Albarado takes home player of the week honors

Sophomore punter Kris Albarado was named the Pac-12 special teams player of the week on Monday following a strong showing in USC’s 17-14 victory over Utah State. Albarado averaged 35.4 yards per punt and played a key role in keeping the Aggies on their side of the field. Five of his seven attempts landed within […]

Kiffin gambles with moving Tuerk to center

For all of his detractors who grumble about his predictable, cautious play-calling, no one can accuse USC head coach Lane Kiffin of not thinking outside the box in other ways. Of course, a great deal of that thinking has been controversial and not exactly aboveboard. News broke just last week that NCAA will institute, for […]

Kiffin, USC walking a very thin ethical line

A fake extra point gone awry in the first quarter of USC’s 50-6 victory over Colorado last Saturday serves as just the latest example of the Trojans’ alarming lapse in judgment when it comes to showing common courtesy for opponents. Allow me to clarify. When USC lined up for the extra point with the score already […]

One Fan’s Spring Game Experience Puts Things In Perspective

The highlight of Saturday’s spring game did not involve football. It wasn’t the touchdown that senior quarterback Matt Barkley threw to sophomore receiver Marqise Lee in the corner of the end zone. It wasn’t the pair of interceptions that senior cornerback Isiah Wiley made either. No, it happened when the Trojans stood around with their […]

Defense, running game propell Trojans past Huskies

When USC nearly faltered to Arizona on Oct. 1 at home, a number of defensive issues overshadowed whatever strides its offense had made. It marked the first time in school history it had given up more than 40 points in consecutive games. The 37 first downs allowed also marked a program first. But more than […]

Practice notes: Sept. 13

Following victories over Minnesota and Utah in weeks one and two, USC prepares to host Syracuse, a team it hasn’t faced since 1990, at the Coliseum on Saturday. Sophomore linebacker Marquis Simmons was in street clothes and a neck brace after being injured in the Utah game. But he appeared in good spirit, as he […]