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Ohio State 10 24.39%
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 05-17-2007, 11:27 AM         #41
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May 11, 2007

Charley Ane, who was one of USC's first outstanding football players from Hawaii, died on Wednesday (May 9) in Honolulu of pneumonia following a long illness. He was 76.

A funeral service is set for May 28 at the Punahou School chapel.

Ane, who was represented by several of his children when he was inducted into the USC Athletic Hall of Fame at ceremonies last Saturday (May 5), lettered for the Trojans in 1951 and 1952 as a two-way tackle and blocking back. He also pitched for the 1951 USC baseball team.

He came to USC out of Honolulu's Punahou High via Compton College, where he was a junior college All-American tackle.

After helping the Trojans to a 10-1 record in the 1952 football season, including a victory over Wisconsin in the 1953 Rose Bowl, he was drafted in the second round by the Detroit Lions. During his seven-year (1953-59) NFL career, he was an All-Pro center/tackle and a member of the Lions' 1953 and 1957 NFL champs. He was their team captain in 1958 and 1959.

After his playing days, he went back to Hawaii to coach high school football, at Damien, Punahou, Radford, Kaimuki and St. Anthony.

His son, Kale, also played in college and the NFL, making them the first Hawaii father-son duo to do so. Kale played for his father at Punahou, then Charley served as his son's a.ssistant when Kale became Punahou's head coach.

Besides the USC Athletic Hall of Fame, Ane is a member of the Punahou, Detroit Lions, Samoan and Hawaii Sports Halls of Fame.

He is survived by his wife, Marilyn, plus sons Kale and Neal, daughter Malia, seven grandchildren and brothers David and Danny

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 05-17-2007, 11:30 AM         #42
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May 8, 2007

LOS ANGELES - The USC basketball program has received signed National Letters of Intent from forward Mamadou Diarra and guard Angelo Johnson from Stoneridge Prep in Simi Valley, Calif., Trojans' head coach Tim Floyd announced today (May 8).

"Mamadou has unlimited potential," said Floyd. "He has the ability to shoot from the perimeter and post-up, which is rare for a 6-11 guy. We always like big guys who can run and we didn't see another big guy in the country with his ability to run and jump. Our league is getting bigger and bigger. His size gives us a better opportunity to match up with the size we are seeing in the conference.

"Also, we are really excited to have Angelo Johnson as part of our program." continued Floyd. "Since I first got here I've talked about playing multiple point guards and Angelo is a pure point guard which gives us that opportunity. His quickness and decision making will really help us. We struggled at times staying between smaller point guards and the basket. He has the ability to do that."

Diarra, a 6-11, 235-pound forward, averaged 8.1 points and 6.4 rebounds last season for Stoneridge, after leading them in scoring in 2005-06 with an 11.1 average, and was rated the No. 65 prospect in the country by Diarra was also listed as the No. 15 power forward and No. 3 prospect from California by He was rated as the No. 40 prospect on CNN/SI's rankings of 2007 recruits and was ranked the No. 7 prospect among fifth-year players by Diarra was born in Bamako, Mali.

"Mamadou was the best all-around big man in the country this year from a prep school," said Stoneridge head coach Babacar Sy. "He was recruited by every major school in the nation. His size and athleticism will be a great a.sset for the Trojans. His potential is unlimited and he is thrilled to continue his development under coach Floyd."

Johnson, a lightning-quick 5-10, 180-pound point guard, led Stoneridge in scoring (13.7) and a.ssists (4.1) during the 2006-07 season. During the 2005-06 season, Johnson prepped at Marietta Convent Christian in Georgia and averaged 19.2 points and 6.3 a.ssists per game for one of the country's elite prep school teams. He was ranked the No. 9 prospect among fifth-year players by Johnson was born in Minneapolis, Minn.

"Angelo was our floor general and a great team leader," added Sy. "He is a true point guard who makes everone around him better. There is no quicker point guard in the country than Angelo. USC fans will love watching him play."

Diarra and Johnson join USC's 2007 recruiting class of O.J. Mayo, DaVon Jefferson, Leonard Washington and Marcus Simmons, already ranked as the No. 2 recruiting class by and by

"Angelo is a tough, hard-nosed competitor," said recruiting expert Clark Francis. "He has the ability to get to the basket. He has a strong upper body and knows how to play. He is a winner and is really the pure point guard USC has been looking for. Angelo is a great catch for USC. He has a great understanding of the game and knows how to run a team.

"Mamadou has great natural instincts to get to the basket and score. In big game situations, I've really seen him come through and be a dominating player. He has pro potential. It may take him a little time to develop, but he could be a guy who takes a quantum leap within a year or two."

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 05-17-2007, 11:32 AM         #43
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May 7, 2007

USC will host the 2007 LA Stars All-Star and Celebrity Game at the Galen Center on Aug. 5 at 5 p.m. with tickets going on sale today (May 7), announced Baron Davis of the Golden State Warriors, Paul Pierce of the Boston Celtics and Gilbert Arenas of the Washington Wizards.

The NBA-sanctioned basketball game will feature many of the NBA's elite. Last year's competitors included Davis, Pierce, Shawn Marion, Jason Richardson, Antoine Walker, Lamar Odom, Jerry Stackhouse, Stephon Marbury, Quentin Richardson, Darius Miles, Cuttino Mobley, Emeka Okafor, Dijon Thompson, Al Harrington, Josh Howard, Mike Bibby, J.R. Smith, Sam Cassell and many more.

In addition to the NBA stars competing in the game at the Galen Center, there will be a host of celebrities featuring Hollywood and NFL stars with basketball dreams. Last year's attendees included Usher, Brandy, Snoop Dogg, Nick Cannon, Reggie Bush, Terrell Owens, Shar Jackson, Nikki Deloach, Wesley Jonathan, Tichina Arnold, David Banner and Angie Stone among many others.

Proceeds from the LA Stars All-Star and Celebrity Game will go directly to LA Stars, a charitable events group operated by NBA All-Stars Davis, Pierce and Arenas to raise funds to improve the lifestyles, communities and opportunities for L.A. based youth and their families.

Tickets can be purchased through the USC Galen Center Box Office at (213) 821-4253 or online at Tickets for the event are also available through Ticketmaster by phone at (213) 480-3232 and (714) 740-2000 or online at

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 05-17-2007, 11:33 AM         #44
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May 16, 2007

Box Score

LOS ANGELES - Freshman catcher Robert Stock (Westlake Village/Agoura HS) went 2-for-4 with a home run and three RBI Wednesday as the USC Trojans beat the UC Santa Barbara Gauchos, 7-5, in a nonconference game at Dedeaux Field. The Trojans (26-23), who possess the toughest schedule in the nation according to Boyd's World, have now won five of their last six games.

Senior closer Paul Koss (Orange/Orange Lutheran HS) notched his nation-leading 16th save of the season for USC while starter Anthony Vasquez (3-6) threw six innings, allowing three runs on seven hits.

Matt Cusick and J.J. Owen had two RBI each for the Trojans. Chris Fox led the Gauchos (21-26) with a 4-for-5 night while Patrick Rose went 3-for-5.

Freshman All-America candidate Grant Green (Anaheim Hills/Canyon HS) went 2-for-4, including his 10th triple of the season. He is now tied with Utah's Corey Shimada for most triples in the nation.

Stock put the Trojans ahead in the second on a two-run double down the first base line and later scored from third on Cusick's sacrifice fly for a 3-0 Trojans' lead. The Gauchos got two runs back in the third with two outs. Fox, Rose and Robbie Blauer used consecutive singles to produce the first run and Steve Domecus was later hit with a 1-2 pitch by Vasquez with the bases loaded.

Owen hit a two-run double in the third for a 5-2 lead before both teams traded a run in the fourth inning. USC led 7-4 in the ninth before UCSB scored a run on Blauer's sacrifice fly. Mike Zuanich hit a ground ball back to the mound, but Koss' throw to second was wide of the bag as the Gauchos were able to put runners at the corners with one out. Koss responded by striking out pinch hitter Cody Dee and Chris McMurray to earn the save.

USC travels to California for a key Pac-10 Conference series, Saturday through Monday (May 19-21). Both teams are tied for fifth place, along with Oregon State, with an 8-10 record. All three games begin at 1 p.m. and will be broadcast live on

UCSB 002-100-101---5-12-0
USC 032-100-01x---7-10-2
WP - Vasquez (3-6) LP - Fleming (1-3) S - Koss (16)
T - 3:02 ATT - 256
Records: UCSB (21-26), USC (26-23)
Fleming, Brown (4), Aspegren (7), Wade (8) and McMurray.
Vasquez, Rabago (7), Koss (9) and Stock.

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 05-17-2007, 11:45 AM         #45
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New Guys by the Numbers
New faces in familiar numbers: RoJo getting DJ's #8 is the most notable. Kalil's #67 is now freshman DE Michael Reardon. (Sophmore C.J. Gable and safety Taylor Mays have already switched to Steve Smith's #2.)

#4 - Joe McKnight, RB
#6 - Malcolm Smith, LB
#8 - Ronald Johnson, WR/CB
#15 - Aaron Corp, QB
#26 - Marc Tyler, RB
#27 - Marshall Jones, S
#29 - Broderick Green, RB
#37 - Jordan Campbell, FB
#40 - Rhett Ellison, TE
#44 - Christian Tupou, DT
#54 - Chris Galippo, LB
#61 - Kristofer O'Dowd, C
#67 - Michael Reardon, DE
#72 - Martin Coleman, OL
#80 - Brandon Carswell, WR
#82 - Damian Williams, WR
#92 - Trey Henderson, DE
#93 - Everson Griffen, DE
#98 - Da'John Harris, DT
Joe McKnight (#4) and Marc Tyler (#26) will dawn the same numbers they ran wild with in high school.



USC, NY Giants WR Smith Signs Autographs 5/17
As released today by PR Newswire, more than 30 of the top NFL draft picks will soon convene upon the city of Angels as part of the four day "Reebok NFL Rookie Premiere" presented by EA Sports. The event is part trading card photo-shoot, part meet the press and will be filmed for later release on the NFL network. Although both Dwayne Jarrett (USC/Carolina Panthers) and Steve Smith (USC/NY Giants) will be attending the main event, Smith will be making a special appearance to the general public on opening night.

Thursday, May 17, 5:00 pm - 6:15 pm: Steve Smith (USC/New York Giants - WR) will sign autographs and interact with fans at Beverly Hills Baseball Card Shop, 1137 South Robertson, btw. Olympic and Pico, Los Angeles.
Will Steve Smith sign your forehead? Or will security escort you away in cuffs? There is only one way to find out. Dare to dream, Trojan fans.

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 06-26-2007, 02:21 PM         #46
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USC's Young overcame academic troubles, death of brother
By Beth Harris
Associated Press

LOS ANGELES - By all rights, Nick Young wasn't supposed to be a college basketball star.

He flunked out of two high schools. His oldest brother died in a drive-by shooting.

Now, the Southern California player is set to be chosen in the NBA draft on Thursday and earn millions of dollars.

His struggle is portrayed in Second Chance Season. The documentary debuted last week at the Los Angeles Film Festival.

"Every now and then, a kind of special story picks me," said Daniel H. Forer, the director and co-producer. "It was an absolutely remarkable journey"

Forer discovered Young, one of the city's most heralded prep stars, in 2003 while working on a cable pilot about basketball. Intrigued by his background, Forer followed Young's multiple appeals with the Los Angeles Unified School District to get back into high school. Days before his senior year was to begin, Young was admitted to Cleveland High in suburban Reseda.

"I'm not the smartest person, but sit down and work with me," Young says on camera. "I know what to do."

The film follows Young's attempts to scope at least an 800 on the SAT exam to earn a basketball scholarship to USC, a private school with hefty tuition.

On each of three tries, he gets special tutoring and extra time on the test. The camera zooms in as if repeatedly opens the score results.

"It started off pretty cool, but some days it got kind of overwhelming," Young said in an interview about the film. "It was hard."

In between Young's academic lows, he leads Cleveland High against rival Taft and Joseph Farmar, a close friend whom Young saw get more acclaim and be drafted by the Los Angeles Lakers.

At home, the Young family's emotions careen between joy at Nick's basketball prowess and persistent anger about the death of oldest son Charles Jr. There is also worry about another son whose emotional problems land him in a group home, and concern about Nick's low test scores.

Forer's cameras capture the family's life in their modest three-bedroom apartment and the mounting pressure on Nick to succeed.

"It's just right on," Charles Sr. said about the film. "It helped my son and my family get through some hard times. We've gotten used to the idea that my son is dead and isn't coming back. We have to push the kids we have now in their careers."

Especially Nick.

Young is projected as a top-20 pick in the draft, with some experts considering him as the second-best shooting guard behind Corey Brewer of Florida. First-round picks recieve guaranteed contracts.

"Maybe he'll be a high draft choice and make alot of money, then I can retire," said Charles Sr., who has supported his family by driving moving vans and hauling othes people's stuff for 29 years.

"I'm getting nervous," Nick said. "Everybody keeps saying it's a big draft and you don't know where you're going to end up"

In 1991, when Nick was 5, Charles Jr. was k!lled in a park shooting witnessed by his pregnant fiancee, who recalls the horrific scene in the movie.

Fans familiar with Nick's outgoing persona see another side of him in the film. He cries and laments never getting the chance to say goodbye. He says that before every game he talks to the brother if idolized.

The shooter, identified as Marcus in the movie, was convicted and did seven years in jail. Forer located Marcus, who talks about the murder if committed at the age of 15. After prison, Marcus left gang life and now works as a recruiter for law firms.

Forer hopes to land a distribution deal for the 94-minute movie with a major studio or cable TV network. Charles Young Sr. hopes the film sends the message that tragedy shouldn't keep people down forever.

"You can note on and accomplish your own goals," he said. "This has been a dream of Nick's since he was a kid. Everybody should have a dream. If you ain't got a dream, you ain't living."

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 9 years ago '05        #47
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the basketball season

Nov. 15 Thursday at The Citadel Charleston, S.C. (McAlister Field Houste) TBA

i'm definately going to go see that why ya'll wack the home military team =[
 08-07-2007, 03:08 PM         #48
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August 4, 2007

Gerard Martinez Senior Analyst

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Talk about it in The Peristyle
Norcross (Ga.) four-star wide receiver Brice Butler didn't set out to fool anyone, but with news cameras and reporters crowded before him at Saturday's press conference, a.ssumptions preceded his announcement.

Butler becomes a Trojan
With expectations built in the heart of the Southeast, Butler dropped a bomb on college football fans throughout the region.

"I've decided to attend the University of Southern California," said Butler as he pulled out a USC hat from underneath a Florida State hat.

Many college football fans following Butler's recruitment a.ssumed he would follow in the footsteps of his father. Bobby Butler was a first-round pick out of Florida State in the 1981 NFL Draft. With family ties leading Brice to unofficially visit Tallahassee twice this offseason, the lock was set and the key was lost.

In the immortal words of ESPN College GameDay Analyst and former Seminole head football coach Lee Corso, "not so fast my friend". After taking a three-day unofficial visit to USC in April, Butler played host to Todd McNair and Pete Carroll in Norcross.

"I first committed to USC in May during spring football," said Butler. "T-Mac and coach Carroll both came out to see me play. That's when I let coach Carroll know that I was coming to USC.

"He couldn't say much then, but we spoke on the phone later that day. They were just really excited about having me on board. All we talked about was setting it off for the 2008, 2009 season and winning another national championship."

After today's announcement, Butler officially became commitment No. 13 for USC, maintaining the Trojans' four-star average in the 2008 recruiting rankings. With winning a key factor in his decision, Butler didn't struggle with Saturday's decision the way many college football fans thought he would.

"It wasn't really that hard of a decision," he explained. "When I went out to USC, I just felt like I fit in. It was one of those things that just clicked. The team, the coaches...everything.

"I took a lot of visits to a lot of other colleges, and I'd come away thinking, 'this is a nice place, but I don't think this is where I want to be'. USC is where I want to be."

Ranked the No. 6 best prospect in Georgia by, Butler caught 35 passes for 680 yards and nine touchdowns in 2006.

After receiving more than 30 scholarship offers, he selected USC over Florida State, Notre Dame, LSU, Arizona State, Florida, Penn State, Oregon, Oregon State and Georgia.

Stay tuned to for more from Brice Butler's commitment, including video from today's ceremony and an exclusive in-depth interview about his decision.
 08-07-2007, 03:09 PM         #49
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August 7, 2007

Jonathan Kay Staff Writer

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The hardest period for Stanley Havili came with the first game he couldn't play.

Havili should be a weapon at fullback
"I was watching it at one of my boy's house, sitting on the couch, meaningless talking," Havili said of USC's victory at Washington State on Sept. 30, 2006. "I was down."

The freshman fullback from Salt Lake City had fallen into the starting role after injuries to Brandon Hancock and Ryan Powdrell. But after catching four balls for 24 yards in the Trojans' third game, at Arizona, Havili broke his left fibula and was done for the season.

During the first day of fall practice on Monday, a healthy Havili provided glimpses of what he can add to the Trojans' offense as a redshirt freshman in 2007.

Fans probably noticed his long reception from Mark Sanchez, or his one-handed grab on a short crossing route from John David b00ty. But sophomore running back Allen Bradford, one of 10 competitors for time at tailback, appreciated his workout partner's role in a 9-on-7 drill, when Havili turned to Bradford and said, "Follow me."

Bradford took the handoff, Havili cleared the path, and Bradford hit the resulting hole for one of the day's longest runs.

"(Havili) makes you feel more secure," Bradford said, after USC's season of uncertainty at fullback. "He's going to play a big role in the offense this year, so when he says, 'Follow me,' you follow him.

"He's got a lot to prove, but everyone knows he's going to have a good season. I ain't worried about Stanley."

For a time, Stanley was worried about Stanley, lamenting his injury from the couch.

"Going to class, coming home, sleeping," Havili said. "Waking up, eating, sleeping."

The fullback never showed this despair to teammates according to Bradford. Instead, he found another way to contribute.

Stanley Havili
When Bradford became an unwilling participant in last season's Let's-Find-a-Fullback sweepstakes, Havili provided the necessary boost.

"He was like, 'Man, if I could have my leg, I would play,'" Bradford recalled. "That made me say, 'All right, I'm gonna move to fullback, just for the team.'"

Havili, listed at 6-foot-1, 225 pounds, put on weight during the down time but said his body, and leg, have felt better since the first few weeks of winter workouts.

"He's a well-rounded dude," running backs coach Todd McNair said of a player who gained more than 1,000 yards both rushing and receiving his senior year at Cottonwood High. "You can do a lot with Stanley. His role will continue to expand in our offense."

With Havili's receiving ability a more known commodity – he lined up out wide for several plays on Monday – the fullback wants to show that he is not too small to blaze a trail for the Trojans' many tailbacks.

"I'll put my head into a linebacker if I have to," he said. "I'm not scared to hit."

Yet, for now, his priority is simple.

"I want to get on the field," Havili said. "Hopefully I'll make it through camp and be there the first game.

"When we get to the first game, I'll let you know what my goals are."

Stay tuned to for more updates from fall camp.
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Trojans tailback Emmanuel Moody decides to transfer

LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Emmanuel Moody, the second-leading rusher for Southern California last season as a freshman who is caught in a glut of highly regarded tailbacks, has decided to transfer.

"We've talked about it for a couple days. It was not a snap decision," Trojans coach Pete Carroll said after practice Thursday. "He's of the mind that he needs to move on. He's looking for an opportunity where he can be a featured guy.

"I feel bad he's been banged up and not looked his best lately in camp. He did well for us last year, and the first part of camp before getting hurt."

Moody, a 6-foot-1, 205-pound sophomore from Texas, gained 458 yards on 79 carries last season before missing the final four games because of a sprained ankle. He entered camp as one of 10 players competing for playing time at tailback.

"This will make the opportunities better for the kids still here," Carroll said. "Guys come here and know they'll play. If they lose that feeling, they're not going to fit. (Moody) didn't leave here disgruntled -- he's a great kid. He just thought he'd get a chance somewhere where the competition is different. He was at peace with his decision and said he had no regrets.

"It's tough here," Carroll said. "It's as challenging as it can get. That's the central theme of our program -- competition. This place isn't for everyone. Guys can have a change of heart."

Moody bruised his knee in a scrimmage Sunday night at the Los Angeles Coliseum, and didn't practice after that.

"He had had a tremendous fall camp until he got banged up," Carroll said. "I'm not surprised if someone wants to leave. But we're not as right (at tailback) as it seems. We're not practicing with 10 guys because some guys have been banged up. And we're losing four guys off this depth chart next season.

Carroll referred to Moody along with seniors Chauncey Washington, Hershel Dennis and Desmond Reed. Dennis isn't practicing because of knee soreness, and it doesn't appear freshman Marc Tyler, who broke his leg as a high school senior last season, will be ready to play any time soon.
i dont blame him, theyre deep at RB
 08-23-2007, 06:33 PM         #51
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Damn Rakim....I just logged back on today and thought damn I know the trojans thread prolly still weak as hell.....

I was wrong....

 08-23-2007, 06:40 PM         #52
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Oh shiit I just realized this is MY thread and not hooligun's....

thanks to whoever moved it here....
 08-24-2007, 01:30 AM         #53
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Stafon Johnson Runs For 2 TDs In USC Football Scrimmage

He helps Cardinal team beat White squad, 42-10.

Sophomore tailback Stafon Johnson ran for a pair of touchdowns to lead the Cardinal team to a 42-10 victory over the White team in the USC football team's scrimmage in front of 18,000 fans at the Coliseum on Wednesday evening (Aug. 22).

Johnson, who had 89 yards on 4 carries, scored on 1- and 14-yard runs.

The Cardinal squad-made up of USC's starters and key reserves-struck quickly, as senior tailback Chauncey Washington scored on a 1-yard run just a play after he jetted 63 yards on the opening play of the scrimmage.

The White team answered on the ensuing drive with a 35-yard field goal by sophomore placekicker Joe Houston.

But the Cardinal team responded with a 16-yard scoring pass from senior quarterback John David b00ty to redshirt freshman wide receiver David Ausberry. b00ty completed 8-of-11 passes overall for 98 yards, while Ausberry had a game-high 4 catches for 55 yards.

The Cardinal team added two more quick touchdowns. Senior linebacker Thomas Williams blocked a punt on the White team's next drive and junior linebacker Kaluka Maiava took it 9 yards for a TD. Then Johnson followed his 67-yard run that opened the Cardinal team's next possession with a 1-yard scoring run on the next play.

Senior quarterback Michael McDonald got the White team a touchdown on the final play of the first half with a 6-yard pass to soph wide receiver Garrett Green.

The Cardinal team finished its scoring with Johnson's 14-yard run in the third quarter and then freshman quarterback Aaron Corp hit sophomore wide receiver Vidal Hazelton on a 7-yard TD strike on the game's final play.

Sophomore tailback Allen Bradford had 56 rushing yards on 10 carries for the White team, while Green (29 yards) and freshman wide receiver Brandon Carswell (35 yards) each added 3 receptions.

Senior cornerback Terrell Thomas had a game-best 6 tackles for the Cardinal squad.

"It was a great night," said seventh-year USC head coach Pete Carroll. "We accomplished so much. It was a game-like situation from when we went to the team hotel yesterday all the way until the end of the scrimmage. I'm pleased. We couldn't have done a whole lot more than we did."

Five-time defending Pac-10 champ USC opens its 2007 season versus Idaho in the Coliseum on Sept. 1 at 7:15 p.m.

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 08-24-2007, 01:40 AM         #54
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Trojans' Washington sprains shoulder, but expects to play in opener

LOS ANGELES -- Starting tailback Chauncey Washington has a sprained right shoulder, putting his availability for Southern California's season-opener in question.

Washington, a fifth-year senior who led the Trojans in rushing last year with 744 yards on 157 carries, was injured when he hit the ground after a carry early in the second half of a scrimmage Wednesday might at the Los Angeles Coliseum.

"I should be fine," Washington said after practice Thursday, his arm in a sling. "My plan is to rehab -- I don't want to it to be nagging the whole season. I think I'll be out until Monday."

The top-ranked Trojans open the season Sept. 1 against Idaho.

"I have my mind-set that I'm going to play [in the opener] -- I'm looking forward to it," said Washington, who started the scrimmage with a 63-yard run. "I've just got to take it day-by-day. I've never had any shoulder problems before."

Neither sophomore C.J. Gable (lingering groin soreness) nor highly regarded freshman Joe McKnight (stretched knee ligament) played in the scrimmage, but Trojans coach Pete Carroll said he expects them to be ready to go against Idaho.

"C.J. is going to be fine. C.J. could have scrimmaged last night," Carroll said. "We're counting on C.J. for sure -- we know what he can do."

Regarding McKnight, who hasn't practiced since last week, Carroll said: "He ran real well last night. That's a real good sign for us. He's got to be ready by Monday [to play against Idaho]."

Sophomores Stafon Johnson and Allen Bradford also figure to see action at tailback against Idaho.

"All of these guys deserve to play," Carroll said.

Copyright 2007 by The a.ssociated Press

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 08-25-2007, 06:20 PM         #55
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Okay fellow Trojans y'all got RakimAllah to thank for these if you want one

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put ya colors on for this season....

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 08-25-2007, 07:14 PM         #56
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August 23, 2007

Jonathan Kay Staff Writer

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Prior to Wednesday's scrimmage we gave you a list of players to watch. They were the guys who could help themselves – or hurt themselves – most. Here's how they did:

1. Stafon Johnson: A-

Stafon Johnson may have locked up the No. 2 RB spot with his performance Wednesday night.

With C.J. Gable out, Johnson had the opportunity to prove he belongs as the No. 2 option at tailback behind Chauncey Washington. He did just that. If Washington's shoulder injury is serious, Johnson actually could be No. 1.

Johnson ran four times for 89 yards and two touchdowns against the second-team defense. The highlight was a 67-yard carry, during which he showed great burst and cutback ability. Toward the end of the run, he hopped out of a leg tackle. His only carry for fewer than 10 yards came on a one-yard touchdown.

Why the minus? He dropped a punt, which fell right into the opposing team's hands. However, since he never seemed to have much of a chance to return punts anyway, we're not going to penalize him too much.

2. Kyle Moore: C-

Without watching tape, it's hard to know how Moore did against the run. But that was never a concern, as his job on first and second down does not appear to be in jeopardy. This grade is a combination of his performance as a pass rusher, minus what Everson Griffen took away from him.

In order to convince coaches that they do not need to insert Griffen in passing situations, Moore could have used a few trips into the backfield. Griffen appeared there twice, while Moore was a no-show.

3. Josh Pinkard: B+

The junior did nothing spectacular, but he broke up a pass or two and got the start at safety, his natural position. Coach Pete Carroll kept Pinkard, Taylor Mays and Kevin Ellison in a constant rotation during the scrimmage, and he said afterward that they all would see plenty of playing time this season.

With sophomore Shareece Wright's recent emergence at cornerback, it appears that Pinkard will stick mostly to safety, as Wright rotates a bit with starters Cary Harris and Terrell Thomas. Pinkard still could play some nickelback, however, as he appeared there once in the scrimmage.

4. Drew Radovich: B+/Incomplete

How does Radovich feel today? If the answer is "good," he gets high marks for the scrimmage.

Radovich's ability is a given, after serving as a starter in 2006. He only needs to prove that he is healthy enough to be effective. If his sore back held up – through a few possessions with the first-team offense Wednesday night – and he is on Howard Jones Field in pads this afternoon, it will have been a good night for Radovich.

5. Allen Bradford: A and Broderick Green: Incomplete

Bradford was the second-team's workhorse, averaging 5.6 yards per carry against USC's vaunted first-team defense. He may be in a race with Green to be the short-yardage back, but Bradford showed, once again, that he is more than just a big man. He has the speed and ability to break long runs.

Green did not play, as the NCAA Clearinghouse has yet to give him the OK, and his two-week practice window has closed.

6. David Buehler: B and Joe Houston: A

Buehler did nothing wrong – he made all five extra points he attempted, and he booted one kickoff into the end zone and the rest inside in the five-yard line. But Buehler did not get the chance to try a field goal, while Houston converted his only opportunity – a 36-yard attempt. As long as Houston continues to make every kick he tries, it will be hard for coaches to sit him down from 40 yards and in.

7. Vidal Hazelton: A

There is little Hazelton can do to take away a starting job from Patrick Turner or David Ausberry. But, Hazelton worked with the first-team often as the No. 3 receiver, and his diving touchdown catch from Aaron Corp ended the scrimmage on a high note. Hazelton also gets points for his blocking. He ran all 67 yards downfield on Stafon Johnson's highlight-reel carry, locking up a defender or two along the way.
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August 23, 2007

Jonathan Kay Staff Writer

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X-rays on senior tailback Chauncey Washington's right shoulder revealed nothing beyond the presumed sprain of his acromioclavicular (AC) joint. He is day-to-day.

X-rays on Chauncey's Washington were encouraging.

"I want to come out there in the opener. I have my mind set that I'm going to play," Washington said. "I'll be on the bike tomorrow. I've just got to make sure my legs are still strong."

The senior said this is the first shoulder injury he has suffered.

"When it happened, I thought it was just numb or dead," Washington said. "I didn't know it was as bad as they're saying it is."

He attended Thursday's light, helmets-no pads practice with the injured arm in a sling.

"I think I'll be off until probably Monday," he said. "My plan is to rehab and come back full strength, because I don't want to bang it."

If true freshman Joe McKnight is to return for the Sept. 1 opener against Idaho, "He's got to get back on Monday, I would think," coach Pete Carroll said.

Carroll said that McKnight ran well on the side Wednesday, and he could cut comfortably and freely.

With the first game still nine days away, USC does not need its hobbled players to practice just yet, "So we're going to maximize those (extra days of rest)," Carroll said.

The coach expressed optimism about C.J. Gable, who has sat out for three straight days, and linebacker Thomas Williams, who suffered an "ankle/achilles" injury during the scrimmage.

"We're counting on C.J. to play," Carroll. "We have him available for sure, and we know what he can do, and we love the way he plays."

Williams will be evaluated further, because the injury is in "an unusual place," and doctors want to ensure they know what is wrong.

Tackle Charles Brown remained on the sideline, after experiencing back spasms before Wednesday's scrimmage.

"I think he's going to be OK," Carroll said.

Broderick Green missed his second-straight day of team activities, while the Clearinghouse reviews his transcript. Carroll said the decision is expected to come Friday afternoon.

"It's done stuff, as far as we're concerned. They just have to get to it," Carroll said. "It's just paperwork, and the release should come in, hopefully, and on he goes."

Sights and sounds from a light Thursday practice

Notable non-participants: Brown, Washington, Gable, Green, Allen Bradford, Keith Rivers, Williams, Will Harris, McKnight, Sam Baker, Hershel Dennis, Travon Patterson, Jordan Campbell.

Rivers experienced groin soreness during the scrimmage but returned to the field afterward, Carroll said. The coach said he is not worried about the senior.

Bradford said he has some hip soreness. Carroll said it is a groin injury. Either way, they both said it is not serious.

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Allen Bradford said he felt good about his scrimmage performance but still has room for improvement.
The sophomore ran for 56 yards on 10 carries, against the first-team defense Wednesday.

"I think, last night, I probably showed that I'm able to play," Bradford said. "I probably gave the coaches more confidence in me."

Bradford said both offensive and defensive coaches complimented his performance, and teammates were supportive. However, he needs to improve his ability to read defenses, he said.

"Last night, I did a lot of cutting back, making a lot of people miss and being just physical running the ball," Bradford said. "But there's still stuff I'm kind of iffy on."

# Drew Radovich was back on the field Thursday, following his first scrimmage. That, according to Carroll, means the senior is ready to compete for the starting job at right tackle.

Radovich said he felt some soreness in his back when he woke up Thursday, "which is expected." It did not keep him from competing for one practice rotation with the first team.

"My back's not giving me problems right now," Radovich said. "I'm feeling good."

Radovich is a known commodity, after starting every game last season. In order to return to the starting lineup he must "show that I can go all 80 plays and play … at the level they know I can play at," he said.

# Preparation for Idaho officially begins Friday. Coaches will not pass out playbooks until next week, but, "Game-plan installations are now totally in effect," Carroll said.

# Junior defensive end Kyle Moore, who has been losing ground to true freshman Everson Griffen as a pass rusher, recorded a practice "sack" Thursday.

# With Bradford getting the day off, Stafon Johnson and Desmond Reed were the only tailbacks available during Thursday's practice. Coaches kept it short, starting at 4 p.m. and ending at 5.

# Sophomore safety Taylor Mays worked exclusively with the second-team defense, while juniors Josh Pinkard and Kevin Ellison worked with the first unit.

Shareece Wright and Kevin Thomas were the second-team cornerbacks.

# Plays of the day

-Offense: John David b00ty learned a while ago that if he wants to complete a pass to David Ausberry, throwing it high is a good idea. Thursday, b00ty threw a high, hard one, and Ausberry made another smooth, athletic play. The 6-foot-4 freshman seemed to shoot his arm up and achieve instant-full extension, on a reception of about 15 yards.

-Defense: Cornerback Cary Harris ran backward and made an all-out dive toward the line of scrimmage to intercept a deflected pass from Michael McDonald.

# Field-goal report: 2-for-6 (David Buehler and Joe Holland were restricted to side sessions)

Jordan Congdon made an extra point and missed from 37 yards. Brad Smith was good from 32 yards, off from 37. Brook Van Muijen missed two from 37 yards.
 08-25-2007, 07:15 PM         #58
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August 24, 2007

Jonathan Kay Staff Writer

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It was more a matter of frustration than concern for Broderick Green and his family.

Broderick Green has been cleared by the NCAA.
"I kind of knew everything would go through," Broderick's older brother Stephen told "I just knew it was a matter of time before they cleared him."

The true freshman tailback out of Little Rock, Ark., received approval from the NCAA Clearinghouse this morning, 18 days after USC started fall camp. The NCAA had granted him a two-week practice window on Aug. 8, but that closed on Wednesday, keeping Broderick out of the Trojans' final scrimmage.

Stephen and Broderick speak almost every day, and many of their conversations had been focused on Wednesday's scrimmage.

"We were talking about that the whole time, that that was his chance to prove that he could play this year," Stephen said. "So, he was frustrated."

When one of the boys' uncles called the Clearinghouse earlier in the week, he was told that the woman working on Broderick's case had gone out of town, Stephen said. The family talked about finding a lawyer to help expedite the process, but then the uncle called a second time and was told the Clearinghouse would put another worker on the case.

Stephen is at Arkansas, hoping to walk on to the Razorbacks' squad as a defensive back. He said he received a call from a half-asleep Broderick around 8 a.m. Pacific Standard Time, after the freshman received his official clearance.

"I was like, 'Now you can get back to playing again and hopefully show a little something before the season starts,'" Stephen said. "He's just happy he got cleared."

Then Stephen called his mother, Wilma Murdock, who had become worried the past couple of days.

"She was like 'Thank God!'" Stephen said. "I guess she was praying for Broderick, and so were a lot of people she works with."

Broderick is listed at 6-foot-1, 230 pounds, but coaches have talked him up as high as 240-245. Stephen said his brother has stayed between 233-235 since camp opened. The big, downhill runner is expected to compete with sophomore Allen Bradford for time as a short-yardage back.

Green missed four of the Trojans' first 18 days of practice, because of Clearinghouse issues, but he almost certainly will be in the mix for playing time against Idaho on Sept. 1. Of USC's nine tailbacks, Green is one of only three – along with sophomore Stafon Johnson and senior Desmond Reed – believed to be completely healthy. However, Bradford (hip, groin) and sophomore C.J. Gable (groin) are expected to be fine for the Idaho game.

Check back with this afternoon, for players' and coaches' reactions to the situation.
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Little Rock (Ark.) Central Arkansas Christian four-star wide receiver Joe Adams unofficially visited USC, Georgia, Arkansas and Florida this summer.

Joe Adams becomes commitment No. 14 for USC this year

With more than 20 scholarships to his name, Adams and his family quickly grew tired of the recruiting process.

After taking his a second visit to Georgia last month, Adams was ready to put an end to the drama and announce where he would spend the next four years of his life.

On KLRT's Evening News with friends and family close by, Adams announced he would sign a letter of intent with USC in February.

"I'm going to go with USC," Adams told KLRT. "It was really about playing time and liking the school. With USC, there was just something about USC."

With seven hats representing his choices, Adams selected USC over Arkansas, LSU and Florida. The live television announcement came after weeks of not taking interviews from reporters.

"I met a couple of players out there that I really liked," said Adams, who was named MVP of the Fort Worth NIKE Camp. "Damian and Broderick are good friends who I talk to a lot, and I really love Pete Carroll."

In June, Adams participated in the Trojans Rising Star Camp. After returning home, Adams was convinced that USC was a perfect fit for college.

"I'm happy with his decision and I'm happy it's over with," said his mother Charlotte. "I enjoyed Los Angeles when I was out there for the camp."

The Rivals250 selection becomes commitment No. 14 for the Trojans, adding to the standing success USC has had recruiting the Natural State.

Adams will join fellow Arkansas natives Broderick Green, Damian Williams and Mitch Mustain on the USC roster next fall.

"They talk (about USC) everytime they call me," said Adams. "They call me at least twice a day telling me about USC. They say, 'they're hating on us, so we need to show them how Arkansas does it'.

"Me and Broderick... I've known him for a long time."

As a junior, Adams had 857-yards rushing and 14 touchdowns playing quarterback. He also had 633-yards receiving and nine touchdowns through the air. A 2006 All-Conference, All-State and Democrat-Gazette All-Junior Team selection, Adams ran a 4.48 SPARQ timed 40-yard dash at the Trojans Rising Star Camp.

Recruited by USC coach Brennan Carroll as an athlete, Adams participated as a cornerback and a wide out at the camp. Currently ranked the No. 27 best receiver in the country by, his 6-foot frame may be more valuable in the defensive backfield.

"He's obviously fast and shifty, but his height and long arms are unique to the corner position," said Senior Analyst Gerard Martinez. "Don't get me wrong, he's got hands, so it's not that he can't play receiver. It's just USC can recruit receivers with his attributes easier than than can corners.

"Adams is smooth and has quick hips too. Plus, the way freshman Ronald Johnson has been playing at receiver, USC won't have an underclassman corner on the roster next year." will have more on Joe Adams' commitment later.
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Through all the confusion, Broderick Green was sure of one thing – no way, now how does he weigh 260 pounds.

Broderick Green practiced Friday, after receiving full clearance from the NCAA.
Somehow the rumor started that the bruising, true freshman tailback carries 26 extra pounds. He said his weight is down to 234, after arriving in Los Angeles from Little Rock, Ark., this summer at 245.

"The guys took it and started joking around with it," Green said Friday, in his first public comments since the start of fall camp. "They were like, 'Oh, here's 260! Oh, here's 260!'

"And I was like, 'I'm not 260.'"

Green was free to laugh and joke Friday, without the specter of eligibility problems hanging over him. His phone started ringing at about 7 a.m., and it did not stop for a while. The NCAA Clearinghouse finally had put the stamp of approval on his high school transcript. He was free to be a Trojan.

The two-week practice window the NCAA had granted him – along with fellow freshmen Brandon Carswell and Marc Tyler – elapsed Wednesday. Green was left as the one player who had not been cleared. He was relegated to the stands during that night's scrimmage.

"I felt like a fan over there watching," Green said. "I don't even think I could go on the field or anything. It was hard."

Family members and USC administrators had kept in touch with the Clearinghouse, trying to expedite the process. Green said he had not been concerned, just anxious.

"I didn't have a doubt that it wouldn't work, because I knew I had the grades and everything to make it through," he said.

Green said he didn't "have a clue," as to why it took so long. Coach Pete Carroll said the delay was related to a transfer from early in the tailback's high school career.

"Now that he's back, it's behind us, and we'll just roll," Carroll said. "Unfortunately, he missed a big scrimmage this week, where could have seen a lot of him. But he's done well; he runs huge; and we like everything that we've seen so far.

"We'll see how it all fits together as we get going early in the season."

Green is expected to compete as a short-yardage/power back, "but, then again, I can sort of do some other stuff."

Sights and sounds from Friday's practice

Your 2007 USC captains, as voted by Trojans players: QB John David b00ty (again), LT Sam Baker, DE Lawrence Jackson, LB Keith Rivers.

"It's a great honor, and it's one that they'll always take with them," Carroll said.

# Baker works

Following several days off, after testing his cracked rib last weekend, Sam Baker played with the first-team offense against the scout-team defense, during a portion of the 11-on-11 drills.

He also remained on the field for extra work after practice.

"He's trying to figure out how far he can go," Carroll said. "He can't hurt himself anymore, it's not a question of that. It's just really, really uncomfortable.

"He's going to be fine. He might be really sore on Sunday."

# b00ty's pick-three

At least John David b00ty went in head-first.

John David b00ty finally threw some interceptions.
After going the first 18 days of training camp without an interception, USC's starting quarterback threw three on Friday. It started with an apparent miscommunication against the scout team, when b00ty's pass lofted straight into freshman cornerback Daniel Harper's hands.

Then, in 11-on-11 drills against the first-team defense, cornerback Terrell Thomas snagged a pass intended for Patrick Turner. A few plays later, Josh Pinkard stepped in the way of another ball and sprinted down the sideline.

# Secondary shuffle

Following Wednesday's scrimmage, Pinkard believed coaches had settled on him as a safety. During Friday's practice, he lined up mostly as a first-team cornerback.

# D-Line shuffle

Against the first-team offense, defensive ends Kyle Moore and Everson Griffen rotated series opposite Lawrence Jackson, with the first unit.

# Tailback participation report: Desmond Reed, Broderick Green, Stafon Johnson.

# Feeling better: Linebackers Keith Rivers (groin) and Thomas Williams (ankle/Achilles) returned to practice. Wide receiver Travon Patterson participated in light drills for the first time in more than a week, as he returns from a toe injury.

# Friday's notable non-participants: Chauncey Washington, Allen Bradford, Joe McKnight, C.J. Gable, Marc Tyler, Hershel Dennis, Will Harris, Mark Sanchez, Charles Brown.

Carroll said Gable (groin) and Bradford (groin, hip) are expected to return Monday. That would give them enough time to be ready for the season opener against Idaho.

# Surely Stafon

Carroll had this to say about Stafon Johnson's impressive camp and his future:

"He's going to get the ball, for sure."

"He's really difficult to tackle, and he's got great sense and great balance, and he runs tough and he holds onto the ball really well. It's been a great surprise, but we kind of hoped this is what we were going to see."


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