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USC four-star 2019 verbal ATH commit De'Gabriel Floyd won linebacker MVP honors at the Nike Opening Regional in Oakland.

"He was dominant in the position and one on one drills and took home LB MVP honors in what was a very strong group of 'backers," writes Scout.com's Greg Biggins. The analyst adds that the 6-foot-2, 210-pounder "has a great frame, physically strong and tough, runs well, has good short area quickness, is fluid in space and plays poised and under control." Biggins believes that Floyd "has all the tools you're looking for in a college linebacker."
Source: Scout.com
May 27 - 1:14 PM

USC senior G Viane Talamaivao underwent surgery to repair a partially torn bicep in early April.

Talamaivao suffered the partial bicep tear during USC's third week of spring practice. On the more positive side of things, Trojans HC Clay Helton said that he still expects the 6-foot-2, 330-pounder to start in the season-opener against Western Michigan on September 2. Talamaivao is a 32-game starter for his collegiate career.
May 26 - 6:52 PM

NFL Media named USC junior RB Dominic Davis the fifth-fastest player in college football.

The 5-foot-10, 180-pound Davis, a sprinter on USC’s track team, set a school freshman indoor record two years ago with a 6.78 60-meter time. He has also recorded personal bests of 10.47 in the 100 and 21.48 in the 200. Davis should be strong in a complimentary role behind Ronald Jones again. He turned 23 carries into 132 yards last year, good for 5.7 yards per carry.
Source: NFL.com
May 26 - 1:29 PM

ESPN's Matt Bowen believes USC redshirt sophomore QB Sam Darnold is "surgical in the short-to-intermediate" area but must "take more calculated risks and show better ball placement on deep throws."

"Even with a long release that could be tweaked by pro coaches, Darnold gets the ball out with speed and he's accurate in the USC system," Bowen wrote. The analyst complimented Darnold's arm strength and quick feet in the scouting report, and dispelled concerns that USC's system has affected the prospect's field vision. "You'll see plenty of spread concepts in USC's system, but Darnold also goes through full-field reads in this offense," Bowen wrote. Darnold is the Heisman favorite and the consensus No. 1 NFL prospect heading into the new season, but keep in mind that he's only started 10 games.
Source: ESPN
May 23 - 2:35 PM

USC HC Clay Helton called sophomore WR Deontay Burnett a "shut-up-and-work guy."

"You can’t tell the difference between a practice and a game with that kid. It’s not about the hype, it’s just about playing ball each and every day," Helton said of the 6-foot, 170-pounder. "He might be the smallest horse in the stable, but he makes the biggest impact, and he does it in a workmanlike attitude." Burnett is expected to act as USC's No. 1 wideout this coming season with both JuJu Smith-Schuster and Darreus Rogers moving on. This past season, he caught 56 passes for 622 yards and seven touchdowns. 247Sports' Barton Simmons tags the Trojans triumvirate of QB Sam Darnold, RB Ronald Jones III and Burnett as the No. 7 offensive trio in the country.
May 22 - 7:49 PM

Sports Business Daily's Michael Smith and John Ourand report that United Airlines has purchased the naming rights for the Memorial Coliseum for in excess of $70 million over 15 years.

FOX Sports, which has a partnership with USC, has been trying to sell the naming rights to the Coliseum since 2015. United is not completely without its connections to the Trojans, as CEO Oscar Munoz is a graduate of USC's business school. The airline is expected to keep "Memorial Coliseum" as part of the stadium's name.
May 18 - 4:45 PM

NFL.com analyst and former NFL scout Bucky Brooks says USC redshirt sophomore QB Sam Darnold "isn't quite a polished passer who's ready to take the NFL by storm."

"Sure, he compiled a strong completion rate (67.2 percent) and touchdown-to-interception ratio (31:9) last season, but he played in a catch-and-fire system similar to the schemes that were run by [Mitch] Trubisky and Davis Webb," Brooks wrote. We don't think that comparison is quite fair -- Trubisky and Webb played in Air Raids -- but the Trojans' offense is littered with quick hits, screens, RPOs (run-pass options) and mesh concepts (layered crossing routes). "[Darnold] will also need to refine his footwork and fundamentals to become a more efficient passer from the pocket and show better deep-ball accuracy when he pushes the ball down the field," Brooks wrote. "With Darnold showing a little recklessness with the ball, it's quite possible that his interception totals will swell during his second season as a starter."
Source: NFL.com
May 18 - 12:52 PM

USC redshirt junior OL Toa Lobendahn (knee) is expected to be back for fall camp.

Lobendahn missed spring practices, still rehabbing the serious knee injury he suffered in the 2016 opener against Alabama. Lobendahn should be close to 100-percent by August, and he will likely be back in the starting lineup at one of the guard spots. The versatile Lobendahn has started multiple games at every position on the line except RT.
May 17 - 4:31 PM

USC sophomore WR Michael Pittman Jr. caught three balls for 30 yards in the spring game.

The Trojans’ coaching staff has raved about Pittman's blend of size and speed, and he looked this spring to be on the precipice of a breakout season. "It was really nice to see a couple of playmakers like Michael Pittman Jr. and Tyler Vaughns make some nice plays in the red zone," USC head coach Clay Helton said. "It was good to see Sam [Darnold] pitch and catch that first half and show great accuracy." The 6-foot-4, 205-pound Pittman Jr. is the son of former NFL running back Michael Pittman Sr. With Juju Smith-Schuster, Darreus Rogers, De’Quan Hampton and Isaac Whitney having left, there are plenty of opportunities for a host of elite USC receiving prospects to step into the void. Pittman is at the front of the line.
May 16 - 2:14 PM

The Orange County Register's Scott Wolf writes that USC freshman QB Jack Sears "started slowly and steadily improved (this spring) but needs a redshirt year."

Sears was a four-star recruit for the 2017 cycle. Wolf named quarterback as one of five positions that USC could least afford an injury at. This is true of most teams, but in the case of the Trojans, an injury to budding superstar Sam Darnold would drop them from Playoff contention and scuttle their lofty hopes for the coming season. Matt Fink will likely work as backup to Darnold in 2017.
May 14 - 2:52 PM

USC four-star 2018 verbal LB commit Raymond Scott plans on taking visits to Oklahoma and Georgia.

Georgia has not offered to Scott, yet, but he is intrigued enough by HC Kirby Smart's program that he would like to check out their wares with the hopes of receiving an offer down the road. When it comes to the Sooners, the 6-foot-1, 215-pounder said that he has a "good relationship" with HC Bob Stoops. Rivals recruiting analyst Adam Gorney also believes that Michigan could enter the fray in trying to pry the outlet's No. 89 overall prospect away from USC.
Source: Rivals
May 14 - 2:19 PM

Rivals recruiting director Mike Farrell called USC five-star 2018 verbal QB commit Matt Corral the "biggest get" in the Pac-12.

"Sam Darnold is gone after this season, and Corral could be the guy who steps in next as an elite signal caller," Farrell writes. The 6-foot-2, 185-pounder has been committed to the Trojans since February of 2016. Scout.com ranks him as the No. 10 overall prospect for the 2018 cycle, with outlet analyst Greg Biggins writing that Corral "has a live arm and can make all the throws but can also take something off and throws with touch and accuracy."
Source: Rivals
May 11 - 8:40 PM

USC junior T Chuma Edoga heads into the summer as the projected left tackle.

The Trojans must replace right tackle Zach Banner, left tackle Chad Wheeler and left guard Damien Mama, all of whom are now in the NFL. Edoga gained starting experience while filling in for Wheeler last fall.
May 11 - 2:15 PM

USC redshirt senior DL Kenny Bigelow Jr. is expected to be fully healthy by fall camp.

Bigelow will compete for the right to replace NT Stevie Tu’ikolovatu. Bigelow, a former five-star prospect, tore his ACL last March. He has a history of durability issues.
May 11 - 12:28 PM

Chiefs signed USC OG Damien Mama.

Mama (6’3/334) made 29 starts in three seasons as a Trojan, earning second-team All-Pac 12 from the conference’s coaches in 2016. A big, strong mauler in the run game, Mama was charged with just one QB hit allowed last year. Mama tested atrociously in Indy, however, registering second-percentile SPARQ results with a brutal 5.84 forty and 8.51 three-cone time. Despite long arms (35") and massive hands (11"), Mama is a long shot to develop into an NFL starter and will have to be protected with help blocks whenever takes the field.
May 10 - 1:42 PM


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