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Transferring USC redshirt junior QB Max Browne will visit Pittsburgh this weekend.

We like the fit. The Panthers prefer pro-style quarterbacks and will have an opening under center next year following Nathan Peterman's graduation. Browne was the nation's No. 1 pro-style passer in 2013, per the 247Sports Composite rankings. Last week, Browne announced that he won't stay with the Trojans through their bowl game. Instead, he's turned his attention to the transfer process, which became inevitable after he lost his job to Sam Darnold after three games. A graduate transfer, Browne is eligible to play immediately wherever he winds up.
Source: ESPN
Dec 8 - 9:09 PM

If Lane Kiffin moves on to Houston, there is a "slim to no chance" former USC and Washington head coach Steve Sarkisian is Alabama's next offensive coordinator, according to Mattie-Lou Chandler.

Chandler seems more confident that Sark could be involved in the LSU offensive coordinator search. Sarkisian was hired as an offensive assistant under Nick Saban in September, and Kiffin previously said he would "definitely" hire the fired USC coach if he were ever in a position to do so.
Dec 8 - 12:24 PM

USC junior CB/WR Adoree Jackson has "home run hitting speed, comes with rare athleticism and is a developing cornerback who shuts down opponents," writes TFY Draft Insider's Tony Pauline.

Jackson is coming off one heck of a weekend, logging three touchdowns against Notre Dame; a 55-yard punt return, a 52-yard touchdown catch and a 97-yard kick return. In addition, he broke up a few passes on defense. "Jackson often takes a backseat to Jabrill Peppers and many, including myself, feel its unjustified. ... I stamped him with a first round grade prior to the season and feel Jackson has only improved his game in 2016," Pauline wrote.
Dec 2 - 3:00 PM

USC junior WR JuJu Smith-Schuster is "leaning heavily" toward signing with Roc Nation for representation, according to Neil Stratton of Inside The League..

This means Smith-Schuster is expected to declare for the 2017 NFL Draft, which was expected all along. Smith-Schuster is widely viewed as one of the top receivers in the country and likely thrives in the yards after catch area of the game. His production dropped significantly, by almost half, in 2016 compared to his sophomore season. Smith-Schuster dealt with a back injury this season, which included x-rays.
Dec 2 - 10:59 AM

USC redshirt junior QB Max Browne has left the program.

Browne is going to begin looking at transfer options and will not compete in USC's yet-to-be-determined bowl contest. He infamously opened the season as the Trojans' starter, but proved terribly ineffective in his three starts. HC Clay Helton and crew then switched to redshirt freshman Sam Darnold, who has led USC on a monumental second-half run. The Trojans are currently rolling on an eight-game winning streak, erasing the bitter taste of that 1-3 start. As a graduate transfer, Browne will be eligible to play next year regardless of which school he ultimately lands at.
Dec 1 - 6:46 PM

USC sophomore DL Noah Jefferson plans to transfer.

Jefferson was not a fixture of the team's defensive line this season despite high expectations. He injured his shoulder in the season opener and never saw the field again, and even returned home to rehab the injury. Jefferson cited personal reasons for his departure.
Source: Scout.com
Nov 30 - 11:05 AM

USC sophomore RB Ronald Jones II rushed for 134 yards and a touchdown on 16 carries in Saturday's 45-27 win over Notre Dame.

Jones is one of the hottest backs in the country right now. He's reached paydirt in six straight and rushed for more than 120 yards in four of five (93 against Washington in the other). Jones surpassed 1,000 rushing yards for the first time in his career this afternoon.
Nov 26 - 7:38 PM

USC quarterbacks coach Tyson Helton indicated that the team opened up the offensive playbook to take advantage of redshirt freshman QB Sam Darnold's talents.

That the playbook was scaled back for the ostensibly more experienced Max Browne and then later expanded for redshirt freshman gunslinger Darnold speaks volumes about the latter's maturity and preparation. "Sam’s as good as I’ve been around at making plays. We try to move him out of the pocket more because of his excellent vision downfield," Helton said, adding that "[t]he only thing that surprises me is how much of our offensive package he can handle at his age. Any time something goes wrong, he’s able to counter back." Darnold has thrown for 2,428 yards with a 24/8 TD/INT ratio this season, with 22 of those touchdowns coming in just eight games starting. And really, seven games, as he did not throw for a touchdown in his starting debut against Utah on September 23. USC's 1-3 start has essentially knocked them out of Playoff contention, but they still have a shot at the Pac-12 South with a win vs. Notre Dame and a Colorado loss to Utah.
Nov 22 - 7:04 PM

USC redshirt freshman QB Sam Darnold completed 25-of-36 passes for 267 yards, two touchdowns and two interceptions in Saturday's 36-14 win over UCLA.

Darnold has been a revelation since taking over as quarterbacking starter for the ineffective Max Browne, but he has taken his share of redshirt freshman lumps over the past few weeks. Or as HC Clay Helton termed his effort at halftime, Darnold has been "hot and cold." Six of his eight interceptions have come over the last four games. He has been picked off twice in each of his last two games. Some of this is probably due to the fact that teams have started to accrue enough film to make some more significant defensive adjustments against the youngster, while part of it might simply be the opponents he has faced of late. Both Washington and UCLA offer up strong defensive units on the whole. Overall, Darnold has thrown for 2,428 yards (68.3% completions) with a 24/8 TD/INT ratio.
Nov 20 - 12:05 PM

USC sophomore RB Ronald Jones II rushed for 121 yards and two touchdowns on 18 carries in Saturday's 36-14 win over UCLA.

Jones has been the temperature of molten lava over his last four games, rushing for 608 yards in that space. Against the Bruins on Saturday night, the 6-foot, 185-pound sophomore found the end zone from one yard out in the first quarter, then found it again from considerably further out in the second. On the latter touchdown run, Jones scooted to the right, found his hole and then exploded into a dead sprint to the end zone. An intrepid UCLA corner almost caught him at the end of the run, but Jones just proved too fast. He averaged 6.7 YPC in the victory. After an exceedingly slow start to the season -- Jones did not record his first 100-yard rushing game until October 27 -- he is now up to 893 yards and 10 touchdowns. The Trojans (winners of seven consecutive contests) will square off with Notre Dame in the regular-season finale next Saturday.
Nov 20 - 11:56 AM

TFY Draft Insider's Tony Pauline noted that USC senior WR Darreus Rogers could be sneaking into the late-round conversation.

Pauline viewed Rogers as a street free agent entering the 2016 season, but the 6-foot-1, 215-pound wideout has impressed as a reliable Trojans weapon through 10 games. To date, he has posted a 44-571-3 receiving line. Pauline believes that his "computer numbers" (such as his size and speed, around 4.50 on the 40-yard dash) coupled with on-field improvements could lead a team to select him on Day 3.
Nov 18 - 2:31 PM

Duke four-star 2017 verbal QB commit Jack Sears flipped his commitment to USC.

This was a initially a gem of a commitment for Duke, but alas, the dream is over. Of note with Sears' decision to flip over to the Trojans, current USC signal-caller Sam Darnold actually went to San Clemente High, too. There is no way to know how much Darnold might have been poking and prodding here. During the spring, San Clemente coach Jaime Ortiz offered that the 6-foot-3, 195-pound Sears has a slight edge on Darnold when it comes to running and overall football intelligence. 247Sports' Barton Simmons sees Sears as having NFL-caliber arm talent.
Source: 247Sports
Nov 15 - 1:48 PM

USC redshirt freshman QB Sam Darnold completed 23-of-33 passes for 287 yards, two touchdowns and two interceptions in Saturday's 26-13 upset over Washington.

This wasn't Darnold's flashiest game of the season -- he threw for five touchdowns against both Arizona and Cal -- but in a huge primetime spot, on national television, the redshirt freshman more than held his own. After the two squads traded field goals in the first quarter, Darnold hooked up with Darreus Rogers for a 13-yard touchdown with several minutes gone by in the second quarter to take a 10-3 lead. The Trojans would never trail again. In seven games since taking over as starter for Max Browne, Darnold has pitched a 20/5 TD/INT ratio. He is 6-1 as a starter. Not a coincidence that USC will take a six-game winning streak into next weekend's tilt against UCLA, with the regular-season finale against Notre Dame set to follow during the Thanksgiving weekend.
Nov 13 - 12:09 AM

USC junior WR JuJu Smith-Schuster (back) is expected to be able to play against Washington on Saturday.

Smith-Schuster's back has been acting up on him on and off since the middle of October. He has not yet missed a game, though, and should be able to play on Saturday. The 6-foot-2, 215-pounder is working to a 48-641-8 receiving line through nine games.
Nov 11 - 8:10 PM

USC senior RB Justin Davis (ankle) is expected to play against Washington on Saturday.

A high ankle sprain has kept Davis sidelined since October 8. He was able to participate in practice this week, though, and looks like he should be good to go for Saturday's tough match-up with the Huskies. Ronald Jones has been running fantastically in Davis' absence, so it isn't quite clear yet how carries might be divvied out, here.
Nov 11 - 8:06 PM


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