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Pac-10 top 30 in 2009: Nos. 12-13

Our final top 30 player rankings from 2009 will start from the bottom and work up to No. 1. Click here for Nos. 14-30. Preseason rankings are here. 12. Taylor Mays, S, USC (1): While it’s hard to quantify what Mays might have gained socially, intellectually and emotionally from returning for his senior year, it’s […]

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Half of the best

Astoundingly, USC players make up exactly half of ESPN.com’s Pac-10 All-Decade team: QB Matt Leinart, TB Reggie Bush, WR Dwayne Jarrett, C Ryan Kalil, OT Sam Baker, DT Sedrick Ellis, DE Kenechi Udeze, LB Rey Maualuga, LB Keith Rivers, S Troy Polamalu, S Taylor Mays and P Tom Malone.

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Senior moments

Senior Bowl week has gotten underway in Mobile, Ala., with four Trojans on the South roster. You can watch offensive lineman Jeff Byers, tailback Stafon Johnson, safety Taylor Mays and tight end Anthony McCoy go to work during the week’s practices and in the game on Saturday at 1 p.m. on NFL Network, which is […]

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Morning Buzz

Here’s what ESPN draft analyst Todd McShay said about safety Taylor Mays. “We’ve seen Mays get caught out of position far too often to move him ahead of (Tennessee’s Eric) Berry . . . However it’s rare to find a defensive back with Mays’ size and speed combination.”

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TNYC: Random Thoughts From Week 14

Slick Rick, what were you thinking?  Here are my thoughts on Week 14: The hot post-game talk has been about Jeremy Bates/Pete Carroll's decision to drop a bomb on the Bruins after Slick Rick called a useless time-out late in the game.  All I gotta say is, if you take a jab, especially when it's […]

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HIGHLIGHTS: UCLA 2009

The defense looked like the defense Trojan fans are accustomed to. Interceptions, fumble recoveries, sacks, blocked passes, tackles for loss of yards was a common sight. Awesome performance! The offense still sputtered, but it was enough to win the game and that’s all that matters. Matt Barkley’s 48 yard touchdown pass to Damian Williams late […]

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Discussing the game

Hear what Taylor Mays, Allen Bradford, Matt Barkley, Everson Griffen and Coach Carroll are thinking about the UCLA game in this free video feature from USCTrojans.com, produced by Mark Haas.

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HIGHLIGHTS: Arizona State 2009

It wasn’t the prettiest win, but it’s nice to be back in the winning column nonetheless. Matt Barkley struggled in part due to an injury-plagued receiving corps, but his short pass to Damian Williams who took it 75 yards for a touchdown would be enough for the offense to pull out with a win. Not […]

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Two Pac-10 DBs are Thorpe semifinalists

Posted by ESPN.com’s Ted Miller Two Pac-10 defensive backs — USC safety Taylor Mays and UCLA cornerback Alterraun Verner — are among the 12 semifinalist for the Jim Thorpe Award, which is given annually to the nation’s best defensive back. UCLA safety Rahim Moore also was among five players who earned honorable mention. This list […]

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Matt Barkley Q & A: 10-29-09

(Photo by Icon Sports Media) Jeff Fellenzer, a professor at USC’s Annenberg School for Communication & Journalism, sat down with Matt Barkley for a very candid Q & A session. Here is a link to that interview and two excerpts Fellenzer: Have you experienced any special moments when your older teammates really showed faith in […]

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