USC fails to produce NFL field generals

I was having my coffee this morning when I saw a really rude Facebook status update. A friend of mine, a die-hard Philadelphia Eagles fan, was relieved that wide receiver Desean Jackson was talking to Chip Kelly and looking to stay with the Eagles. “Especially,” he wrote, “after hearing that we’re gonna sign Mark ‘Butt Fumble’ […]

Matt Barkley among 34 named to O’Brien watch list

USC senior quarterback Matt Barkley was named to the Davey O’Brien Award preseason watch list, the Davey O’Brien Award Foundation announced Wednesday. The award is given annually to the nation’s best quarterback. Thirty-four players were named to the list, including two others from the Pac-12: Washington’s Keith Price and Washington State’s Jeff Tuel. Last season, […]

USC QBs dominate college football

As the 2012 football season rapidly approaches, I can only think about what kind of USC team will exit the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum tunnel Sept. 1. Immense buzz is circulating the USC campus because of Heisman hopes and the possibility to play in a BCS bowl game. It is undeniable that USC is one […]

Pro recap — week 9

Miami Dolphins running back Reggie Bush (Bush had a second consecutive great week, touching the ball 16 times for 142 yards and a score in a shocking 31-3 Miami victory against the Chiefs.) Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Matt Cassel (20/39, 253 yards) Kansas City wide receiver Keary Colbert (one catch, five yards) Atlanta Falcons offensive […]

Pro recap: Week 7

The following former Trojans registered action in the NFL on Sunday:   • New York Jets quarterback Mark Sanchez (18/33 passing, 173 yards, three touchdowns and an interception in a 27-27 home win over the San Diego Chargers) • NYJ running back Joe McKnight (three carries, 11 yards; three kickoffs, 79 yards; one punt return, seven yards) […]

Novelty of beating USC has worn off

I can only guess, but things aren’t supposed to grow stale in Tempe, Ariz. For a college town that never sleeps, that never stops — a West Coast king of nightlife if you will — Saturday night seemed rather familiar, almost clichéd. USC relinquished a lead in the second half, a routine that’s become near-second nature […]

Trojans in the pros: week two

Week two of the NFL saw blowouts and tight games alike. While there weren’t any standout performances, it was a solid week for  several former Trojans. Minnesota Vikings defensive end Everson Griffen had two tackles and a sack on Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Josh Freeman in a 24-21 loss. New Orleans Saints offensive tackle Charles […]

Establishing a backup quarterback is crucial

Backup quarterbacks live by this mantra: It’s just a play away. Just as the vice president is a heartbeat away from the presidency, the No. 2 signal-callers are one snap away from going from relative obscurity to having all eyes looking at them. There are those who never get the chance, those that history relegates […]