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USC HC Clay Helton called sophomore WR Michael Pittman Jr.'s ankle injury a "significant one."

"I don’t think it’s day-to-day, I think it’s going to take a couple of weeks," Helton said. Pittman (6'4/205) suffered a high right ankle sprain in practice on Tuesday while working in a one-on-one drill against CB Jack Jones and subsequently required a cart to exit the practice field. X-rays taken after the injury revealed no structural damage, but Pittman will need some time to rest up nonetheless.
Source: Diehards
Aug 17 - 1:44 PM

USC redshirt sophomore WR Velus Jones will miss a few days of practice with a foot injury.

Jones was seen with a boot on his injured foot. The second year player is competing for snaps as a rotation receiver.
Aug 17 - 10:59 AM

USC sophomore WR Michael Pittman Jr. (ankle) is looking doubtful for the season-opener against Western Michigan.

Pittman suffered a high left ankle sprain in practice on Tuesday and subsequently needed the assistance of a cart to leave the practice field. He was unable to put any weight on the foot. While X-rays came back negative and he has not officially been ruled out for the opener, both the Los Angeles Daily News and Rivals believe that the injury could potentially keep him on the sideline come September 2. We should have a more clear idea as to his availability in the next week or so.
Aug 16 - 1:48 PM

USC sophomore WR Michael Pittman Jr. suffered a high left ankle sprain on Tuesday.

Pittman sustained the injury in a one-on-one drill against CB Jack Jones. He was unable to put pressure on his left leg while being helped off the field. In a silver lining, X-rays came back negative for a break. There is no current timetable for his return. The 6-foot-4, 205-pounder was a standout performer during the spring.
Source: Fansided
Aug 16 - 1:22 PM

USC redshirt senior WR Steven Mitchell (knee) has been a healthy participant in camp.

Mitchell tore his left ACL against Arizona in October. He was healthy enough to take reps with the team during summer workouts -- albeit while sporting a knee brace -- and is in line to potentially start if he can maintain his health through the end of August camp. He logged a 24-226-1 receiving line prior to the injury last year.
Aug 16 - 12:18 PM

USC beat writer Ryan Abraham has pegged redshirt freshman WR Tyler Vaughns as the school's breakout player this season.

USC OC Tee Martin referred to Vaughns as a "dynamic route runner," inviting comparisons to Marqise Lee in terms of agility and movement in and out of routes. The Trojans lost JuJu Smith-Schuster to the NFL. It's possible Vaughns emerges into that primary role.
Aug 16 - 10:26 AM

USC junior RB Dominic Davis has moved to cornerback.

"He wants to have an opportunity to see what he can do over there," said HC Clay Helton. Davis is a speed merchant, one who clocked the school's freshman indoor record in the 60-yard dash after joining the Trojans, cruising with a time of 6.78 seconds. He was used sparingly last season, rushing for 132 yards on 23 carries. With Davis moving into the secondary, this opens the door for further opportunities for freshman RB Stephen Carr, who is attempting to secure a backup role behind Ronald Jones in camp.
Aug 12 - 12:47 PM

USC OC Tee Martin said that freshman RB Stephen Carr "will play" during the coming season.

"Usually, with running backs, it takes a little more time than where he’s at. He is way ahead of the curve from a mental standpoint. He’s really smart. Just his football knowledge," Martin said. Carr (6'0/180) was a four-star recruit in the 2017 class and ranked as Rivals' No. 38 overall prospect for the cycle. Ronald Jones III will be working as USC's lead back for the coming season, with Carr trying to gain a depth-chart foothold behind him.
Source: Scout.com
Aug 10 - 4:55 PM

USC redshirt freshman TE Daniel Imatorbhebhe (hip) is expected to miss the next two weeks of practice.

Imatorbhebhe suffered a hip flexor in practice last Tuesday. Trojans HC Clay Helton is hoping to get him back the week before USC's season-opening showdown with Western Michigan on September 2. "We’ll get him running and changing direction," Helton said. "We just don’t wanna go back full speed with an injury that’s kind of been nagging." Fellow tight ends Tyler Petite (concussion) and Josh Falo (knee) are also currently sidelined, leaving USC incredibly thin at the position for the time being.
Source: Diehards
Aug 8 - 3:34 PM

In its newest release of Heisman odds, Bovada has USC redshirt sophomore QB Sam Darnold listed as a 4/1 favorite.

Darnold was a 9/1 favorite for Heisman glory on Bovada as of January and was then bumped up to a 4/1 favorite in February. Steady as she goes, now. Penn State RB Saquon Barkley is second with 7/1 odds (up from 12/1), followed by OU QB Baker Mayfield (15/2), Ohio State QB J.T. Barrett (8/1) and reigning Heisman winner Lamar Jackson (8/1). No wide receivers made Bovada's cut, though it wouldn't surprise us if somebody like Oklahoma State's James Washington started to see some love later in the season ala Dede Westbrook a year ago.
Aug 8 - 3:21 PM

NFL analyst Sean Salisbury said that USC redshirt sophomore QB Sam Darnold "has a chance to be the best USC has ever seen."

"He's that good," Salisbury said. Darnold has a few huge names that he will have to climb over to take the pole position in the program's storied history. Among the star quarterbacks the Trojans have churned out in recent years, Carson Palmer, Matt Leinart and (to a lesser degree) Mark Sanchez, Matt Barkley and Cody Kessler. This past season, Darnold threw for 2,881 yards with a 29/9 TD/INT ratio after taking over for an ineffective Max Browne several games into the campaign.
Aug 3 - 8:37 PM

Stanford HC David Shaw called USC redshirt sophomore QB Sam Darnold the best quarterback in the nation.

Most agree. The 6-foot-4, 225-pounder is the consensus No. 1 overall NFL draft prospect heading into the season. Shaw will get a chance to check out Darnold in person very soon, as USC hosts the Cardinal in each school's Pac-12 opener on Sept. 9.
Aug 2 - 5:54 PM

USC HC Clay Helton said that the school has no plans to include former RB O.J. Simpson in any university functions.

"Right now what the administration and the athletic department have said is, no, OJ will not be a part of our functions," Helton said at Pac-12 media days. Simpson starred with the Trojans in the mid-60's, but due to his severe legal troubles over the past two-plus decades, the university has put some distance between themselves and their former marquee student-athlete. Simpson was just granted parole after serving time on charges of armed robbery and kidnapping.
Jul 27 - 7:51 PM

USC redshirt freshman WR Tyler Vaughns admitted that he was not prepared for the rigors of a collegiate workload.

"After my first semester, going into like November, I got more comfortable, more confident in myself in terms of the field and in school," Vaughns explained, "so I was just doing better in both. That’s what I want to do really. Now I feel very comfortable." This offseason, USC OC Tee Martin referred to him as a "dynamic route runner" and one of the shiftiest wideouts the team has had since Marqise Lee's day. His place on the depth chart should come into focus over the coming weeks.
Source: Scout.com
Jul 27 - 7:35 PM

USC dismissed redshirt senior K Matt Boermeester.

"Boermeester… won’t return because of a student code of conduct issue," the football program wrote in its preseason notes. The program indefinitely suspended Boermeester in early February, reportedly because of an incident involving the placekicker’s ex-girlfriend. Boermeester hit 75-percent of his 25 field goal attempts last year, as well as all but one of his 54 point after tries. Michael Brown will now take over at kicker.
Jul 26 - 5:50 PM


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