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Potential starting LB Ruffin lost for year at USC

The USC Trojans were dealt a blow in the middle of the defense on Sunday. Linebacker Jabari Ruffin, a potential starter on the outside, suffered a torn ACL in his left knee. The injury will prevent him from playing for the Trojans until 2015. “This is very unfortunate news about Jabari, but I know he will rehab well and come back strong next year,” USC head coach Steve Sarkisian...
Via Pro Sports Daily
16 days ago  |  Discuss

USC LB Jabari Ruffin lost for the year due to injury

USC is reporting that LB Jabari Ruffin is expected to be lost for the 2014 season after tearing a knee ligament during practice Sunday.  The Sophomore was expecting to start at one of the outside linebacker positions. Coach Steve Sarkisian responded to the news, “This is very unfortunate news about Jabari, but I know he will rehab well and come back strong next year.  I know...
Via NCAA Football Zone
16 days ago  |  Discuss

Talent makeover at USC

Andy Enfield and staff were given a difficult task in rebuilding the USC program. When Enfield arrived from Florida Gulf Coast, he was given a team almost completely void of Pac-12 level talent. However, Enfield and his assistants - associate head coach Tony Bland, Jason Hart and Kevin Norris - are recruiting at a rate that USC hasn't seen in years, which should speed up the...
Via Fox Sports
15 days ago  |  Discuss

USC Trojans: 2014 Season Betting Odds And Predictions

The USC Trojans' 2014 season betting odds and predictions courtesy of BetDSI.
Via Gamedayr
15 days ago  |  Discuss

Gallery: USC Trojans fall training camp

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Via Fox Sports West
14 days ago  |  Discuss

Gallery: USC Trojans fall training camp

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Via Fox Sports
14 days ago  |  Discuss

USC Practice: Tues. Top Performers

It was one of the shorter practices of the fledgling Fall Camp, and the USC Trojans weren’t in pads today. However, there were still competition drills, and with all of the injuries, new players had a chance to step up.
Via usc.scout.com
14 days ago  |  Discuss

USC could be without starting guard for opener

With the season opener exactly 10 days away, USC could be at less than full strength along the offensive line. Starting guard Khaliel Rodgers, the school confirmed late Tuesday night, suffered a sprained knee during practice this week. He is expected to be sidelined for a period of 10-14 days.
Via Pro Sports Daily
7 days ago  |  Discuss

Ex-LB Poly star JuJu Smith impresses on offense for USC

JuJu Smith lined up wide to the left side of the formation at Howard Jones Field during practice on Thursday afternoon. As USC went through an 11-on-11 period at practice, the freshman wide receiver from Long Beach Poly High School ran a streak up the sideline.  Max Browne delivered the ball to Smith and the freshman, against one-on-one blanket coverage, went up and snatched the...
Via Fox Sports West
5 days ago  |  Discuss

Biggest impact players for USC: No. 1 DL Leonard Williams

Pound-for-pound Leonard Williams is the best player on the USC roster, and that carries a lot of weight. The 6-5, 310-pound defensive lineman is a matchup nightmare for opposing offensive linemen. The junior is considered to be the best defensive lineman in the country and is projected to be a top-five pick in the NFL Draft. A natural defensive end, as a freshman he was moved inside...
Via Fox Sports West
4 days ago  |  Discuss

Report: USC athletic director Haden hospitalized twice in past two days

USC athletic director Pat Haden missed an annual school event Saturday evening and has been hospitalized two times in the past two days, according to a report in the Los Angeles Times, citing "a person with knowledge of the situation." Haden, 61, was absent from the on-campus "Salute to Troy" football kickoff event, the Times says. A source told the paper that...
Via Fox Sports
3 days ago  |  Discuss

Report: USC AD Pat Haden hospitalized twice in last two days

USC athletic director Pat Haden was not at USC's annual "Salute To Troy" event on campus Saturday night, and the Los Angeles Times is reporting that Haden has been hospitalized twice in the last two days because he hasn't been feeling well. USC has not issued a comment on Haden's status.
Via Pro Sports Daily
3 days ago  |  Discuss

2015 Post-Summer Player Rankings Countdown: 60 – Chimezie Metu

60. Chimezie METU Height: 6’-8” Weight: 215 Position: PF High School (State): Lawndale (CA) Club Team (Affiliation): Oakland Soldiers (Nike) Commitment: USC Trojans Breakdown: During head coach Andy Enfield’s brief tenure, the Trojans have markedly improved on landing prospects from their natural SoCal recruiting base, and Metu follows that trend. Metu, is originally from Nigeria, ...
Via Hoopniks
2 days ago  |  Discuss

The Audible: Sarkisian vs. Kiffin, star freshmen and more USC talk

When USC hired Steve Sarkisian last offseason, the news was met with a general shrug. There was a group of USC fans excited about the idea of Sark coming home, but across the nation it was viewed as an underwhelming hire for one of college football's best jobs. As the 2014 season is set to kick off, the tone -- at least around Los Angeles -- has changed quite a bit as Sarkisian...
Via Fox Sports
2 days ago  |  Discuss

USC set to make offensive line history in Saturday's season opener

As far as freshmen classes go this, may be the most game-ready group to come through USC.  The likes of Adoree' Jackson and JuJu Smith have garnered the bulk of the attention during fall camp but inside the trenches is where history could be made in the season opener Saturday against Fresno State. USC released its 2014 depth chart Sunday and slated at both offensive guard positions...
Via Fox Sports West
2 days ago  |  Discuss

Josh Shaw Heroically Saves Drowning Cousin, Sustains Injuries

USC Trojans cornerback Josh Shaw heroically saved his drowning cousin, sustaining ankles injuries in the process.
Via Gamedayr
1 day ago  |  Discuss

USC player jumps from building to save nephew

AP Photo/Eric Risberg Josh Shaw, one of the starter for the USC Trojans, suffered high ankle sprains in both ankles after rescuing his 7-year-old nephew who was drowning. According to a report from USC, Shaw saw his nephew struggling in the pool and jumped from a second floor balcony onto concrete to get to the young boy. “I would do it again for whatever kid it was, it did not...
Via Down and Distance
1 day ago  |  Discuss

Links of the Day 8/26/14

Hey gang! Let’s grab some links! This is far more optimistic for the Purdue schedule than I am expecting! USC Trojans cornerback was injured while being a hero. Left it all in the pool, really. The US Open started yesterday in New York and BEE!!!!! BEE!!!!!! AAAAHHHHH BEE!!!! GETITOFFGETITOFFGETITOFF!!! SCOREBOARD Everyone was off yesterday!
Via The Rhino and Compass
1 day ago  |  Discuss

Is Josh Shaw’s Story Of Rescuing Drowning Nephew True?

Is Josh Shaw's story of rescuing drowning nephew true? USC Trojans coach Steve Sarkisian has received calls questioning it.
Via Gamedayr
1 day ago  |  Discuss

USC Trojan Jumps off Balcony

Josh Shaw is a 5th year senior, starter, and was named team captain for the USC Trojans this year.  He is expected to be a big part of their secondary.  After Saturday night, he can add “Hero” to his resume. Per the USC Website: While attending a family social function at his cousin’s apartment in his hometown of Palmdale, Shaw looked on from a second floor balcony to the...
Via Sports Mockery
1 day ago  |  Discuss

USC Trojans DB Josh Shaw Lie About Rescuing His Nephew?

The USC Trojans are going to have to do without senior cornerback Josh Shaw for the immediate future, and as tough as that may be the reason is something fans can't be mad about. According to Shaw he jumped from a second story balcony to rescue his drowning nephew. In the process he injured both ankles (high ankle sprains) and will be out indefinitely.Can't be mad at a hero...
Via FatManWriting
1 day ago  |  Discuss

Report: Truth of Josh Shaw’s rescue story in question

TweetEarlier, it was reported that USC Trojans defensive back Josh Shaw injured his ankles after he supposedly leapt from the second story balcony to rescue his drowning nephew. But according to a USC law school alum, Shaw was hurt while trying to escape police after a domestic dispute: Unfortunately, my sources are saying the Josh Shaw story is fake… no rescue. Still waiting on...
Via Los That Sports Blog
1 day ago  |  Discuss

Fresno St.-Southern Cal Preview

While USC's season is kicking off with a new coach and the beginning of the end of its NCAA scholarship restrictions, plenty of starters are back. They'll certainly remember their first opponent. The Steve Sarkisian era begins Saturday night at the Coliseum against Fresno State, the team the Trojans ended their drama-filled, 10-win 2013 season against in the Las Vegas Bowl...
Via AP on Fox
23 hours ago  |  Discuss

USC in 'holding pattern' with Josh Shaw situation

Steve Sarkisian saw a "great" practice from his team Wednesday morning on Howard Jones Field.  "I don't know what you guys were doing over here but I saw a heck of a practice," Sarkisian said as he addressed the dozens of media members in attendance.  There is still a buzz around USC with people looking for answers in regards to the Josh Shaw situation....
Via Fox Sports West
2 hours ago  |  Discuss
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