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USC sophomore TE Cary Angeline has "quit" the football team.

Angeline was expected to work in the tight end rotation, but was not present for the game against Cal after not playing against Texas. No further information is available at this time.
Sep 25 - 10:06 AM

USC freshman RB Stephen Carr rushed for 82 yards and a touchdown on 20 carries in Saturday's 30-20 win over Cal.

Carr started in place of Ronald Jones, who is dealing with an ankle injury. The Golden Bears held the true frosh back in check for the most part -- his long run went for just 13 yards -- but should Jones end up missing significant time, you can expect even bigger efforts from the 6-foot, 210-pounder moving forward. He's as talented a freshman back as there is in the country.
Sep 23 - 8:10 PM

USC redshirt sophomore QB Sam Darnold completed 26-of-38 passes for 223 yards, two touchdowns and an interception in Saturday's 30-20 win over Cal.

Darnold has had himself something of a wobbly start to his season -- he has now been intercepted seven times in four games after being picked just nine times in 13 contests last season. Still, he has come through with the big throws when USC has needed them from him, with a short scoring pass to Deontay Burnett early in the fourth quarter helping to keep Cal at bay while the game was still in balance. If he continues to play this up-and-down, though, the Trojans are probably going to trip at some point. For now, they're 4-0. Next Friday's trip to Pullman to take on Washington State is a potentially troublesome contest.
Sep 23 - 8:08 PM

USC redshirt freshman WR Tyler Vaughns will start against Cal on Saturday.

Vaughns slots in as replacement for Steven Mitchell, who is dealing with a groin injury. He is an aces route-runner and has high athletic upside.
Sep 23 - 3:36 PM

USC freshman RB Stephen Carr will likely start against Cal on Saturday.

Ronald Jones did warm up in advance of the game, as he is dealing with an ankle injury suffered during the practice week. Carr is a more than capable replacement and we're excited to see what he can do in a starting role.
Sep 23 - 3:26 PM

USC redshirt senior WR Steven Mitchell (groin) is not warming up in advance of Saturday's game against Cal.

Mitchell was injured in last Saturday's hard-fought win over Texas. He was listed as questionable during the practice week. There is no current timetable for his recovery. He had been working to a 14-223-2 receiving line through USC's first three games this season.
Sep 23 - 3:09 PM

USC junior RB Ronald Jones II (ankle) is not warming up in advance of Saturday's game against Cal.

Jones injured his ankle during practice on Tuesday. It looks like he won't be playing versus the Golden Bears, putting stud freshman Stephen Carr in line to make his first collegiate start.
Sep 23 - 3:06 PM

USC junior OLB Porter Gustin (toe, biceps) is out indefinitely.

This according to HC Clay Helton, who said there is currently no timetable for a possible return. "I think it’s gonna be a little time," Helton said. "Two injuries and trying to heal both." Gustin fractured his right big toe against Stanford earlier this month. He played last Saturday against Texas, but halftime X-rays revealed one of the screws in his toe had moved. Gustin didn't return. Helton also stated on Thursday that Gustin had torn his right biceps. Gustin doesn't need surgery, but he needs time to rehab.
Sep 23 - 11:34 AM

USC junior RB Ronald Jones II (ankle) did not practice on Thursday

Jones left practice on Tuesday early, and didn't practice at all on Wednesday. At this point, Jones has to be considered day-to-day. If the 6-foot 200-pound tailback can't go, Stephen Carr will likely get the bulk of the carries against Cal on Saturday.
Sep 21 - 9:32 PM

USC redshirt senior WR Steven Mitchell (groin) did not practice on Tuesday and is questionable for the Trojans' contest against Cal on Saturday.

Mitchell (5'10/190) injured the groin at some point in the overtime victory over Texas on Saturday. The senior has been one of USC quarterback Sam Darnold's favorite targets this year, catching 14 passes for 223 yards and two scores.
Sep 21 - 8:46 PM

USC HC Clay Helton said that he expects senior LB Uchenna Nwosu (knee) to be able to play against Cal on Saturday.

Nwosu (6'2/240) sprained the MCL in his knee during last weekend's double-overtime win over Texas. He sat out the first portion of the practice week before returning on Wednesday sporting a knee brace. His availability for Saturday would be welcome for the Trojans -- Nwosu has gotten off to a nice start this season, recording 20 tackles, a sack and seven passes defended in two-plus games.
Sep 21 - 4:00 PM

USC junior RB Ronald Jones II did not practice on Wednesday due to an ankle injury.

Jones left Tuesday's practice early and did not show out on Wednesday. USC RB coach Deland McCullough indicated that the 6-foot, 200-pound junior should still be considered a likely performer for Saturday's game against Cal. Should Jones be held out versus the Golden Bears, super-frosh Stephen Carr would draw the start in his place.
Sep 20 - 9:35 PM

USC junior DE/OLB Porter Gustin is undergoing an MRI on Sunday to determine the severity of a biceps injury suffered in Saturday's win over Texas.

After the game, Trojans HC Clay Helton said that he feared that Gustin may have torn his biceps muscle. The 6-foot-5, 260-pounder did not play after halftime on Saturday, though Gustin indicated that that was due to some ill-effects from a toe surgery which he underwent in the middle of the practice week. Just how badly the junior's bicep is injured should become clear after the MRI.
Source: Diehards
Sep 17 - 12:32 PM

USC sophomore WR Deontay Burnett caught eight passes for 123 yards and two touchdowns in a 27-24 double-overtime victory over Texas on Saturday.

What a start to the season this has been for Burnett (6'0/170). The sophomore wideout has dominated in all three games, and it's his second-straight multiple touchdown game. He opened the scoring with a 15-yarder from quarterback Sam Darnold to give the Trojans a 7-0 lead. He didn't find the end zone again until overtime, but it was a big one on a 25-yard post pass to make it 24-17. At this point, Burnett looks like one of the top wide receiver prospects for the 2018 NFL Draft.
Sep 17 - 12:53 AM

USC redshirt sophomore QB Sam Darnold completed 28-of-49 passes for 397 yards with three touchdowns and two interceptions in a 27-24 double-overtime victory over Texas on Saturday.

Three touchdowns and 397 yards: good. That completion percentage and two interceptions against a Texas team that gave up 51 points to Maryland? Not so much. Darnold is going to be over critiqued because of his draft stock, but there was a lot of good and a lot of bad tonight for the potential No.1 pick. A lot of the good came in high-leverage situations, however, which has to be nice to see for fans of the Trojans. The 6-foot-4 quarterback made a signature play when he completed a jump pass under pressure to Stephen Carr to get the Trojans into field goal range and tie the game at 17. He made a gorgeous throw to Deontay Burnett in the first overtime, which was helped by Texas deciding to not cover the wideout. Darnold and USC will travel to Cal next week.
Sep 17 - 12:48 AM


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