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Chuma Edoga to start at left tackle for USC, with Chad Wheeler injured

Chuma Edoga will start at left tackle for USC against Alabama on Saturday, Coach Clay Helton announced on Monday on the Trojans Live radio show. The announcement means Chad Wheeler, the usual starter who has been hobbled by plantar fasciitis, is unlikely to play significant time against the Crimson...

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  • USC cornerback Jack Jones is a Heisman Trophy candidate, says Jones

    USC cornerback Jack Jones is a Heisman Trophy candidate, says Jones

    USC’s freshman cornerback Jack Jones thinks Heisman Trophy handicappers have made an oversight. In their preseason predictions, he says, they’ve overlooked an important player: Jones himself. “I expect myself to win the Heisman this year,” Jones said. “I know that’s pretty big for a freshman to...

  • For the first time since Reggie Bush and Lendale White, two USC backs eye 1,000 yards

    For the first time since Reggie Bush and Lendale White, two USC backs eye 1,000 yards

    Justin Davis is used to answering the questions of his fellow running backs. Davis is reliable and experienced, USC’s only senior tailback. Running backs coach Tommie Robinson calls him “the old man, he’s the gray beard guy,” and the younger teammates seek out his counsel. When Davis has a question,...

  • Teammate says he's '100% confident' in Max Browne, recently named starting QB

    Teammate says he's '100% confident' in Max Browne, recently named starting QB

    Max Browne huddled USC’s offense on the sideline during Tuesday’s practice, just as he will Sept. 3 against Alabama. He barked instructions, clapped and then jogged to the line of scrimmage. His teammates followed. Tuesday was Browne’s first practice since he received the news for which he waited...

  • After an unusually quiet training camp, USC turns attention to Alabama

    After an unusually quiet training camp, USC turns attention to Alabama

    When USC’s annual Salute to Troy event concluded Friday evening, it did so quietly, save for a brief salvo of fireworks. Boosters, coaches and families filed out neatly into the cool evening. The event serves as a sometimes-raucous culmination of training camp. A year ago, it was the site of then-coach...

  • Recruiting: USC’s long-term success could hinge on how Trojans fare this season

    Recruiting: USC’s long-term success could hinge on how Trojans fare this season

    USC football recruiting, once a well-oiled machine that nearly always landed its targets, is in transition. After four coaching changes in three seasons — and an absence from a premier bowl game since 2009 — prospects once lured by the Trojans’ rich tradition and history now watch with a critical...

  • After losing quarterback competition, what's next for USC's Sam Darnold?

    After losing quarterback competition, what's next for USC's Sam Darnold?

    San Clemente High Coach Jaime Ortiz entered the 2012 season thinking he had a plan. A senior named Sean Donnelly would start at quarterback, Ortiz figured. The veteran had waited his turn and learned under Travis Wilson, the quarterback who went on to set the school record for career starts at...

  • UCLA edges out USC in the first Associated Press top 25 rankings

    UCLA edges out USC in the first Associated Press top 25 rankings

    Almost every other day, as if on a schedule, an out-of-towner walks into USC’s training camp with variations on the same questions. USC Coach Clay Helton has practiced the answers by rote. No, he says, USC isn’t worried about its punishing slate of games. Yes, he says, the Trojans believe it’s...

  • Max Browne named USC's starting quarterback over Sam Darnold

    Max Browne named USC's starting quarterback over Sam Darnold

    USC Coach Clay Helton has named Max Browne as the team’s starting quarterback, the team announced Saturday, ending a months-long competition for the job with the redshirt-freshman challenger Sam Darnold. Helton summoned both quarterbacks early Saturday afternoon to inform them and their families...

  • USC will name either Max Browne or Sam Darnold as starting quarterback on Saturday

    USC will name either Max Browne or Sam Darnold as starting quarterback on Saturday

    Max Browne and Sam Darnold lingered on the field after USC’s scrimmage on Friday, squinting in the sun as Coach Clay Helton marched their way. Training camp was over. So, too, was their chance to influence USC’s surprisingly tight quarterback competition. Now the decision resided with Helton alone....

  • JuJu Smith-Schuster's coaches wouldn't mind if he took it easy now and then

    JuJu Smith-Schuster's coaches wouldn't mind if he took it easy now and then

    JuJu Smith-Schuster’s 2015 season made him a household name among college football fans, but he might have taken that largest step toward contemporary American sports stardom this summer. He got in trouble because of Snapchat. Most days, including after USC’s twice-weekly 6 a.m. workouts, Smith-Schuster...

  • There's talent among USC's linebackers, but how they play as a group remains to be seen

    There's talent among USC's linebackers, but how they play as a group remains to be seen

    Justin Davis flitted to his left on a third-down run Wednesday, probing for the edge. It was in vain:  Outside linebacker Porter Gustin had rammed his blocker two yards into the backfield. Davis stuttered and scanned. Behind him, the offensive line had paved a hole through the defensive front,...

  • Sloppy scrimmage further muddles USC's quarterback race

    Sloppy scrimmage further muddles USC's quarterback race

    Max Browne took the snap and dropped back for his first pass of the day. He spied Steven Mitchell Jr. running across the field and unfurled a pass. The ball hit Mitchell’s hands. The ball bounced out of Mitchell’s hands. Ykili Ross pounced. And so the first pass of the final week of USC’s quarterback...

  • Zach Banner, USC's biggest big man, is a little bit less so

    Zach Banner, USC's biggest big man, is a little bit less so

    Zach Banner slouched at a table during Pac-12 media days last month, across from USC teammate Adoree’ Jackson, and muttered to himself. Jackson, 5 feet 11, 185 pounds, was holding court, expounding on his peculiar eating habits. Banner, 6-9, just shy of double Jackson’s weight, was trying not to...

  • USC's center-quarterback exchanges haven't been a snap

    USC's center-quarterback exchanges haven't been a snap

    Max Browne stood in the shotgun formation  during Saturday’s practice, waiting. Toa Lobendahn flicked his wrist to snap the ball. Browne still waited — the ball never reached him, so he lunged, the ball wriggled away, and the defense pounced on it. Such has been life for USC’s quarterbacks, who’ve...

  • Versatile USC athlete Adoree' Jackson wants to be a star cornerback

    Versatile USC athlete Adoree' Jackson wants to be a star cornerback

    Adoree’ Jackson settled in on the evening of Aug. 1, turned on the television and partook in that great modern American pastime: he flicked on the finale of “The Bachelorette.” To his 20,000 Twitter followers, he provided running commentary on the reality dating show, lamenting the gratuitous kissing,...

  • To prep for bruising schedule, USC varies the tempo at practice

    To prep for bruising schedule, USC varies the tempo at practice

    Within five seconds of USC breaking the huddle on Thursday, the ball had already been snapped and Justin Davis had already taken a handoff and scampered off the right side of the line. Many other times this training camp, Max Browne or Sam Darnold has barked out plays without huddling at all. Occasionally,...

  • Sam Darnold keeps quarterback battle tight in USC's first scrimmage

    Sam Darnold keeps quarterback battle tight in USC's first scrimmage

    The managers manning USC’s yardage markers were atwitter on Wednesday. Sam Darnold darted passes across the field, mostly safe and short: ins, outs, screens and check-downs. The chains kept moving. On one play, Darnold  eluded a heavy pass rush by scrambling to his right, then uncorked a pass,...

  • Q&A with Lynn Swann: 'It's important to be a good caretaker'

    Q&A with Lynn Swann: 'It's important to be a good caretaker'

    If all goes well in USC’s major revenue sports, Lynn Swann could be in for a smooth ride as athletic director. Clay Helton was promoted to head football coach not long before Swann’s hiring. Basketball Coach Andy Enfield received an extension, too. Former athletic director Pat Haden will remain...

  • USC hears more pads popping but doesn't yet know if physicality has improved

    USC hears more pads popping but doesn't yet know if physicality has improved

    The defense surged across the south sideline at f the Coliseum and onto the field, players unable to contain their excitement. Some squealed in delight. Pads popped. More often than not, the defense, wearing white, was tattooing the offense, in red. USC practiced in full pads for the first time...

  • Stoic, confident Sam Darnold is making USC's quarterback decision difficult

    Stoic, confident Sam Darnold is making USC's quarterback decision difficult

    The first great pass Sam Darnold ever threw was probably a misread. He hadn’t had much time to prepare. Darnold was a sophomore at San Clemente High, a starting receiver and linebacker. He was playing quarterback only because the starter got hurt. His team trailed by seven against Tesoro. Darnold...

  • USC's running backs have learned to 'fly.' Now they must learn to block

    USC's running backs have learned to 'fly.' Now they must learn to block

    One of Tommie Robinson’s first actions this training camp, upon returning as USC’s running backs coach following a stint at Texas, was to deliver some unwanted news to Ronald Jones II. “When I got here I told him, I said, ‘Hey, look here man, you’ve gotta block,’ ” Robinson said, recounting, and...

  • USC's Max Browne, willing to wait for it, has two weeks to make patience pay off

    USC's Max Browne, willing to wait for it, has two weeks to make patience pay off

    Max Browne was sitting outside USC’s campus center one day this summer, red Razor scooter folded near his feet, talking about transferring. “You kind of get in that mind-set that, shoot, I’ve gotta play now,” Browne was saying. “We’re in the world of: if you’re not playing now, you’re transferring.”...

  • Steven Mitchell lunges into big role at receiver for USC

    Steven Mitchell lunges into big role at receiver for USC

    Steven Mitchell threaded through the secondary and cut hard once, angling to the middle of the field during USC’s third day of training camp Saturday. Quarterback Max Browne lofted a ball his way, maybe just a bit too far. With a burst, Mitchell caught up with it, lunged and completed the reception...

  • USC's young defensive line has little time for growing pains

    USC's young defensive line has little time for growing pains

    Khaliel Rodgers approached USC Coach Clay Helton one day this summer with an idea. Rodgers, who started six games at center last season after injuries thrust him into the role, was not the favorite to win the job this season. Still, he wanted to be of service somehow. “I honestly just wanted to...

  • Clay Helton feels like it's Christmas in August as USC opens camp

    Clay Helton feels like it's Christmas in August as USC opens camp

    The modest crowd had trickled out and the air was cool as Clay Helton stepped in front of the row of television cameras Thursday after the first evening of his first training camp as USC’s coach. “For a football coach, this is kind of like Christmas,” Helton said, smiling. “The last three days,...

  • Rams safety T.J. McDonald ready to return to Coliseum

    Rams safety T.J. McDonald ready to return to Coliseum

    Rams safety T.J. McDonald never thought he’d play in the Coliseum again, but the former USC standout will make his return Saturday when the Rams practice on their temporary field for the first time. The Rams are scheduled to play home games at the Coliseum for three seasons before their new stadium...

  • As USC opens camp, the questions are on the field, for now

    As USC opens camp, the questions are on the field, for now

    At USC, a boring fall camp is a luxury, and a rarity. Last season, the Trojans were rocked by Coach Steve Sarkisian’s erratic behavior, which eventually led to his firing. Two seasons ago, it was a defensive back’s story of heroism that turned out to be a fabrication. Now, USC has turned to Clay...

  • USC No. 5 on AP all-time college football rankings; UCLA at 17

    USC No. 5 on AP all-time college football rankings; UCLA at 17

    The Associated Press has been ranking the best teams in college football for the last 80 seasons. Since the first top 20 in 1936, 1,103 polls have been taken and 164 schools have been ranked. To determine an all-time top 100 for the first time, the AP counted poll appearances (one point) to mark...

  • Bills sign former USC great Reggie Bush

    Bills sign former USC great Reggie Bush

    Running back Reggie Bush wasn't going to let a freak accident on the concrete surface ringing the Edward Jones Dome field in St. Louis end his career.  Declaring his surgically repaired left knee 100 percent, Bush eagerly looked forward to the opportunity of playing an 11th NFL season — and on...

  • USC training camp practices open to public

    USC training camp practices open to public

    USC is scheduled to open football training camp Aug. 4 on Howard Jones Field.  Practices will be open to the public through Aug. 19, but will be closed for the remainder of the season. Fans can view practices from the east sideline of Howard Jones Field or the south stands of the Coliseum. Here...

  • Todd McNair's lawsuit against NCAA on hold once again

    Todd McNair's lawsuit against NCAA on hold once again

    Former USC assistant football coach Todd McNair’s long-running defamation lawsuit against the NCAA is on hold once again. California’s 2nd District Court of Appeal paused the case Monday after McNair’s attorneys contested the removal of the Los Angeles Superior Court judge overseeing it. The NCAA...

  • Letters: Readers play the numbers game

    Letters: Readers play the numbers game

    Until the Dodgers finally come to their senses and retire Gil Hodges’ No. 14, clubhouse manager Mitch Poole [“Digital Domination,” July 19] should exercise his discretion, as he has been doing with Fernando's No. 34, and not give out No. 14. And, for that matter, how about the No. 36 of Don Newcombe,...

  • Track: Michael Norman wins 200 at World U20 Championships

    Track: Michael Norman wins 200 at World U20 Championships

    Michael Norman barely lost out on a berth for the U.S. Olympic track and field team, but he has become a world champion. The Vista Murrieta graduate headed to USC won the 200 meters at the IAAF World U20 Championships in Bydgoszcz, Poland, on Friday, running away from the field in 20.17 seconds....

  • USC cornerback Isaiah Langley suspended for Alabama opener

    USC cornerback Isaiah Langley suspended for Alabama opener

    USC cornerback Isaiah Langley has been suspended for the Trojans’ season-opening game against Alabama, Coach Clay Helton confirmed Monday, after Langley was arrested on  suspicion of three misdemeanor offenses in May. Langley was arrested on May 6 on UCLA’s campus on suspicion of trespassing, intoxication...

  • Offensive lineman Zach Banner prepares for final season at USC

    Offensive lineman Zach Banner prepares for final season at USC

    In five seasons at USC, Zach Banner will have played for five offensive line coaches. It was challenging without glancing through past media guides to even recall their names: James Cregg, Mike Summers, Tim Drevno, Bob Connelly and currently Neil Callaway.  Banner, listed at 6 feet 9 and 360 pounds,...

  • Former Trojan Nelson Agholor will not be charged in sexual assault

    Former Trojan Nelson Agholor will not be charged in sexual assault

    Former USC wide receiver Nelson Agholor will not be charged with a crime following accusations that he sexually assaulted a dancer at a Philadelphia club in June, Philadelphia District Attorney Seth Williams announced on Monday. In a statement, the district attorney’s office said it and the Philadelphia...

  • College football's targeting rule to get extra review

    College football's targeting rule to get extra review

    College football fans can expect more interruptions for targeting penalties this season. The NCAA rules committee approved a change that allows the replay booth to review a potential targeting penalty that was missed by officials on the field. The changes, outlined at Pac-12 Media Days on Friday by...

  • TV deal adds to conference’s reach but Pac-12 remains in stalemate with DirecTV

    TV deal adds to conference’s reach but Pac-12 remains in stalemate with DirecTV

    There was a split decision for the Pac-12 Conference on Thursday regarding broadcasts of its networks in Southern California: Frontier is in, and DirecTV remains out. A wider swath of the region will be able to watch the Pac-12 Networks after the conference announced it had reached a deal with...

  • Adoree' Jackson, USC's jack-of-all-trades, begins to specialize

    Adoree' Jackson, USC's jack-of-all-trades, begins to specialize

    Adoree’ Jackson gives the feeling of a shark in water, in constant motion. Smiling, with a belly full of McDonald’s (he’d ordered his regular on Wednesday night: four sandwiches, a large fries and a large sweet tea), he strutted into the main room at Pac-12 Conference media days on Thursday, patting...

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