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USC RB coach Johnny Nansen compares USC redshirt junior RB Javorius "Buck" Allen to Tennesse Titans second-round pick Bishop Sankey, according to the Los Angeles Times.

"There is no doubt in my mind that Buck is right there with Bishop at this point," said Nansen, who coached Bishop Sankey at Washington. At the halfway point last season, Sankey --who was selected in the second round of the 2014 NFL draft by the Tennessee Titans-- rushed for 899 yards and nine touchdowns on 159 carries while hauling in 14 passes for 134 yards and a touchdown for Washington. The 6-foot-1, 220-pound Allen has rushed for 781 yards and seven touchdowns on 135 carries with 23 receptions for 278 yards and a touchdown.
Oct 16 - 2:49 PM

USC redshirt junior RB Javorius "Buck" Allen made his debut on Mel Kiper's rankings of draft-eligible running backs at No. 6.

He checks in one spot behind Miami's Duke Johnson, and one spot ahead of South Carolina's Mike Davis. Earlier this week, NFL.com's Charles Davis wrote that Allen is excelling in Bishop Sankey's old role in Steve Sarkisian's offense. Allen has rushed for 781 yards on 135 carries this year.
Oct 15 - 5:15 PM

USC junior DL Leonard Williams is the new No. 1 prospect on Todd McShay's board.

"Williams moves up to the No. 1 spot in this week's rankings, as we've had more of an opportunity to watch his performance," McShay writes. We all know Williams is an outstanding talent and even made an impact despite a fairly serious leg injury. McShay believes Williams's best projection is as a 5-technique end while seeing some time inside at 3-technique. In layman's terms, this is a similar role to JJ Watt. We aren;t saying he is of an equal talent, but expect teams to select him accordingly. Marcus Mariota dropped one spot to No. 2.
Source: ESPN
Oct 15 - 2:34 PM

USC junior C Max Tuerk's errant shotgun snaps against Arizona "frequently forced [QB Cody] Kessler to jump to corral them, throwing off the tempo for the entire team," wrote CBS Sports' Rob Rang.

Rang listed Tuerk as one of this week's draft fallers. "Tuerk fired off several inaccurate snaps to Kessler, one of which resulted in a fumble (USC recovered)," Rang wrote. "To be fair, it is worth noting that the 6-foot-6, 285 pound Tuerk has only made the transition to center this season for the Trojans and the crowd in Tucson was very loud." In July, ESPN's Mel Kiper ranked Tuerk as the top underclassmen offensive guard prospect. We don't buy into the idea that poor snaps will cost Tuerk in the end. After all, he's capable of handling all five OL spots. As Kiper mentioned, he looks like an NFL guard.
Source: CBS Sports
Oct 14 - 9:50 PM

NFL.com's Charles Davis believes USC redshirt junior RB Javorius "Buck" Allen has been impressive in the Bishop Sankey role in Steve Sarkisian's offense.

The Trojans' fortunes turned last year when they canned Lane Kiffin and promoted Ed Orgeron. Perhaps the latter's best move was making Allen the featured runner. Allen rushed 26 times for 205 yards and three touchdowns in Saturday's win against Arizona on Saturday. He has 781 yards on 135 carries this year after finishing last year's campaign with 785 yards on 135 attempts.
Source: NFL.com
Oct 14 - 6:31 PM

USC redshirt junior QB Cody Kessler completed 20-of-30 passes for 185 and one touchdown and one interception in a 28-26 win over Arizona on Saturday.

This was the first time he'd been picked off all season, and only the eighth time in his career that Kessler has thrown the ball to the other team. Rotoworld's Josh Norris ranks Kessler as the No. 6 quarterback in the 2015 class, one spot behind Everett Golson, and one slot ahead of Bryce Petty. We see a steady career NFL backup. "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.
Source: Rotoworld
Oct 13 - 11:39 PM

USC junior WR Nelson Agholor had seven catches for 81 yards and a touchdown in Saturday's win over Arizona.

Agholor has yet to crack the century mark in receiving yards this season, but he's got a chance to exceed last year's numbers anyway if he stays healthy. The 6-foot, 185-pound Agholor has 42 receptions for 405 yards and four scores through six games. "Agholor is going to be a polarizing prospect," CBS Sports' Dane Brugler tweeted last month. "God-given athleticism, body control but shaky ball skills."
Oct 13 - 10:55 PM

USC redshirt junior RB Javorius "Buck" Allen rushed 26 times for 205 yards and three touchdowns in a 28-26 win against Arizona State on Saturday.

Allen has rushed for 115 yards or more in every game except the Trojans' upset loss to Boston College. Eerily, Allen has 781 yards on 135 carries this year after finish last year's campaign with 785 yards on 135 attempts. His receiving yards are also almost identical: 23 catches for 278 yards this year, and 22 receptions for 252 yards last season. The 6-foot, 215-pounder runs a 4.54 forty.
Oct 13 - 10:41 PM

Former USC redshirt junior WR Victor Blackwell was arrested Wednesday on suspicion of domestic violence.

The alleged victim, who says she is Blackwell's girlfriend, claims Blackwell punched her numerous times in the face, threw a chair at her and smashed her computer and cell phone. Blackwell was removed from the school's football roster on Monday and has been away from the team since September.
Source: LA Times
Oct 11 - 11:09 AM

The OCRegister.com is reporting that USC sophmore WR Darreus Rogers approached practice this week with "heightened concentration," after dropping two big passes in USC's 38-34 loss to Arizona State.

The sure-handed USC prospect dropped a pass on third-and-5 that would have kept the Trojans’ first drive going. In the second quarter, Rogers's second drop happened when he was wide open and dropped a sure TD throw from Kessler.
Oct 10 - 3:32 PM

USC redshirt junior WR Victor Blackwell is no longer on the school's roster.

Blackwell had been absent from the team after reportedly being dissatisfied with his role. The receiver caught three passes in the season opener and has not played in the last three contests. He could resurface on a different school's roster next year.
Oct 9 - 1:43 PM

The Orange County Register reports that it's "more than likely" that USC redshirt junior RB Tre Madden and senior LB Lamar Dawson won't play again this season.

A final decision will be made within the next seven days. Dawson, who hasn't played this year, underwent knee surgery last season and is leaning toward redshirting. "If you held a gun to my head today, I would imagine that Lamar would redshirt and we would have him available for spring practice and ready for the fall," USC coach Steve Sarkisian said. Madden suffered a turf-toe injury in summer camp. The Trojans thought they were close to getting him back last week but then the junior suffered another setback. "Obviously, he is really frustrated," Sarkisian said. "We were all excited to see Tre play and thought he was poised for a really good season. He had a great spring practice, a really good training camp, and, boom, you get turf toe." If Madden doesn't play this year, he could conceivably apply for a waiver that would allow him to retain two seasons of eligibility.
Oct 8 - 8:58 PM

USC junior TE Randall Telfer (hip) left practice early on Wednesday.

Before he exited, Telfer remained limited. On Tuesday, he only went through walk-throughs. The tight end suffered a hip pointer against Arizona State. At this point, it seems unlikely that Telfer will be able to play against No. 10 Arizona on Saturday, but the Trojans likely won't make an announcement about his status until later this week.
Oct 8 - 6:44 PM

Los Angeles Daily News' Scott Wolf reports that USC HC Steve Sarkisian said redshirt senior DB Josh Shaw's status "rests with USC higher ups."

The 6-foot-1, 200-pound Shaw admitted to fabricating a story about hurting his ankles while saving his nephew from drowning, and he has been suspended indefinitely. Even though Shaw's draft stock took a hit, scouts still see him as a hybrid defensive back that could find a place on an NFL roster.
Oct 8 - 3:14 PM

USC junior WR Nelson Agholor had nine catches for 85 yards in Saturday's 38-34 loss to Arizona State.

Agholor also supplied fireworks on special teams, sprinting to a 53-yard punt return touchdown in the first quarter to kick off the game's scoring. The 6-foot, 185-pound Agholor has 35 receptions for 324 yards and three touchdowns through five games. "Agholor is going to be a polarizing prospect," CBS Sports' Dane Brugler tweeted last month. "God-given athleticism, body control but shaky ball skills."
Oct 6 - 8:31 PM


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