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Practice Insider: McKnight handling adversity

<!–start image–><!– end image–>Turf toe. Jock itch. Smashed fingers. A dislocated elbow. Migraine headaches. Sophomore running back Joe McKnight‘s already been through a lot this season. Then before taking the field against Cal, he got word that his grandmother had passed away. After missing Tuesday’s practice to head back to Louisiana, McKnight returned to Howard […]

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McKnight Status

Tailback Joe McKnight said he expects to play Saturday but the coaches are less certain and will wait until tomorrow’s practice to make a decision. “If he can do stuff tomorrow and Friday, it will be a bonus for us if he can play,” offensive coordinator Steve Sarkisian said. “We’re hoping,” running backs coach Todd […]

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USC football: Damian Williams dinged

** USC receiver Damian Williams landed awkwardly on his right shoulder while trying to catch a pass and missed the latter half of practice. He said afterward that he had a slight sprain but that it wasn’t bad enough to get X-rays. “I’m fine,” Williams said. ** Tailback Joe McKnight, on the mend from turf […]

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The education of Everson Griffen

USC sophomore defensive end Everson Griffen is destined for greatness … if he works at it. That was the consensus among the players and coaches I spoke to for a profile on Griffen in advance of Thursday night’s game against Oregon State To give you an indication of what his fellow Trojans think of him, […]

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Practice Insider: Nothing wrong with Corvallis

<!–start image–><!– end image–>After a failed two-point conversion in Corvallis, Ore., the Trojans walked off the field defeated for the first time in 2006 as Oregon State fans rushed the field. Senior Fili Moala remembers. It’s impossible not to. While memories of the Trojans’ losses at Oregon State are there, USC head coach Pete Carroll […]

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One-on-One with USC DT Fili Moala

I wanted to ask the players what the capitol of Virginia was. I wasn’t even certain myself. (My guess was Richmond, which is correct — whew). But that party was spoiled by one who shall remain nameless (Paul). I fortunately had more in my arsenal. So here it is, an all-Virginia five-question pop quiz between […]

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2008 Preseason All-Pac-10 team

Posted by ESPN.com’s Ted Miller Really labored over some of these. Offense QB Rudy Carpenter, Sr., Arizona State RB Jahvid Best, So., California RB Jeremiah Johnson, Sr., Oregon TE Rob Gronkowski, So., Arizona OL Alex Mack, Sr., California OL Jeff Byers, Sr., USC OL Juan Garcia, Sr., Washington OL Max Unger, Sr., Oregon OL Andy […]

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CFN’s Unit Rankings

College Football News ranks the different units from around the country. USC makes a splash on defense but not surprisingly they struggle to get a lot of recognition on offense. I am not going to comment on this too much as this is pretty accurate from an SC standpoint. This is more for just general knowledge. […]

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The 2008 HP All-American Defensive Team

Yesterday, we unveiled the All-American offensive squad, now here are the defenders: Defensive End 1st Team–Everson Griffen, USC; Greg Middleton, Indiana Middleton was a 2007 HP All-American and should have another great year. Griffen is a physical phenom who is ready to explode on the college scene. 2nd Team–Greg Hardy, Ole Miss; George Selvie, USF […]

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Growin’ Samoans…and Tongans Too

A past ESPN article estimated that “a Samoan boy is 40 times more likely to reach the NFL than a boy growing up in the United States.” And there’s good reason why. USC knows firsthand the physicality, size and strength of their Polynesian Trojan players. With the nation’s top trainers and one of the largest […]

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