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Life after Tre Madden’s injury


In a number of ways, it’s been a bit of a quiet spring for USC. Senior quarterback Matt Barkley has taken fewer reps in order to allow redshirt freshmen signal callers Cody Kessler and Max Wittek to spend more time with the first team unit. Both are competing for the backup spot. Junior All-American wide […]

“Tailback U” label is a thing of the past


In USC’s most recent practice Tuesday, senior running back Curtis McNeal broke off a long run down the sidelines. He broke a couple of tackles along the way and sped down the field, giving the Trojans a reminder of how he ended last season. McNeal ran for more than 1,000 yards, and given the fact […]

Interior play has lifted young Trojans this year


In the impossible task of giving credit where it is due after a hard-fought football game, offensive and defensive lines have begun to attract a bit more attention than they have historically. As the sport continues to change, the need for solid linemen has become glaringly apparent — no matter what type of formation a […]

Four burning questions: Oregon


No. 18 USC (8-2, 5-2) travels to Eugene on Saturday as a 15.5-point underdog to face the No. 4 Oregon Ducks (9-1, 7-0). According to Michael Lev of the Orange County Register, the Trojans have not been this big of an underdog since 1998 when they traveled to Florida State. In addition the forecast calls […]

Practice notes: Wednesday


· Various players were in yellow-no-contact jerseys, including redshirt freshmen linebackers Dion Bailey and Hayes Pullard, as well as senior tailback Marc Tyler. Sophomore wide receiver Robert Woods participated briefly but did not practice the rest of the day, putting his availability for Saturday in jeopardy. · The defense placed an emphasis on conditioning today […]