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USC redshirt sophomore QB Sam Darnold completed 17-of-28 passes for 264 yards with an interception along with a rushing touchdown in a 28-23 victory over UCLA on Saturday.

If you were going to guess who the presumed top quarterback pick was based on who played better in this game, you'd probably take Rosen over Darnold. That's not to say that the 6-foot-4, 220-pound signal-caller played terribly, and he still showed off his underrated athleticism and properly rated arm strength. He just didn't have great timing tonight, and wasn't able to get the ball into the end zone. This is leaps and bounds better than he was playing earlier in the season, however, and you can say the same thing about USC. They're headed to the Pac-12 championship in two weeks.
Nov 19 - 12:12 AM

USC junior RB Ronald Jones II scored twice and ran for 122 yards on 28 carries in a 28-23 victory over UCLA on Saturday.

He also added a 22-yard catch. Jones II (6'0/200) didn't have the monster game many expected going up against the porous UCLA run defense, but it was certainly a solid effort from the junior tailback. It's now three of four games that Jones II has scored multiple touchdowns, and he's now up to 16 on the season. With all due respect to Sam Darnold and the slew of talented wide receivers, Jones II is the key cog in the USC offense. They get a bye before playing in the Pac-12 championship game in two weeks.
Nov 19 - 12:00 AM

USC redshirt senior DL Kenny Bigelow was granted a sixth season by the NCAA and will transfer from the Trojans.

Last month it was announced that Bigelow would transition into a coaching role. It appears the granting of a sixth season has changed his mind. A former five-star recruit, Bigelow has torn his ACL twice, and while he's shown flashes of brilliance in his time at USC, he hasn't been able to stay healthy enough to live up to lofty expectations.
Nov 16 - 8:11 PM

NFL Media's Daniel Jeremiah spoke with five NFL executives, and all five picked USC QB Sam Darnold over UCLA's Josh Rosen as the superior prospect.

Three NFL decision makers cited the "it" factor. "Rosen's likely a better natural talent, but Sam just has that 'it' factor that can be so hard to find and quantify," one executive said. Now, it is no sure thing that Darnold declares for the draft. In fact, it appears to be 50-50 at this moment. Rosen, however, is almost certain to declare. Overall these shiny new prospects heading into the season have lost a bit of that sparkle as the season has gone on.
Source: NFL.com
Nov 16 - 10:05 AM

USC redshirt freshman QB Matt Fink is dealing with a knee sprain.

Trojans HC Clay Helton said that Fink is expected to be available for Saturday's game against UCLA assuming no setbacks over the remainder of the practice week. The 6-foot-3, 179-pound former four-star has attempted nine passes behind Sam Darnold this season.
Nov 15 - 10:14 PM

USC junior RB Ronald Jones II had 104 of his 142 yards after contact and caused 12 missed tackles on Saturday against Colorado.

Jones has been a key part of USC's resurgence over the past few weeks, and while Colorado's run defense is a shell of what it was last year, these are still very impressive numbers. He doesn't have an elite build, but with his second gear and shiftiness, he sure looks the part of an NFL running back. The big question is if he's going to enter the draft, because if he were to wait until 2019, he might be the top RB prospect in the class.
Nov 13 - 9:54 PM

USC sophomore WR Deontay Burnett caught six passes for 79 yards with a touchdown in a 38-24 win over Colorado on Saturday.

Burnett hasn't put up the video-game numbers he did in the first few games as of late, but he's still been able to score in three of the past four games. His trip to the endzone in this one came on an 18-yard strike in the second quarter to give the Trojans a 20-0 lead in the second quarter. Don't be surprised if Burnett scores again next week against UCLA.
Nov 11 - 7:55 PM

USC junior RB Ronald Jones II ran for 142 yards and a score on 25 carries in a 38-24 victory over Colorado on Saturday.

Jones (6'0/200) has been outstanding over the last month, and that run continues. He's a real problem for any defense when he reaches the second level, much less a struggling defense like Colorado's. His score was a 22-yard scamper that opened up USC's lead to 38-17 early in the fourth quarter to essentially put this one away. UCLA's atrocious run defense is Jones's reward next week.
Nov 11 - 7:51 PM

USC redshirt sophomore QB Sam Darnold completed 21-of-34 passes for 329 yards with two scores in Saturday's 38-28 victory over Colorado.

Darnold (6'4/220) also added a rushing touchdown on a 24-yard scamper that gave the Trojans a 27-0 lead. Similar to last year, Darnold has overcome a slow start and played much better down the stretch for USC. The arm strength and zip is obvious, and he's underrated in his athleticism. Most importantly, he didn't turn the ball over. He may not be the once-in-a-lifetime prospect some believed him to be, but he's still pretty good. USC takes on UCLA next week.
Nov 11 - 7:46 PM

USC redshirt junior T Toa Lobendahn (knee) is expected to be able to play in Saturday's game against Colorado.

Lobendahn (6'3/280) exited stage left against Arizona last Saturday due to knee pain, but he was able to practice to a limited degree on Thursday and should be able to take the field on Saturday barring a setback. He's battled several injury concerns this season.
Nov 10 - 9:53 PM

USC HC Clay Helton said that he expects freshman TE Tyler Petite (knee) to be able to play in Saturday's game against Colorado.

Petite (6'6/235) sustained a minor sprain to the AC joint in his shoulder in this past weekend's win over Arizona, but all systems go for Saturday's showdown with the Buffs. The frosh tight end has made a nice impact in his initial season of collegiate play, registering a 20-292-3 receiving line in 10 games this year.
Nov 10 - 9:00 PM

USC HC Clay Helton said that junior CB Iman Marshall (knee) could be used in a "limited role" during Saturday's game against Colorado.

Marshall has been sidelined for the past two games by a sprained knee sustained against Notre Dame on October 21. Said Helton, "He's starting to look like his old self. I think if needed I think he could go out there and help us." Isaiah Langley has been filling in with Marshall out of action and will probably continue to see a fair amount of work in rotation while the Trojans look to shake off the junior's rust.
Nov 10 - 7:56 PM

USC sophomore DL Christian Rector (hand) has received medical clearance to play in Saturday's game against Colorado.

"He’s not experiencing any pain right now," explained Trojans HC Clay Helton on Thursday, "so basically we’re going to take (Friday) and the next day, warm him up on Saturday and make a decision from there, and see how he’s feeling about it." The 6-foot-4, 275-pound Rector is mending up from a broken hand sustained in practice near the end of October. Prior to being sidelined by the injury, the sophomore had been playing some stellar ball over the course of the first seven games, recording 31 tackles (10.0 for loss), 6.5 sacks and two fumbles forced (also two fumbles recovered).
Nov 10 - 6:13 PM

A longtime NFL executive told Yahoo Sports' Pete Thamel that he does not believe that USC redshirt sophomore QB Sam Darnold want to declare for the draft.

There's some armchair psychology going on here, of course, but this is not the first time we've heard echoes of this sentiment. The exec cites Darnold's wobbly season as reason why he might return. For all of Darnold's issues with turnovers early in the campaign, nine of his 11 interceptions on the year came in USC's first six games. He's been picked just twice over the last four contests. Should the redshirt sophomore opt to return to the Trojans, that could push quarterbacks such as Baker Mayfield, Mason Rudolph and Lamar Jackson up the board while additionally affording Josh Rosen and Josh Allen a higher chance of being the first quarterback selected in the spring.
Nov 9 - 6:59 PM

According to ESPN's Jordan Raanan, Giants co-owner John Mara directed the team's front office to closely evaluate the draft's top quarterbacks.

Apparently, the direction was handed down when it was clear the Giants would not be winning anything this year. Raanan adds Marc Ross, who is a personnel executive for the Giants, traveled to evaluate UCLA's Josh Rosen in recent weeks. Eli Manning is approaching 37-years-old and the Giants invested a third-round pick in Davis Webb, but an early quarterback selection could definitely be in their future. It is important to note all area scouts evaluate quarterbacks in their region, but getting higher-ups involved this early in the process in noteworthy.
Source: ESPN
Nov 8 - 9:42 AM


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