday's 62-28 victory over California. Vainuku blocked a kick by Cole Leininger in the second quarter. The ball shot high into the air and USC's Josh Shaw returned it 14 yards for a touchdown. It was the second blocked kick this season for Vainuku. Vainuku also caught a pass for 15 yards and helped Trojans tailbacks Javorius Allen, Silas Redd and Ty Isaac rush for a combined 241 yards.
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September 15, 2013 | By Gary Klein
USC Coach Lane Kiffin opened the playbook against Boston College, but USC's passing game remains a work in progress. Starting quarterback Cody Kessler completed 15 of 17 passes for 237 yards and two touchdowns in USC's 35-7 victory . Max Wittek played the fourth quarter and completed both of his passes for 27 yards. "We still only threw the ball 19 times," Kiffin said. "We just happened to complete some of them this week. " A week after Trojans quarterbacks completed 11 of 21 passes for only 54 yards in a 10-7 loss to Washington State -- a performance Kiffin had described as “terrible” and “a disaster” and “just totally inept” -- USC spread passes to eight receivers against Boston College, double the total of the Washington State game.
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August 12, 2013 | By Gary Klein
Before training camp began, USC Coach Lane Kiffin said the Trojans needed better performance this season from fullbacks Soma Vainuku and Jahleel Pinner. Vainuku has been sidelined for much of camp because of injury, but Pinner has shown great improvement. The sophomore from Rancho Santa Margarita is impressing coaches and teammates alike by catching short and long passes out of the backfield. Pinner, who came to USC from Mission Viejo High, did not have a reception last season, but that could change if he continues to play like he did Sunday, when he made several good catches.
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November 24, 2012 | By Steve Dilbeck
Notre Dame 22, USC 13 (final) This time there was no historic upset, no sweet present for the SEC, no coming out party for a USC Heisman Trophy hopeful. Just another painful loss in a season that has seen surprisingly too many of them for the Trojans. The loss left USC, a team that started the season ranked No. 1, an almost stunning 7-5, while the top-ranked Irish will advance to the BCS championship game for the first time. The Irish last won a national title in 1988.
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September 18, 2012 | By Gary Klein
Through three games, USC has relied mainly on quarterback Matt Barkley and receivers Marqise Lee and Robert Woods to produce the vast majority of its yards and points. Meantime, the Trojans have rushed for only 121.7 yards a game, which ranks 93rd among 120 major college teams. USC has completed 69 of 112 passes for 835 yards. The Trojans have rushed 84 times for 365 yards. Stanford limited USC to 26 yards rushing in its 21-14 victory last week. Senior tailback Curtis McNeal anticipated that the focus would be on the passing game — "When you have a big-time quarterback and big-time receivers, you have to expect that," he said Tuesday — but he expects the rushing attack to become a larger component of the offense.
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September 18, 2012 | By Gary Klein
Through three games, USC has relied mainly on quarterback Matt Barkley and receivers Marqise Lee and Robert Woods to produce the vast majority of its yards and points. Meantime, the Trojans have rushed for only 121.7 yards a game, which ranks 93rd among 120 major college teams. USC has completed 69 of 112 passes for 835 yards. The Trojans have rushed 84 times for 365 yards. Stanford limited USC to 26 yards rushing in its 21-14 victory last week. Senior tailback Curtis McNeal anticipated that the focus would be on the passing game — "When you have a big-time quarterback and big-time receivers, you have to expect that," he said Tuesday — but he expects the rushing attack to become a larger component of the offense.
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September 1, 2012 | Bill Plaschke
Chased by demons of past sins, pursuing the ghosts of past greatness, the top-ranked USC football team began the 2012 season by swathing the rollicking Coliseum with one chilling word. Scary. The Trojans looked so good in a 49-10 defeat of Hawaii, it's scary. The Trojans also looked so vulnerable in the wake of allegations of more NCAA infractions, it's scary. In their first game after two years on probation Saturday, the sprinting and soaring USC players have never looked more free.
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September 15, 2012 | By Gary Klein and Mike Hiserman
Stanford 21, USC 14 (final score) The 21st-ranked Cardinal shut down the Trojans' vaunted offense, picking off two passes by Matt Barkley and keeping the senior quarterback to only 20-of-41 passing for 253 yards and no touchdowns on Saturday evening at Palo Alto. Stanford also rushed for 200 yards while holding USC to 23 and Josh Nunes, the quarterback who replaced Andrew Luck, completed 14 of 31 passes for 215 yards and two touchdowns. Stanford 21, USC 14 (10:20 left in fourth quarter)
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September 1, 2012 | Bill Plaschke
Chased by demons of past sins, pursuing the ghosts of past greatness, the top-ranked USC football team began the 2012 season by swathing the rollicking Coliseum with one chilling word. Scary. The Trojans looked so good in a 49-10 defeat of Hawaii, it's scary. The Trojans also looked so vulnerable in the wake of allegations of more NCAA infractions, it's scary. In their first game after two years on probation Saturday, the sprinting and soaring USC players have never looked more free.
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