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USC Needs ‘That Guy’

The biggest thing missing on the USC defense right now is a play making linebacker. Someone that can get to the quarterback, force fumbles and wreak havoc on opposing offenses. Clay Matthews was that guy at USC and now he is that guy for the Green Bay Packers. Matthews was the NFC Defensive Player of […]

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Brian Cushing wins DROY revote

I am not surprised that Brian Cushing held onto the defensive rookie of the year award in the Associated Press’ revote. The AP reported Cushing got 18 votes, Buffalo safety Jairus Byrd got 13 to finish second and Green Bay linebacker Clay Matthews finished third with 10. Three voters were unable to return ballots and […]

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Cushing Wins D.R.O.Y…..Again

(Photo by Icon Sports Media) Brian Cushing is your first two time winner of the AP NFL Defensive Rookie of the Year award. Cushing won the award for a second time after the nationwide panel of 50 sports writers and broadcasters who cover the NFL held a revote. Cushing received 39 of 50 votes originally. […]

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Cushing: DROY Re-vote

With a four game suspension for a violation of the league’s performance enhancing drug policy, Brian Cushing is down, but not (yet) out. The drug, which ESPN’s Adam Schefter has reported as slightly elevated levels of hCG, is on the NFL’s banned substance list as a non-steroid PED. The repercussions of Cushing’s positive test are […]

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Matthews, Cushing and guilt by association

Take a look at the background picture of Green Bay linebacker Clay Matthews’ Twitter account. It’s a 2009 Sports Illustrated cover featuring Matthews and two of his former USC teammates: Brian Cushing, later drafted by Houston, and Rey Maualuga, who landed in Cincinnati. <!–photo1–>Barely a year later, Matthews is the only one of the trio […]

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Pro Bowl Watch: Clay Matthews

We all know Green Bay linebacker Clay Matthews III comes from a deep lineage of football success. His father, Clay Jr., was a 19-year linebacker in the NFL. His uncle, Bruce Matthews, also played 19 seasons as an offensive lineman and is a member of the Pro Football Hall of Fame. Rob Grabowski/US PresswireGreen Bay […]

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Kalil to the Pro Bowl

Carolina Panthers center Ryan Kalil has been added to the NFC Pro Bowl roster, joining linebacker Clay Matthews and wideout Steve Smith as the three Trojans who will be in the NFL all-star game in Miami on Sunday (4:30 p.m. on ESPN). Also, rookie linebacker Brian Cushing was originally on the roster but had to […]

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Peter King on Clay Matthews

(Photo by Icon Sports Media) Here is an excerpt from Peter King’s weekly Monday Morning QB (Tuesday edition) on former USC linebacker Clay Matthews: Clay Matthews, 14 games into his NFL career, has become the Packers’ biggest playmaker. The Green Bay outside linebacker, son of the longtime NFL linebacker, either sacked or pressured Ben Roethlisberger […]

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The Trojan rookie boon

Inarguably, USC lost a lot of talent to the NFL Draft following the 2008 season. A closer look at the stats reveals just how incredibly much. The 11 Trojan draft picks from last year have played in a combined 95 games and racked up a combined 54 starts during their rookie seasons this fall — […]

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The New Linebacker U

(Photo of Brian Cushing looking to kill somebody by Icon Sports Media) Check out this article from Len Pasquarelli at ESPN about the success four rookies from USC are having in the NFL this season. Here is an excerpt: Putting four linebackers into the NFL in one year, all of them rookie starters at one […]

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Week 10 NFL Highlights

This weeks highlights of former Trojans in the NFL features Reggie Bush, Kaluka Maiava, Frostee Rucker, Troy Polamalu and Clay Matthews. (Video by Eric Espinoza / USC video operations department)

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