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USC senior C Nico Falah has been a "consistent force in the middle" and "looked terrific against Utah’s talented defensive tackles [on Saturday]" writes Draft Analyst's Tony Pauline.

"He consistently opened up the middle of the field for Trojans running backs, turning the highly rated Lowell Lotulelei from the play or getting out to the second level then sealing off linebackers," Pauline wrote. "Despite being graded as a free agent by scouts, I believe he’s the most underrated center from the senior class and could end up in the middle rounds next April then develop into a starter at the next level." Falah started the final 12 games at center as a junior in 2016, and he also moonlighted at OT and on special teams. In 2017, he's turned himself into one of the West Coast's best interior linemen.
Oct 18 - 7:25 PM

USC offensive coordinator Tee Martin compares redshirt freshman WR Tyler Vaughns to Marqise Lee.

This according to ESPN's Todd McShay, who said he came away from Saturday's Utah-USC game highly impressed with Vaughns. The 6-foot-2, 185-pound second-year frosh has at least five catches in each of the past three games.
Source: ESPN
Oct 18 - 7:12 PM

USC QB Sam Darnold remains Todd McShay's No. 1 prospect in the 2018 class.

McShay states Darnold's higher interception total in 2017 versus 2016 has not shifted his evaluation because Darnold "simply makes plays when it matters." The Trojans quarterback is receiving a few of the same statements as Jameis Winston during his final season, since Winston repeatedly forced passes that weren't there which led to turnovers. Darnold (and Trojans beat writers) have questioned the playcalling at USC, basically calling it bland.
Source: ESPN
Oct 18 - 11:35 AM

USC senior DT Josh Fatu is considered day to day while in concussion protocol after his involvement in a multi-car accident.

The Trojans are getting thin at defensive tackle ahead of their game against Notre Dame, which is an issue with Josh Adams running well. Per beat writer Kyle Bonagura, Brandon Pili would likely fill in for Fatu if the starter is out.
Source: ESPN
Oct 18 - 10:51 AM

USC redshirt senior DL Kenny Bigelow will transition over to a coaching role.

Bigelow dealt with knee injuries in his past, including tearing the same ACL twice. He was expected to take over as the team's top nose tackle with the departure of Stevie Tu’ikolovatu. "His aspiration after football is to be a coach, so he’s going to mentor some young kids for us and be around this team in a different role," head coach Clay Helton said on Tuesday.
Oct 18 - 8:30 AM

USC QB Sam Darnold was voted as the top QB prospect by eight NFL evaluators polled by SI's Albert Breer.

Breer makes an interesting note that teams are seemingly giving Darnold a pass on his interceptions due to offensive line play and "trying to do too much," like Jameis Winston during his final season. The issue here is that Winston continues to show that same erratic style and a lack of accuracy. Darnold received four place votes, with Josh Rosen receiving three first place votes and Josh Allen one. Be sure to click the link for Breer's full report.
Source: SI.com
Oct 17 - 11:29 AM

USC beat writer Scott Wolf gave the Trojans coaches an "F" grade in the game against Utah.

"The playcalling process is a mess," Wolf writes. "It was just Sam Darnold repeatedly pulling rabbits out of the hat." Darnold even questioned the playcalling a few weeks ago, saying new formations and looks needed to be inserted. He then retracted that statement after a meeting with Clay Helton. USC can't climb out of early deficits forever.
Oct 17 - 10:53 AM

NFL.com draft analyst Daniel Jeremiah believes that USC senior LB Uchenna Nwosu is "generating buzz" in scouting circles.

Nwosu (6'2/240) ranks among the FBS leaders in passes defended, and his added strength has not gone unnoticed in the scouting community. "As a pass rusher, he can bend the edge and he has a nifty inside counter move," Jeremiah said. "However, even when he can't generate pressure, he makes an impact." It wouldn't a surprise if Nwosu was an early day-two pick at this point, with a chance to sneak into the first-round if this keeps up.
Source: NFL.com
Oct 16 - 9:01 PM

NFL Media's Daniel Jeremiah believes USC redshirt sophomore Sam Darnold remains the top QB prospect in college football.

Jeremiah's main takeaways included Darnold: overcoming an ugly start, success when "everything goes against him," and intangibles standing out in person. The Trojans were down 21-7 at halftime, and it is clear Darnold was the main reason the team was able to come out victorious in the end. Darnold and Josh Rosen continue to be mentioned as the top two passers in the class.
Source: NFL.com
Oct 16 - 11:00 AM

USC sophomore WR Deontay Burnett (toe) caught eight passes for 99 yards in Saturday's 28-27 win over Utah.

Burnett (6'0/178) was dealing with a toe injury which limited him during the practice week, but he looked none the worse on Saturday. The sophomore wideout led the Trojans in both receptions and receiving yardage in the narrow win. He owns a 49-626-6 receiving line on the year. While those numbers are plenty sturdy, Burnett has not surpassed 100 yards since a mid-September win over Texas. Close but not quite against the Utes.
Oct 15 - 2:57 PM

USC freshman TE Tyler Petite caught three passes for 79 yards and two scores in a 28-27 victory over Utah on Saturday.

Now that's efficient. Petite (6'6/235) certainly made the most of his three touches; finding the end zone twice against the Utah secondary. He did most of the work on his 52-yard score, and he also had a 17-yard score from Sam Darnold to make it 21-14 Utes in the middle of the third quarter. This could be a breakout game from the talented freshman.
Oct 15 - 12:06 AM

USC junior RB Ronald Jones II had 111 yards on 17 carries with a touchdown in a 28-27 victory over Utah on Saturday.

Jones (6'0/200) was the most consistent offensive weapon against the Utes, with all due respect to quarterback Sam Darnold. He was able to make the Utes miss on several big runs, and his 11-yard score ended up being the game-winner late in the fourth quarter. When Jones is healthy and has even a little bit of a hole, he's one of the most explosive backs in a conference full of them.
Oct 15 - 12:00 AM

USC redshirt sophomore QB Sam Darnold completed 27-of-50 passes for 358 yards and three touchdown passes in a 28-21 victory over Utah on Saturday.

Darnold and the Trojans really struggled against the Utah defense in the first half, scoring only seven points and Darnold turning the football over twice on fumbles. From the start of the third quarter on was a different story. He was crisper on his throws, and his accuracy and zip were a chief reason they were able to come back from a 21-7 deficit, with credit to their defense as well. Darnold and the Trojans get a marquee match-up next week with rival Notre Dame.
Oct 14 - 11:50 PM

USC junior WR Jalen Greene (concussion) returned to practice this week.

Greene (6'2/200) sustained the concussion during a pregame collision in advance of USC's upset loss to Washington State at the end of September. While he did not play against Oregon State last weekend, the junior wideout is probable to give it a go against Utah on Saturday after passing through the concussion protocol. Greene has caught six passes for 68 yards this season.
Oct 13 - 10:21 PM

USC freshman RB Stephen Carr (foot) is doubtful for Saturday's game against Utah.

Carr missed last weekend's win over Oregon State due to a foot injury. He is eyeing USC's showdown with Notre Dame in one week as a possible return date. The dynamic freshman has rushed for 309 yards (5.9 YPC) and three touchdowns in five games this season.
Oct 13 - 5:28 PM


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