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USC freshman WR Ajene Harris (hamstring) and junior FB Soma Vainukuhas (hamstring) are not expected to play in this weekend's game against Washington State.

USC HC Steve Sarkisian confirmed that FB Soma Vainuku and WR Ajene Harris, who are both dealing with hamstring injuries, are not expected to play Saturday. Sarkisian did note that both will be making the trip with the team. Vainuku has missed the past two games and hasn't been able to practice, while Harris has been limited in practice and still isn't 100 percent.
Oct 30 - 2:10 PM

USC junior DL Leonard Williams remained limited in practice this week with a shoulder injury, but is expected to play versus Washington State.

Williams has battled injuries all season, but you would not be able to tell with his play. The ultra talented defensive linemen moves between gaps and wins at each, which is true versatility.
Oct 30 - 10:53 AM

USC junior WR Nelson Agholor was compared to a "young Reggie Wayne" by an NFC scout.

The comparison originated from Agholor's ability to get in and out of his breaks and route running. "One concern the scout expressed about Agholor was field awareness," NFL media writes, citing the receiver stepping out of bounds before converting a fourth down play. The receiver class is shaping up to be another great one, which is noteworthy since last year's group is already making an immediate impact.
Source: NFL.com
Oct 30 - 9:46 AM

One AFC scout told NFL media he has zero concerns or questions regarding USC junior DL Leonard Williams' motor.

"You always worry about motor with defensive linemen... When I watch Leonard Williams play, I see Richard Seymour," the scout said. You will see Williams listed as a defensive end in many rankings, but he will almost certainly play a 5 or 3 technique role for an odd or multiple front. If everything checks out, look for Williams to be a top 10 or 5 selection.
Source: NFL.com
Oct 30 - 9:35 AM

CBS Sports' Rob Rang calls USC junior DL Leonard Williams a "physical mismatch" who could entice the Raiders at the number one pick.

The Raiders are set at quarterback with Derek Carr. Rang sees as Williams as a "physical mismatch too quick for interior lineman and too powerful for offensive tackles" to handle. Rang previously noted that scouts were comparing the 6-foot-5, 290-pound junior to such current NFL studs as J.J. Watt and Gerald McCoy. A prime example of Williams' ability to dominate came several weeks back, when he recorded eleven tackles and a sack against Stanford, earning him Pac-12 Player of the Week honors.
Source: CBS Sports
Oct 29 - 4:46 PM

Orange County Register's Michael Lev reports that USC freshman WR JuJu Smith is "unusually mature for a 17-year-old," but his "approach to every aspect of the game" is what "sets him apart from his peers."

"Freshman receiver JuJu Smith is unusually mature for a 17-year-old. He’s obviously big and powerful at 6-foot-2, 210 pounds. But it’s Smith’s approach to every aspect of the game that sets him apart from his peers," Lev wrote. The 6-foot-2, 210-pound Smith has 32 receptions for 427 yards and 2 touchdowns on the season. USC coach Steve Sarkisian notes that "every day" Smith "comes out here with an amazing attitude and work ethic."
Oct 27 - 3:37 PM

USC starting redshirt sophomore LT Chad Wheeler will miss the remainder of the season due to a torn ACL.

Wheeler apparently suffered the injury very early on, but toughed it out for seven or eight plays before removing himself from the game. Senior Aundrey Walker, who had been the team's utility lineman, will now start at left tackle. We have been fans of Walker's talent, but being stuck on an island at left tackle might not be his best spot.
Oct 27 - 9:59 AM

USC head coach Steve Sarkisian said he would like to use DB Adoree Jackson on offense more, but secondary issues have prevented that from happening.

The Trojans started the year more shorthanded than expected in the back half thanks to the loss of Josh Shaw, so Jackson has focused on that side of the ball. Jackson is a track and field star who previously hoped to participate in the long jump in the 2016 Olympics.
Oct 27 - 9:46 AM

USC junior WR Nelson Agholor had 10 catches for 110 yards in Saturday's loss to Utah.

The Trojans have used Agholor a bit differently this year than is years past. His usage rate is far higher in the offense -- he currently stands at a career-high 58 receptions and seven touchdowns -- but his yards per catch has dropped significantly. In limited action as a freshman, he posted a 17.9 YPR average. Last year, as a full-time player, Agholor averaged 16.4 yards per reception. This year, he's averaging 11.1 YPR. Agholor has the speed and acceleration to take the top off of a defense, so we'd expect more a home run plays in the second half than he had in the first.
Oct 26 - 11:32 PM

USC redshirt junior RB Javorius "Buck" Allen had 101 yards rushing on 27 carries on Saturday against Utah.

Allen has only been held under 100 rushing yards once this season through eight games. In that contest -- an upset loss to Boston College -- he chipped in 118 receiving yards. ESPN's KC Joyner graded "Buck" Allen as the No. 2 running back in college football last week. The 6-foot-1, 220-pound Allen has been drawing comparisons to Bishop Sankey.
Oct 26 - 11:18 PM

USC redshirt junior QB Cody Kessler completed 24 of 32 attempts for 264 yards, two touchdowns and one interception in the school's 24-21 loss to Utah.

Kessler is having one of the more underrated seasons, and we would select him over prospects who receive more attention, like Bryce Petty. He does not have a great downfield arm, but Kessler is one of the few college quarterbacks who looks patient in the pocket, finds operable space and is willing to work through multiple reads.
Oct 26 - 10:39 AM

TFY Draft Insider's Tony Pauline reports that it's a "foregone conclusion" that USC junior DL Leonard Williams will enter the draft.

As a top-10 lock, a top-five probable, and a top-three possibility, this comes as no surprise. CBS Sports' Rob Rang wrote earlier this week that Williams "is earning comparisons from scouts to everyone from [J.J.] Watt to Tampa Bay defensive tackle Gerald McCoy." Meanwhile, NFL.com's Daniel Jeremiah says he sees Richard Seymour in Williams. Either way, Williams will be a dominant pro.
Oct 24 - 6:02 PM

USC junior DL Leonard Williams reminds NFL Media's Daniel Jeremiah of Richard Seymour.

Williams will almost certainly play a similar role in the NFL. Seymour played at a high level in both even and odd man fronts, and we have seen Williams show true versatility by winning from multiple gaps and techniques. He has strength and agility to work at the line of scrimmage and in the backfield.
Oct 23 - 12:23 PM

USC junior DL Leonard Williams "is earning comparisons from scouts to everyone from [J.J.] Watt to Tampa Bay defensive tackle Gerald McCoy," according to CBS Sports' Rob Rang.

"The best player in the NFL this season very well may be Houston Texans defensive end J.J. Watt, but if teams were allowed to draft veterans, a number of Pro Bowl quarterbacks would be selected ahead of him," Rang wrote. "The 2015 NFL Draft could demonstrate the same value of the game's most important position. While Southern Cal defensive end Leonard Williams has been the most impressive player I've seen this season, quarterbacks Marcus Mariota and Jameis Winston are more likely to generate wins for their future NFL franchises." Williams might be the draft's safest prospect, a player who could be a Pro Bowler in Year 1, but, for the reasons Rang mentioned, he isn't likely to go No. 1 overall. Williams has collected 45 tackles, including five for loss and 4.5 sacks this season.
Source: CBS Sports
Oct 22 - 8:26 PM

Los Angeles Daily News' Scott Wolf reports that USC freshman two-way player Adoree Jackson (hip) "is ready to play" against Utah this weekend.

The 5-foot-10, 182-pound Jackson noted that his hip feels fine. The freshman two-way player was forced to leave during the first quarter of USC's win against Colorado last Saturday. The USC prospect happened to re-aggravated his hip flexor on the game's opening kickoff.
Oct 22 - 2:08 PM


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