May 1, 2011 |
It wasn't an overwhelming NFL draft for USC, but it was a history-making one. In the seventh round Saturday, three Trojans were selected in consecutive order: running back Stanley Havili to Philadelphia (No. 240 overall), receiver David Ausberry to Oakland (241) and linebacker Malcolm Smith to Seattle (242). The closest USC has come to a run like that in the NFL's modern era was in 1977, when Ricky Bell was picked first overall, Marvin Powell went fourth and Gary Jeter fifth. Other Trojans taken Saturday were tight end Jordan Cameron (fourth round, Cleveland)
December 5, 2010 |
Hours after USC defeated UCLA, several Trojans assistants hit the recruiting trail. Coach Lane Kiffin said he would join them Monday after a team dinner at USC President Max Nikias' home Sunday night. And so it goes for a program that will not play in a bowl game for the first time since the 2000 season. Asked how many incoming players he would like to have enroll next month, which would allow the Trojans to count them against their 2010 recruiting class, Kiffin quipped, "About 45. That would be good.
December 2, 2010 |
USC quarterback Matt Barkley , on track to start against UCLA on Saturday night, said Thursday that he was not concerned that the Bruins might target his injured left ankle. "It might happen, maybe get a late hit or something like that," Barkley said after practice. "I don't think you can be worried about that when you play because that will just hold you back. " Barkley, sidelined last week against Notre Dame, took the majority of first-team reps and showed improved mobility.
November 27, 2010 |
Linebackers Chris Galippo and Devon Kennard came up big for the Trojans on Saturday night in a 20-16 loss against Notre Dame at the Coliseum. Galippo, who suffered a concussion last week against Oregon State, was animatedly calling out signals and directing teammates moments before leaping to intercept a first-quarter pass by Fighting Irish quarterback Tommy Rees . The play helped set up USC's only first-half points, a 45-yard field goal by Joe Houston with 4 minutes 9 seconds left in the first quarter.
November 15, 2010 |
Oregon's Autzen Stadium is rightfully recognized as one of college football's toughest places for a visiting team to play. But Reser Stadium in Corvallis, Ore., where No. 20 USC plays Oregon State on Saturday, has been just as unkind for the Trojans in their last few visits. USC is 1-2 in its last three games there, and even the victory was fraught with the unexpected. On Nov. 6, 2004, the top-ranked Trojans fell behind 13-0 in a fog-shrouded stadium that made visibility nearly impossible for players, coaches, fans and media.
November 12, 2010 |
Motivation won't be a problem for USC on Saturday night against Arizona. Not for Trojans upperclassmen, anyway. Last week, four seniors received invitations to the Senior Bowl, a prestigious evaluation stop on the way to next April's NFL draft. But center Kristofer O'Dowd, fullback Stanley Havili, cornerback Shareece Wright and receiver Ronald Johnson aren't the only Trojans seeking to impress pro scouts over the final four games. With USC facing another bowl-game ban in 2011, draft-eligible juniors and third-year sophomores could be considering moves to the pros.