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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

USC junior DE/OLB Porter Gustin (toe) is playing in Saturday's game against Texas.

Gustin underwent toe surgery on Wednesday, but that would only be a concern for mere mortals. He entered Saturday's contest in the first quarter. The Trojans don't figure to push him too hard, but that he is playing at all is impressive.
Sep 16 - 8:55 PM

NFL Media's Daniel Jeremiah compares USC junior RB Ronald Jones II to Jamaal Charles.

USC offensive coordinator Tee Martin previously compared Jones to Charles. Jeremiah noted the improved power element in Jones' game this year; the speedster added 10 pounds over the offseason and has been, per Jeremiah, "breaking a ton of tackles." The 6-foot, 200-pound Jones led the Trojans with 1,082 yards on 6.5 YPC with 13 total touchdowns last year. If early returns are any indication, he could be in line for a bigger campaign this fall.
Sep 15 - 12:51 PM

USC freshman DT Marlon Tuipulotu (knee) is doubtful for Saturday's game against Texas.

Tuipolotu (6'2/280) sustained a sprained MCL in the Trojans' win over Stanford in Week 2. All signs at this point have him sitting out against Texas. The expectation, here, is that the true freshman could end up missing upwards of three weeks of action, with HC Clay Helton saying that Tuipolotu "has not really moved around" during the practice week.
Sep 14 - 3:35 PM

USC junior DE/OLB Porter Gustin underwent toe surgery on Wednesday.

While Porter (6'5/260) had two screws inserted in his big toe, he has not yet been ruled out for Saturday's game against Texas. Said HC Clay Helton, "It's day to day. Porter's a tough kid. I don't know if it's too late for him to play in this game or not." In two games this season, the athletic dynamo has posted 11 tackles. Should Gustin be ruled out against Texas, Connor Murphy would draw the start in his place.
Sep 14 - 3:23 PM

USC redshirt sophomore TE Daniel Imatorbhebhe (hip) was not in pads at Tuesday's practice.

Imatorbhebhe (6'3/225) has been on the mend from a hip flexor sustained in mid-August. He did not play in Saturday's win over Stanford and, on Monday, Trojans HC Clay Helton labeled him "doubtful" for this coming weekend's game against Texas. Tyler Petite should continue to see starting work with Imatorbhebhe on the sidelines.
Sep 13 - 10:27 PM

USC junior DE/OLB Porter Gustin did not practice on Tuesday due to shoulder and toe injuries.

Trojans HC Clay Helton has not shed a more specific light on the nature of Porter's ailments. The 6-foot-5, 260-pounder has recorded 11 tackles through the first two games of the season. His status for Saturday's primetime showdown with Texas has not yet been determined.
Sep 13 - 10:15 PM

An NFL evaluator who spoke with SI's Albert Breer called USC redshirt sophomore QB Sam Darnold "Troy Aikman, to a T."

"That’s the first pick in the draft," the evaluator said. "Troy Aikman, to a T. The whole package. Instincts in the pocket, how he moves, the arm, and he’s accurate as all get-out." Darnold shredded Stanford’s strong defense for 21-of-26 completions, 316 yards and a 4/2 TD/INT rate in Saturday's 42-24 victory.
Source: SI
Sep 13 - 3:20 PM

NFL Draft Analyst's Tony Pauline singled out USC junior OL Chris Brown's "dominant effort" on Saturday against USC.

"Brown announced his arrival with a dominant performance, setting the tone early by making several important blocks to spring free running back Ronald Jones who also performed brilliantly. Brown also stood out in pass protection, allowing quarterback Sam Darnold to patiently sit in the pocket," Pauline said. Pauline also singled out his "next level size" at 6-foot-5 and 310 pounds. He'll need to show it week-to-week, but more efforts like this could see Brown become a potential day-two -- or possibly higher -- selection come April.
Sep 11 - 7:43 PM

Draft Analyst's Tony Pauline said that USC redshirt sophomore QB Sam Darnold had an "eye opening" performance against Stanford.

"What impressed me the most was the way Darnold worked the middle of the field early in the game, exploiting the weakness in the Stanford defense and staying away from their strength at cornerback," Pauline said. Later in the game he challenged the flanks and found success." Darnold did throw two interceptions against the Stanford secondary, but outside of that, the 6-foot-4, 220-pound signal-caller was outstanding. He'll get a chance to put up big numbers against the Texas secondary on Saturday.
Sep 11 - 7:02 PM

USC redshirt sophomore TE Daniel Imatorbhebhe (hip) is doubtful for Saturday's game against Texas.

"I really just want to get him back 100 percent," Clay Helton said. Imatorbhebhe played limited snaps in the opener against Western Michigan and was then withheld completely in Saturday's win over Stanford. Tyler Petite will start until he returns.
Sep 11 - 5:03 PM

USC junior CB Dominic Davis will redshirt this season.

This according to HC Clay Helton. Davis shifted from running back to cornerback in August. Over the summer, named the 5-foot-10, 180-pound Davis the fifth-fastest player in college football. A sprinter on USC’s track team, Davis needs more time to develop his new craft.
Sep 11 - 4:57 PM

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