USC Now
All Trojans all the time
USC Now mailbag: LenDale White, Josh Shaw and Student Body Left

Want a question answered in a future USC Now mailbag?

Don't hesitate to email me at LNThiry@gmail.com and I will respond on a future Friday.

Here is a sample of what you wrote in about this week. 

Observation: Perhaps LenDale White is still a little defensive about not gaining the needed two yards in the 2006 Rose Bowl game, which resulted in Texas getting the ball and driving for the winning score.

-- Dana Roth, Pasadena

Reply: Of course he is!

After a great career at USC, that’s what some people seem to remember him for -- the time he came up short.

But don’t forget, White’s list of accomplishments is long.

The Trojans were 37-2 and won two national titles in White’s three seasons.

Playing in the same backfield with Heisman Trophy winner Reggie Bush, he rushed for 3,159 yards and a school-record 52 touchdowns.

White was a key contributor in USC’s 55-19 victory over Oklahoma in the 2005 Orange Bowl and -- despite falling short of a first down -- contributed in the Trojans’ 41-38 loss...

Read more
Watch Gary Klein and Lindsey Thiry preview USC at Utah

USC, ranked 20th, plays 19th-ranked Utah on Saturday at Rice-Eccles Stadium in Salt Lake City.

The Trojans improved to 5-2 overall, 4-1 in Pac-12 Conference play after a 56-28 victory over Colorado at the Coliseum.

Utah -- 5-1, 2-1 -- needed double overtime to defeat Oregon State, 29-23, on Oct. 16 in Corvallis, Ore. 

Times beat reporter Gary Klein joins me to preview the game.

Here's the rundown:

  • Pac-12 South showdown
  • Cody Kessler repeat performance?
  • Max Tuerk and USC's offensive line
  • Utah's quarterback situation
  • DeVontae Book versus Javorius Allen
Read more
Linebacker Anthony Sarao is ready for another productive performance

USC linebacker Anthony Sarao made 12 tackles last week against Colorado, tying a career best.

The junior from New Jersey will be active again Saturday night when the No.  20 Trojans play No. 19 Utah at Rice-Eccles Stadium.

Utah running back Devontae Booker rushed for 229 yards against Oregon State and is averaging 123.7 yards rushing per game.

Sarao, who also had 12 tackles last season against Stanford, said the 5-foot-11, 203-pound Booker "never goes down on the first tackle."

USC's run defense has improved since giving up 452 yards rushing against Boston College.

The Trojans gave up 52 yards rushing against Oregon State, 31 against Arizona State, 77 against Arizona and 170 against Colorado.

Read more
USC football morning report

Fact of the day: Utah is two points away from being undefeated this season. The Utes' lone defeat was to Washington State, 28-27, on Sept. 27.

USC, ranked 20th, plays 19th-ranked Utah on Saturday at Rice-Eccles Stadium in Salt Lake City.

The Trojans improved to 5-2 overall and 4-1 in Pac-12 Conference play after a 56-28 victory over Colorado on Saturday at the Coliseum.

Utah -- 5-1, 2-1 -- needed double overtime to defeat Oregon State, 29-23, Oct. 16 in Corvallis, Ore. 

In The Times:

-- Ronnie Lott is keeping an eye on Su'a Cravens

-- Max Tuerk is preparing for noise

-- USC basketball at Pac-12 Media Day

-- Saturday's college football TV schedule

-- Year of the high school quarterbacks, including USC commit Ricky Town

Questions or comments about USC? Email me at LNThiry@gmail.com or tweet @LindseyThiry and I will respond to select emails in a weekly USC Now mailbag

Read more
Antwaun Woods welcomes the noise at Rice-Eccles Stadium

Visiting teams find Utah’s Rice-Eccles Stadium notoriously loud.

USC’s Antwaun Woods loves the noise.

“It gets me going,” said Woods, a junior defensive tackle. “The energy, all the fans going against you – yelling at you.”

Woods said the noise makes him eager “to prove them wrong and make them be quiet.”

The Trojans silenced a capacity crowd in 2012 when they came back to defeat the Utes, 38-28, after falling behind 14-0 in three minutes.

“It was hostile for all four quarters,” Woods said.

Questions or comments about USC? Email me at LNThiry@gmail.com or @LindseyThiry and I will respond to select emails in a weekly USC Now mailbag.

Read more
USC freshman Viane Talamaivao already has memories at Utah

Viane Talamaivao will play at Utah for the first time Saturday.

But the USC freshman already has memories from Rice-Eccles Stadium.

“I have baby pictures of me in that stadium,” said Talamaivao, an offensive lineman whose uncle, Pene Talamaivao,  played for the Utes in the 1990s. “It’s kind of sentimental for me to go back and play in that stadium.”

The sentimentality could wear off quickly.

USC’s offensive line will try to slow one of the most aggressive pass rushes in college football and keep quarterback Cody Kessler out of harm’s way.

Utah end Nate Orchard has 13 tackles for losses, including 10 1/2 sacks.

“They get after the quarterback,” Talamaivao said, “so we’re going to have to protect him.”

Questions or comments about USC? Email me at LNThiry@gmail.com or tweet @LindseyThiry and I will answer select questions in a weekly USC Now mailbag.

Read more
Loading