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Sports Illustrated ranks USC sophomore RB Stephen Carr 53rd in their list of the top 100 players in college football.

Carr is the highest rated running back listed so far -- keep in mind that players 50-1 release later so that will surely change -- ahead of players like Washington's Myles Gaskin, Kentucky's Benny Snell and Alabama's Damian Harris. Carr battled injuries in 2017 and backed up Ronald Jones, but he showed flashes of brilliance when he was on the field. He also had back surgery, but he should be ready to roll this fall. As SI summarizes: "If he’s back to full speed by the fall, as head coach Clay Helton expects, Carr will be the centerpiece of a talented but unproven offense trying to fill the holes left by Jones and Sam Darnold."
Jun 18 - 5:48 PM

ESPN's Chris Low lists USC's non-conference schedule as the second toughest in college football for 2018.

Things don't start out terribly tough for USC -- with all due respect to UNLV -- but it escalates from there. They have their usual bout against Notre Dame, but they also have to face Texas in Austin, which won't be easy at all. As Low points out, that trip to Texas comes after a trip to Stanford. Even with an extension, Helton has to be feeling a little bit of pressure to win games in 2018. It doesn't appear that there's any easy path there for the Trojans.
Source: ESPN
Jun 18 - 4:43 PM

USC senior T Chuma Edoga allowed a mere six quarterback pressures last season.

Per Pro Football Focus, that silly-low number of quarterback pressures allowed is good for tops among returning tackles in the Pac-12. Just whom the 6-foot-4, 290-pounder will be blocking for during the coming campaign is still an open question. One of J.T. Daniels, Jack Sears or Matt Fink will have the tall task of leading USC's offense into the post-Sam Darnold era.
Jun 9 - 2:36 PM

NFL Media senior analyst Gil Brandt believes that USC senior S Marvell Tell is worth a top-50 selection in the 2019 NFL Draft.

Brandt took to Twitter to tick off a total of 23 players who he thought deserved to be swept off next spring's board by the end of Round 2. Tell (6'2/195) was the only safety prospect on his list. He's made 29 starts in his career, including working as a full-time starter each of the past two seasons. More of the same to come this year. For the past campaign, Tell registered 85 tackles while intercepting three passes.
Jun 7 - 2:32 PM

ESPN's Edward Aschoff lists linebacker as the strongest position for USC coming into the 2018 season.

The Trojans lose a ton of offensive talent -- and a couple of quality defensive players as well -- but they do return one of the best linebacker corps on paper for the 2018 season. "Getting All-American talent Porter Gustin back from injury this spring was huge, as is the return over inside leader Cameron Smith," writes Aschoff. If USC is going to compete for a Pac-12 championship it's going to be the defense that leads them there, and those two linebackers along with freshman Kana'i Mauga give them a chance.
Source: ESPN
Jun 4 - 12:45 PM

Indefinitely suspended USC sophomore WR Joseph Lewis has reached a plea deal in which he's plead no contest to a pair of domestic battery charges.

Lewis looked like he was heading to trial in his ongoing domestic violence case -- the charges against him stemmed from two alleged incidents of domestic violence that precipitated his arrest in February -- but has now accepted the plea deal which he had initially ejected late last week. The fallout: Lewis will be on summary probation for 36 months, has been banned from possessing, using or owning a firearm for the next 10 years and will be required to take part in weekly domestic violence treatment program. He'll also be serving 60 days in the county jail (starting on June 15), though good behavior and such could get that knocked down to 30 days. In addition to all this, a protective order remains in place preventing the sophomore from approaching within 100 yards of the victim in this case. With his legal matters at an end, the wideout is hopeful he'll be reinstated to the team by the start of August camp. USC suspended him indefinitely following his initial arrest.
May 24 - 11:19 AM

USC signed four-star 2018 DT Trevor Trout in February.

Trout comes from St. Louis power Chaminade, and the defender was also considering UCLA, Missouri, Texas A&M and Florida; among others. The 6-foot-3, 315-pound defender has a chance to be an impact run-stuffer for the Trojans, and ranks 20th in 247 Sports composite rankings of defensive tackles. "As he grows and matures and gains more natural strength he is definitely a guy who can take on and defeat double-teams, 247 Sports Greg Powers writes. "He is a defensive tackle who can move around the line of scrimmage and help be a disruptive force on the inside and collapse the pocket."
Source: 247 Sports
May 21 - 4:26 PM

USC received a verbal commitment from three-star 2019 QB Kedon Slovis.

Slovis (6'3/195) picked the Trojans over programs like NC State, Arizona State, Cal and Oregon State, among others. He's rated the 54th best quarterback by 247 Sports in their 2019 rankings, and the 25th best player out of the state of California. He'll have to battle with several highly recruited players at the position to get on the field, but Slovis is reportedly a smart player that can read defenses, and that along with quality accuracy could help him do just that.
May 20 - 12:26 PM

The trial for indefinitely suspended USC sophomore WR Joseph Lewis on five misdemeanor counts of domestic violence began on Thursday.

Lewis had initially been facing a felony domestic violence charge relating to his arrest in February, but the Los Angeles County district attorney's office opted not to pursue that charge. USC moved to immediately suspend him after news of his arrest broke. Per the Los Angeles Times, the sophomore receiver was offered a plea deal, but turned that down in favor of keeping his current "not guilty" plea. Exact details of the case against Lewis are not known beyond the fact that there were two alleged incidents prior to his arrest. Jury selection in the case is scheduled for Monday.
May 18 - 3:53 PM

Uncommitted three-star 2019 QB Kedon Slovis said that he plans on visiting USC in the near future.

Slovis (6'3/195) just received an offer from the Trojans on Monday. He's also intrigued by NC State, as he's spoken at length with program OC Eliah Drinkwitz and feels like he would be a good fit in the offensive scheme. Arizona State, Cal and Oregon State are among the other programs who have offered to the Scottsdale native.
Source: Rivals
May 16 - 1:30 PM

USC redshirt sophomore WR Velus Jones was listed by Edward Aschoff as the Trojan's breakout star during spring practices.

Jones hasn't made much of an impact since committing to the Trojans back in 2016, and had just six catches for 46 yards in the 2017 season. With the Trojans losing several offensive stars, they need a returner to step up, and it just might be the 6-foot, 195-pound Jones. "This was kind of the story last offseason for Jones, too, but the hope is that he's becoming a better student of the game as well," writes Aschoff. "He was used more out of the backfield last season, but the Trojans are hoping he's as big of a deep threat this fall as he was this spring."
Source: ESPN
May 14 - 1:31 PM

Indefinitely suspended USC sophomore WR Joseph Lewis is set to stand trial on five misdemeanor domestic violence charges on May 17.

The troubled wide receiver had been going through a pretrial hearing for the past six weeks. He faces five misdemeanor counts of domestic violence -- a felony domestic violence charge was initially brought against him in February, but that was reduced -- in relation to a pair of alleged incidents from that month. USC immediately moved to issue an indefinite suspension to the former five-star receiver and he's currently barred from participating in team activities. He was not present for spring practice.
May 10 - 11:32 AM

Titans signed WR USC WR Deontay Burnett.

Burnett (6’0/186) turned pro after three years at USC, compiling a career 152/1,897/12.5/16 receiving line and emerging as Sam Darnold’s go-to guy as a 2017 junior. Burnett caught 8-of-9 TDs on slot routes last season, and PFF College charted Burnett with the second-lowest drop rate (2.3%) in this year’s wide receiver class. Limited leading up to the draft by a torn hamstring, Burnett managed a 4.70 forty time at the Trojans’ Pro Day. Burnett’s soft hands and toughness give him a shot to hang around, but ultimately he is a low-upside slot-only prospect with pedestrian traits.
May 2 - 8:37 PM

USC sophomore G Andrew Vorhees underwent surgery to repair a torn meniscus in mid-April.

Vorhees (6'6/310) works as right guard for the Trojans. He initially signed on with the program as a four-star recruit in the winter of 2017. As a true freshman, the Kingsburg, California, native saw time starting after Viane Talamaivao underwent a season-ending surgery to repair a torn pectoral muscle last October. Vorhees is expected to recover from his recent knee surgery in time to participate in summer workouts.
May 2 - 2:15 PM

USC HC Clay Helton said in April that senior CB Iman Marshall was having "by far his best camp."

"It’s a very shut-up-and-work mentality, a blue-collar mentality," Helton said. "I have not seen the guy take one rep off, not been lazy one rep." This is quite the encouraging review, as Marshall, himself, admitted in the spring that he was disappointed with his work during the 2017 season due to what he termed "[a] lack of effort." After intercepting six passes over the course of his first two years in the program, the 6-foot-1, 194-pounder failed to log a pick for the past campaign, though he did post 51 tackles and 10 passes defended. Marshall believes the down year (he also battled injury) was a "wake-up call." He could have leapt for the draft over the winter, but we view his decision to return to USC to shore up some clear issues as absolutely the right call.
May 2 - 1:25 PM


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