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Former USC redshirt senior RB/DB D.J. Morgan said he has not retired from football, and still has NFL aspirations.

He has an odd way of showing it. Morgan has not played since 2012 due to injuries. "I realize I still have a lot left in me," Morgan said. "I haven’t played in a while and I just want to get my body back." He finished his Trojan career with only 364 yards rushing and a touchdown. The No. 68 overall recruit in the 2010 class was moved to defensive back in summer camp. He left the team earlier this week. "We’re wishing him the best of luck," head coach Steve Sarkisian said.
Sep 17 - 9:40 PM

Former Ole Miss HC and USC interim coach Ed Orgeron turned down the Nicholls State job.

Nicholls State athletic director Rob Bernardi confirmed to CoachingSearch.com that he talked to Orgeron about taking over after Charlie Stubbs resigned as coach on the heels of an 0-3 start. Orgeron declined, citing a "commitment he made to his wife and family for this season," according to CoachingSearch.com. Orgeron's home in Mandeville, La., is very close to the Nicholls State campus. You'll hear his name connected to head coaching jobs this winter; there aren't many better recruiters in the business.
Sep 17 - 9:12 PM

USC junior DL Leonard Williams went No. 1 overall in CBS Sports' Rob Rang's most recent mock draft.

The NFLDraftScout.com staff currently projects Oakland to land in the top spot. With Derek Carr, the team won't be in the market for another quarterback. "The Raiders have one of the oldest rosters in the NFL and desperately need young talent on a defensive line that is currently filled with veteran cast-offs acquired via free agency," Rang wrote. "Oakland could be in a situation to trade out of this pick for a quarterback-needy franchise, but with a supreme talent like Williams available, it would be a win-win. Wiliams might be the best player in the entire draft and gives the Raiders a building block to pair with Khalil Mack in the front-seven." The 6-foot-5, 300-pounder collected 11 tackles, one sack and a tackle for loss nursing a high-ankle sprain versus Stanford a few weekends ago in a game that was critical for his evaluation.
Source: CBS Sports
Sep 17 - 8:25 PM

The OC Register reports that USC head coach Steve Sarkisian announced that redshirt senior RB/DB D.J. Morgan has retired from football to focus on running track for USC.

Although the OC Register reports that Morgan is walking away from the USC football team, Morgan "is still open to seeking a professional career." The fifth-year senior has had a history of injuries while at USC and has not played since 2012. In Morgans short career, he finishes with 83 carries for 364 yards and one touchdown.
Sep 16 - 4:04 PM

USC redshirt junior QB Cody Kessler completed 31-of-41 passes for 317 and four touchdowns in a 37-31 upset loss to Boston College on Saturday.

Kessler was also sacked five times. Rotoworld's Josh Norris ranks him as the No. 7 quarterback in the 2015 class. "The Trojans will use plenty of quick throws at the line of scrimmage this season, but when asked to hold the ball and look at multiple receivers, Kessler does not get complacent with his feet and is not afraid to throw to gaps between defensive backs," Norris wrote. Kessler has thrown only seven career interceptions; accuracy and avoiding crippling mistakes are not bad qualities for a long-term NFL backup to have.
Source: Rotoworld
Sep 14 - 9:44 PM

USC junior DL Leonard Williams was described by a veteran NFC scout as "a special player."

The scout said Williams had unique physical traits. "He raved about Williams' exceptional frame and lauded his strength, power and athleticism," NFL.com passed along. "The evaluator discussed the difficulties of finding a big guy who is light on his feet, yet displays the brute strength and power to overwhelm blockers at the point of attack. The scout also pointed to Williams' age (20) as an enticing factor in his evaluation." The 6-foot-5, 300-pounder collected 11 tackles, one sack and a tackle for loss against Stanford last week while playing with a high-ankle sprain. He has the potential to be special.
Source: NFL.com
Sep 10 - 4:52 PM

The Orange County Register reports that USC Coach Steve Sarkisian indicated that redshirt junior RB Tre Madden will probably sit out Saturday’s game at Boston College.

"He’s a lot further along than where he was 2½ weeks ago. (But) he’s not 100 percent," Sarkisian said. "I’m hopeful we can get through this game, get through the bye and then get him ready to go for Oregon State (on Sept. 27) so that thing’s not lingering." The 6-foot-1, 225 pound Madden, was moved up on the depth chart this week, but it looks like Sarkisian would like Madden to be fully healthy before he makes his way back into the lineup.
Sep 10 - 2:01 PM

USC junior DL Leonard Williams "flashed dominance" in Saturday's game against Stanford, NFL.com's Bucky Brooks wrote.

Williams was ranked as one of Brooks' Week 2 draft stock risers. "The Trojans' star defender made quite an impact on the game despite nursing a gimpy ankle that limited his mobility and explosiveness," Brooks wrote. "Williams tallied 11 tackles, one sack and a tackle for loss against a physical Stanford offensive line that's as good as any in the country. Although Williams couldn't sustain his disruptive presence for the entire game, he certainly flashed enough dominance in key spots to help the Trojans engineer an early-season upset on the road." CBS Sports' Dane Brugler wrote earlier this week that Williams "at 50-60 percent is still better than most defensive linemen in college football – that's how dominant he is." No argument from us.
Source: NFL.com
Sep 9 - 8:20 PM

An NFL scout said USC's handling of the Josh Shaw situation hurt the school's trustworthiness.

"I'll have to weed through even more of SC's [expletive]," the scout said. "It definitely hurts. I'm not going to believe what I hear out of their mouths. It'll be more about their mannerisms and how their body language is." The Sports Illustrated report said NFL scouts already distrusted the Trojans' program stemming from the tenures of former coaches Pete Carroll and Lane Kiffin, specifically their strategy in sharing relevant scouting information about Trojans' players. We doubt scouts' negative feelings about the school will hurt the draft stock of its players, but it bears watching.
Sep 9 - 7:04 PM

CBS Sports' Dane Brugler believes USC junior DL Leonard Williams "at 50-60 percent is still better than most defensive linemen in college football – that's how dominant he is."

Despite nursing a high-ankle sprain on Saturday against Stanford, the 6-foot-5, 300 pound Williams, made his presence known in USC's upset versus Stanford on Saturday. The USC prospect finished the game with 11 tackles, with one tackle for loss and one sack. Brugler notes that Williams was able to be "effective with his quickness and strength, both qualities that were evident against Stanford's physical offensive line."
Source: CBS Sports
Sep 9 - 1:55 PM

USC junior DL Leonard Williams' stellar performance on Saturday against Stanford "is one scouts will point to during the pre-draft process," writes TFY Draft Insider's Tony Pauline.

Williams acquitted himself well when lined up across from Stanford's Andrus Peat. "Despite being hampered with a sprained ankle which prevented him from playing fulltime against Stanford, Williams posted a team leading 11 tackles while also adding a sack and one tackle for loss," Pauline wrote. "His hustle and intensity were impressive and this could go a long way in securing Williams as a top six pick next April. Why then is he not listed as a Riser? Stanford’s offensive line is not battle tested as four-fifths graduated to the NFL after last season. Boston College next week then UCLA and Notre Dame during November are better challenges for Williams." Williams earned Pac-12 Defensive Freshman of the Year honors as a DT in 2012, and then converted to DE to collect 74 tackles -- 13.5 for loss -- and six sacks while battling through a nagging shoulder injury last year.
Sep 8 - 5:09 PM

In his latest mock draft, CBS Sports' Dane Brugler believes USC junior DL Leonard Williams "might be the best player in the entire draft," and with the No. 2 pick "it gives the Raiders a building block to pair with Khalil Mack in the front seven."

"They luck out in this situation with a supreme talent like Williams available; he might be the best player in the entire draft and gives the Raiders a building block to pair with Khalil Mack in the front seven," Brugler wrote. With the Raiders getting a little bit long in the tooth along the defensive line, Brugler thinks the Raiders need an "injection of young talent" at the position, which is "currently filled with veteran cast-offs acquired via free agency."
Source: CBS Sports
Sep 8 - 4:32 PM

USC AD Pat Haden apologized for entering the school's sideline and speaking with officials during the Trojans' game against Stanford.

"I apologize to Commissioner Scott, to the game officials, to Stanford and to the fans for any distraction I might have caused during Saturday's football game," Haden, who is part of the College Football Playoff committee, said in a statement. "...I should have waited until after the game and gone through the appropriate channels." Haden literally jogged to the team's bench area and entered into a somewhat heated discussion with referees. The athletic director later told the television broadcast he received a text message requesting his assistance on the sideline.
Sep 8 - 9:39 AM

USC junior DL Leonard Williams played well despite nursing a high-ankle sprain on Saturday against Stanford, wrote CBS Sports' Rob Rang.

Draft analysts were salivating at the idea of Williams lining up across from Stanford's Andrus Peat, but it didn't happen as much as everyone hoped. When it did, CBS Sports liked Williams' side. "Despite [the ankle sprain], Williams showed impressive agility and acceleration, nearly tracking down Stanford's star receiver and returner Ty Montgomery for a big tackle for loss in the second quarter," Rang wrote. "Montgomery had lined up as the Wildcat quarterback on the play and was forced to retrieve an errant snap. Williams' pursuit helped lead Montgomery into the arms of USC teammates, who will get the credit for the 16-yard loss to end the first quarter but were put in great position by the junior defensive lineman to do so."
Source: CBS Sports
Sep 7 - 7:47 PM

USC junior WR Nelson Agholor had nine catches for 91 yards in Saturday's triumph over Stanford.

A few days after a veteran NFC scout told NFL.com that Agholor "isn't even the most talented receiver at USC," the junior accounted for 60-percent of the Trojans' receptions (nine of 15). He also returned two kicks for 34 yards. The 6-foot, 185-pound Agholor had five receptions for 57 yards and two touchdowns in last week's blowout win against Fresno State. "Agholor is going to be a polarizing prospect," CBS Sports' Dane Brugler tweeted after that game. "God-given athleticism, body control but shaky ball skills."
Sep 6 - 7:27 PM


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