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USC football: 10 things we learned in spring (No. 5)

Halfway there! Here’s the fifth thing we learned this spring about USC football: No. 5 — All-Pac-10 center Kristofer O’Dowd is worthy of all the hype. How can this be? How could Kristofer O’Dowd prove his value without taking a single spring snap? It seems counterintuitive, but hear me out: Sometimes we don’t realize the […]

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Two Tackles

USC practiced with only two healthy offensive tackles — Tyron Smith, Matt Kalil — because Charles Brown and Butch Lewis were out with groin injuries. Nick Howell was already out with a pulled hamstring.

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Tackle Time

I mocked the depth chart released last spring because it showed Charles Brown and Butch Lewis at left tackle while Alex Parsons started at right tackle. And it took about five minutes in training camp for Lewis to take over at right tackle. He and Brown are established starters right now. Pat Ruel said Nick […]

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Pat Ruel Named Top Recruiter in Pac-10 for 2008

  From Rivals.com: PAT RUEL – USC BUZZ:  Ruel was a serious candidate for national recruiter of the year with an average star ranking for his six signees of 4.17. He helped recruit five-star offensive linemen Matt Kalil and Tyron Smith, but he helped pull in one of the biggest Signing Day surprises when he […]

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Trojans go big with recruits

Gary Klein, Los Angeles Times Matt Kalil waited more than a year. The offensive lineman from Anaheim Servite High, who made an oral commitment to USC during his junior season, finally got to sign a letter of intent Wednesday, one of 10 linemen in a 19-player recruiting class that lacked glitz but filled many of […]

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2008 Recruiting Dinner

The scene was on court at the Galen Center again, where a couple times Pete Carroll expressed his desire to see Tim Floyd’s bunch hand the Bruins another loss this year. Carroll said this class was about “bigs” not “flash” and he felt fortunate that the Trojans were in a position to play it this […]

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Moving on Up, USC Signs 19

National Signing Day has come to a close, and the sunset at dusk was looking a lot more golden. Or, should I say, cardinal and golden. It was USC’s offensive line that was supposed to have the really big day. And with 5-star recruits Matt Kalil and Tyron Smith signing on, they got it. Add […]

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Final Rivals100 Prospect Ranking: Seven SC Commits on the List

From Rivals.com: 11.  Matt Kalil, OL (Servite, Anaheim, CA) – 5* 15.  Tyron Smith, OL (Rancho Verde, Moreno Valley, CA) – 5* 31.  Blake Ayles, TE (Lutheran, Orange, CA) – 4* 40.  Wes Horton, DE (Notre Dame, Sherman Oaks, CA) – 4* 42.  Armond Armstead, DT (Pleasant Grove, Elk Grove, CA) – 4* 79.  Brice […]

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Trojan Oline Trio

<!–start aa oline (100) image–><!– end aa oline (100) image–>The stars were out for the Trojans at the Army All-American Bowl, especially on the offensive line. USC commits Matt Kalil, Tyron Smith and Daniel Campbell have a ridiculous 14 stars among them according to Rivals.com. USCFootball.com’s Gerard Martinez talked to the trio on the Alamo […]

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Video: Stars shine in playoffs

<!–start image–><!– end image–>This past weekend, the stars were out in force as the CIF semi-final playoffs took place across the state of California. Rivals.com AMP was on hand to catch the action of three big match-ups. That includes highlights from D.J. Shoemate and Matt Kalil of Servite, Darrell Scott of St, Bonaventure, Jurrell Casey […]

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New Rivals 100 Ranking – Seven Trojans Make the List

From Rivals.com: 6.  Matt Kalil (Anaheim, CA) – OL 11.  Tyron Smith (Moreno Valley, CA) – OL 22.  D.J. Shoemate (Anaheim, CA) – ATH 47.  Blake Ayles (Orange, CA) – TE 71.  Armond Armstead (Elk Grove, CA) – OG/DT 92.  Joe Adams (Little Rock, AR) – WR/CB 95.  Brice Butler (Norcross, GA) – WR Looks […]

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The Updated Rivals100

Rivals.com released their new Rivals100 today and there are 6 Trojans on the list: 6.  Matt Kalil, OL Kalil is a franchise left tackle that can’t be beat on the pass rush. 11.  Tyron Smith, OL Smith is a two-time NIKE Camp MVP and an amazing right tackle prospect. 22.  D.J. Shoemate, ATH Shoemate looked […]

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