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Bruce Feldman of Fox Sports reports that USC OC Tee Martin has signed a multi-year extension to stay on with the Trojans.

This is another one that Football Scoop had last week, and it appears to be "official" now. Martin interviewed with the Raiders twice this month: Once to be the head coach and once to become the new wide receiver coach. Instead, he'll add some needed stability to a staff -- and roster -- that was hammered with losses in the 2018 offseason.
Jan 19 - 8:07 PM

NFL Media Analyst Daniel Jeremiah has the Browns taking USC QB Sam Darnold with the first pick in his latest mock draft.

Jeremiah keeps it short and sweet, simply stating that "The Browns finally find their franchise signal-caller." Because of how much talent their is at the position -- and because none of them separated themselves over the 2017 season -- we're going to see a few different quarterbacks projected with the first pick. That being said, Darnold still appears to be the favorite, if there is such a thing as a favorite three-plus months before the event.
Source: NFL.com
Jan 19 - 4:06 PM

Former USC WR Keary Colbert is being promoted to TE coach for the Trojans.

Colbert spent the last two years as an offensive analyst with USC, and before that, he served in the same capacity for Alabama. Colbert will replace John Baxter, who is moving his focus to special teams.
Jan 18 - 7:06 PM

NFL Draft Scout's Dane Brugler projects the Browns to take USC QB Sam Darnold with the first-overall pick in the 2018 draft.

Brugler has UCLA quarterback Josh Rosen going second to the Giants, NC State edge-rusher Bradley Chubb third to the Colts, and Alabama defensive back Minkah Fitzpatrick rounding out the top four to the Browns. On Darnold, Brugler notes that his turnovers stand out, but it's tough to ignore his footwork, arm strength and instincts. Expect to see Darnold as the first-overall pick in many more mocks before we get to draft day.
Jan 17 - 1:48 AM

NFL Media Analyst Daniel Jeremiah compares USC redshirt sophomore QB Sam Darnold to former Dallas Cowboys QB Tony Romo.

This is a fun comp, for several reasons. For one thing, one might be the first pick in the draft (Darnold), one went undrafted (Romo). But there's certainly similarities in their style of play. "Like Romo during his playing career, Darnold is a really good athlete and is outstanding with his creativity when the play breaks down," Jeremiah writes. "Every now and then, both of them press their luck and make an ill-advised throw, but they each have rare playmaking ability."
Source: NFL.com
Jan 15 - 10:34 PM

Pro Football Talk reports that USC is finalizing a contract extension for OC Tee Martin to stay with the Trojans.

Martin recently had two interviews with the Oakland Raiders: One to be the head coach, one to be the wide receiver coach after the head coaching job went to Jon Gruden (we won't get into the legitimacy or lack thereof of that interview.) Martin also reportedly was a candidate for the Tennessee coaching job, but ultimately didn't get an interview. In a year where USC has lost several coaches and players, Martin's return would offer some much-needed stability.
Jan 13 - 7:22 PM

USC junior DL Rasheem Green will forego his senior season and declare for the 2018 NFL Draft.

It's another big loss for the Trojans, who have seen several of their stars from the 11-3 club leave for the NFL. Green is the biggest loss they've received on the defensive side, as he picked up 10 sacks and 12.5 tackles for loss for the USC defense. Pro Football Focus also rated him one of the best pass-rushers in the country, so he'll be hyped by both the scouting and analytical sides in the draft. Expect him to go off the board before the end of Day 2, with a real chance of going in the first round if he tests well.
Jan 13 - 7:10 PM

USC OC Tee Martin interviewed for a position on Jon Gruden's coaching staff on the Oakland Raiders, likely to serve as the WR coach.

This news comes after Martin interviewed with the Raiders to replace Jack Del Rio as head coach, with that information coming out when Raiders GM Reggie McKenzie was pressed on who Oakland interviewed to satisfy the Rooney Rule. The Trojans have been littered with losses on the coaching and player front. The loss of Martin to Oakland might be the biggest outside of quarterback Sam Darnold's departure.
Jan 12 - 8:25 PM

Football Scoop reports that the New York Jets have interviewed Trojans DB coach Ronnie Bradford to serve in the same position.

If Bradford leaves, it'll be the second USC position coach to head to the NFL after Deland McCullough left the Trojans to become the Chiefs new RB coach. Before coming over to USC in 2016, he served as defensive back coach for Louisiana tech from 2013-to-2015.
Jan 12 - 7:34 PM

USC junior CB Iman Marshall will return for the 2018 season.

Marshall (6'1/194) joins linebackers Porter Gustin and Cameron Smith in foregoing the 2018 NFL Draft. The Trojans will be working in a number of new faces on offense -- they've lost Sam Darnold, Ronald Jones and Deontay Burnett to the NFL -- but the defense is in a bit more of a stable place. Marshall registered 51 tackles and 10 passes defended during the 2017 campaign. While he failed to log an interception, the junior has six picks in total for his time with the Trojans.
Jan 12 - 4:07 PM

Sports Illustrated's Bruce Feldman reports that USC has promoted quality control assistant Bryan Ellis to quarterbacks coach.

Ellis will step in for QB coach Tyson Helton, who earlier this winter accepted the offensive-coordinating gig at Tennessee. While he did not have an on-field role with USC's coaching staff last season, he does have previous coaching experience, working as wide receivers coach with Western Kentucky from 2014-16. He called plays for the Hilltoppers during their 51-31 win over Memphis in the Boca Raton Bowl after HC Jeff Brohm left for Purdue last December.
Jan 12 - 3:33 PM

USC redshirt senior C Nico Falah accepted an invitation to the East-West Shrine Game.

Falah (6'6/284) took over as starting center for the Trojans during the 2015 season and has not looked back. He's not necessarily been the most heralded of names in the scouting community, but he does have one big-time backer in Draft Analyst's Tony Pauline. In mid-October, Pauline called the redshirt senior "the most underrated center from the senior class" and believes that he has starting upside for the professional ranks. A strong evaluating process could boost him to a late selection on Day 2 this spring.
Jan 12 - 3:22 PM

USC RB Deland McCullough has accepted a job with the Kansas City Chiefs.

It was reported earlier Thursday that McCullough was interviewing for the position. That interview must have gone well. It's a big loss for the Trojans, as McCullough is widely considered one of the better coaches at the position, and is also a terrific recruiter. USC should see plenty of quality applicants at the position, however.
Jan 11 - 9:47 PM

USC RB coach Deland McCullough will interview to serve in the same capacity with the Kansas City Chiefs.

McCullough has been the RB coach for USC for just one year, coming over to the Trojans after spending six years coaching tailbacks for Indiana.
Jan 11 - 7:37 PM

USC redshirt junior T Toa Lobendahn will return to school for the 2018 season.

Lobendahn (6'3/280) started at left tackle for the Trojans this season. He's versatile along the line, but his natural position is center. The redshirt junior is expected to be able to move there for the 2018 season, as Nico Falah will be moving on due to graduation, opening up the whole for Lobendahn.
Jan 10 - 5:04 PM


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