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2014 USC TROJANS FOOTBALL PREVIEW

July 31, 2014
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2014 USC TROJANS FOOTBALL PREVIEW

Southern California Trojans (1988 - 2001)

HEAD COACH: STEVE SARKISIAN, 1ST SEASON AT USC

OFFENSIVE CORDINATOR: CLAY HELTON

DEFENSIVE COORDINATOR: JUSTIN WILCOX

LAST LEAGUE TITLE: 2008

RETURNING STARTERS: 16, 6 OFFENSE, 8 DEFENSE, KICKER AND PUNTER

OFFENSE PPG: 29.7

RUSHING: 172.8

PASSING: 227.1

TOTAL OFFENSE: 399.9

SCORING DEFENSE: 21.2

RUSHING: 120.6

PASSING: 214.6

TOTAL DEFENSE: 335.2

TURNOVER MARGIN: +5

Southern California Trojans (1993 - Pres)

Southern California football fans are looking for a return to the national spotlight with new head coach Steve Sarkisian. Three coaches later and 10 wins in 2013 are now behind the Trojans and there is plenty to be optimistic about in 2014.

USC will run a no-huddle, pro-style offense that will mirror Oregon…lots of scoring! QB Cody Kessler is back and will have to learn a new offense behind a suspect offensive line. Kessler isn’t a typical pro-style QB and didn’t play very well in big games. Kessler will have a talented backfield to work with in TB’s Javorius Allen and Tre Madden. WR’s Nelson Agholor and Darreus Rogers could be big time playmakers on the outside. Freshmen Steven Mitchell and John Smith will give the Trojans four excellent go-to-receivers. The offensive line returns three starters including LT Chad Wheeler, LG Aundrey Walker and C Max Tuerk. The biggest question marks will come at RG and RT.

Eight starters return on the Trojans defense including DT Leonard Williams. Williams could very well be a “top five” pick in next year’s NFL draft. Williams is the anchor of the defense and LB Hayes Pullard is the heart and soul. Pullard is a four-year starter and the team captain and will be leaning another scheme under his third DC. DE Delvin Simmons will start after transferring from Texas Tech. Simmons is huge (6-6 300) and has excellent speed and quickness. NT Antwaun Woods will get the start after having a great spring. The secondary returns three starters including Kevon Seymour at CB, Josh Shaw at CB and SS Su’a Cravens. The one question mark comes at FS with sophomore Leon McQuay III or Gerald Bowman getting the nod. Adoree Jackson will challenge Seymour and Shaw for the starting job at corner.

Another 10 win season isn’t out of the question at USC, but that may not be enough for the Trojan faithful who want more than a 2nd place finish in the PAC-12 South. After opening with Fresno State, the Trojans travel to Stanford and Coach Sarkisian has had problems winning big games. The final two games will be at UCLA and home against Notre Dame, two teams Sarkisian hasn’t beaten in four attempts.

Southern California Trojans (1992 - Pres)

2014 SCHEDULE:

 

Date Opponent / Event Location Time / Result
08/30/14 vs. Fresno State TV L.A. Coliseum 4:30 p.m. PT
09/06/14 at Stanford * TV Stanford, Calif. 12:30 p.m. PT
09/13/14 at Boston College TV Chestnut Hill, Mass. 8:00 p.m. ET
09/27/14 vs. Oregon State * L.A. Coliseum TBA
10/04/14 vs. Arizona State * L.A. Coliseum TBA
10/11/14 at Arizona * Tucson, Ariz. TBA
10/18/14 vs. Colorado * L.A. Coliseum TBA
10/25/14 at Utah * Salt Lake City, Utah TBA
11/01/14 at Washington State * Pullman, Wash. TBA
11/13/14 vs. California * TV L.A. Coliseum 6:00 p.m. PT
11/22/14 at UCLA * Pasadena, Calif. TBA
11/29/14 vs. Notre Dame L.A. Coliseum TBA


Southern California Trojans (1993 - Pres)

2014 ROSTER:

 

 
NONAMEPOSHTWTYREXPHometown (Last School)
1 rogers darreus Rogers, Darreus WR 73 6-1 215 3 SO 1V Compton, CA (Carson)
2 jackson adoree' Jackson, Adoree' CB-WR 71 5-11 185 1 FR HS Belleville, IL (Serra)
4 hawkins chris Hawkins, Chris CB 71 5-11 185 2 RS FR SQ Rancho Cucamonga, CA (Rancho Cucamonga)
4 browne max Browne, Max QB 77 6-5 220 2 RS FR SQ Sammamish, WA (Skyline)
6 shaw josh Shaw, Josh CB-S 73 6-1 200 8 RS SR 2V Palmdale, CA (Florida)
6 kessler cody Kessler, Cody QB 73 6-1 210 6 RS JR 2V Bakersfield, CA (Centennial HS)
7 mitchell steven Mitchell, Steven WR 70 5-10 185 2 RS FR SQ Pasadena, CA (Bishop Alemany HS)
8 farmer george Farmer, George WR 73 6-1 220 6 RS JR 2V Los Angeles, CA (Serra HS)
9 smith juju Smith, JuJu WR-S 74 6-2 210 1 FR HS Signal Hill, CA (Poly)
10 pullard hayes Pullard, Hayes ILB 73 6-1 235 8 RS SR 3V Inglewood, CA (Crenshaw HS)
10 greene jalen Greene, Jalen QB 74 6-2 200 1 FR HS Inglewood, CA (Serra)
13 seymour kevon Seymour, Kevon CB 72 6-0 185 5 JR 2V Pasadena, CA (Muir HS)
13 dixon bryce Dixon, Bryce TE 76 6-4 240 1 FR HS Oxnard, CA (St. Bonaventure)
14 johnson rahshead Johnson, Rahshead WR-CB 71 5-11 175 1 FR HS Compton, CA (Cabrillo)
15 agholor nelson Agholor, Nelson WR 73 6-1 190 5 JR 2V Tampa, FL (Berkeley Prep)
16 brown anthony Brown, Anthony CB 69 5-9 190 8 RS SR 3V Rialto, CA (Kaiser HS)
16 neyer anthony Neyer, Anthony QB 74 6-2 205 8 RS SR SQ Palm Desert, CA (Xavier College Prep/Los Angeles Pierce JC/Idaho)
17 shelton devian Shelton, Devian CB 73 6-1 180 4 RS SO 1V Inglewood, CA (Inglewood HS)
17 bridgford alex Bridgford, Alex QB 75 6-3 190 4 RS SO TR Mission Viejo, CA (Redlands)
18 harris ajene Harris, Ajene WR 71 5-11 180 1 FR HS Los Angeles, CA (Crenshaw)
18 powell quinton Powell, Quinton OLB 74 6-2 200 3 SO 1V Deltona, FL (Mainland HS)
19 sullivan conner Sullivan, Conner QB 72 6-0 195 4 RS SO SQ Orange, CA (Orange Lutheran)
19 hutchings michael Hutchings, Michael ILB 73 6-1 210 3 SO 1V Antioch, CA (De La Salle HS)
21 cravens su'a Cravens, Su'a S 73 6-1 225 3 SO 1V Los Angeles, CA (Vista Murrieta)
22 davis justin Davis, Justin TB 73 6-1 195 3 SO 1V Stockton, CA (Lincoln)
22 mcquay iii leon McQuay III, Leon S 73 6-1 185 3 SO 1V Seffner, FL (Armwood)
23 madden tre Madden, Tre TB 73 6-1 225 6 RS JR 2V Aliso Viejo, CA (Mission Viejo HS)
23 lockett johathan Lockett, Johathan CB 71 5-11 175 1 FR HS Bellflower, CA (Mater Dei)
24 steen elijah Steen, Elijah S 72 6-0 190 4 RS SO JC Irvine, CA (Orange Coast JC)
25 simmons lamont Simmons, Lamont CB 74 6-2 185 1 FR HS Jacksonville, FL (Raines)
26 toland iv james Toland IV, James TB 71 5-11 185 2 RS FR SQ Indio, CA (Shadow Hills)
27 mellstrom david Mellstrom, David WR 72 6-0 180 6 RS JR SQ Round Hill, VA (Virginia Tech)
27 bowman gerald Bowman, Gerald S 72 6-0 205 8 RS SR 2V Philadelphia, PA (Los Angeles Pierce JC)
28 tober christian Tober, Christian WR 68 5-8 175 5 JR 1V San Clemente, CA (San Clemente HS)
28 dillard ryan Dillard, Ryan CB 69 5-9 185 5 JR 2V Buford, GA (Buford HS)
30 carrasco kevin Carrasco, Kevin CB 72 6-0 185 3 SO SQ Santa Clarita, CA (Notre Dame)
30 morgan d.j. Morgan, D.J. TB 70 5-10 180 8 RS SR 2V Pacoima, CA (Taft HS)
31 vainuku soma Vainuku, Soma FB 72 6-0 270 6 RS JR 2V Eureka, CA (Eureka HS)
31 plattenburg john Plattenburg, John CB 71 5-11 180 1 FR HS Houston, TX (Lamar)
34 tucker olajuwon Tucker, Olajuwon ILB 75 6-3 220 1 FR HS Harbor City, CA (Serra)
35 johnson adrian Johnson, Adrian S 71 5-11 195 4 RS SO SQ Portland, OR (Sunset)
35 albarado kris Albarado, Kris P 70 5-10 200 6 RS JR 1V Lake Charles, LA (St. Louis HS)
37 lopes matt Lopes, Matt S 71 5-11 180 2 RS FR SQ Palos Verdes Estates, CA (Palos Verdes)
37 allen javorius Allen, Javorius TB 73 6-1 220 6 RS JR 2V Tallahasse, FL (Lincoln HS)
38 pinner jahleel Pinner, Jahleel FB 71 5-11 235 5 JR 2V Rancho Santa Margarita, CA (Mission Viejo HS)
39 wood alex Wood, Alex PK 70 5-10 175 4 RS SO 1V Mercer Island, WA (Mercer Island HS)
40 hart pat Hart, Pat FB 0   240 2 RS FR SQ Burridge, IL (Fenwick)
40 ruffin jabari Ruffin, Jabari OLB 75 6-3 240 4 RS SO 1V Downey, CA (Downey HS)
41 dooley rob Dooley, Rob S 73 6-1 195 4 RS SO 1V Chicago, IL (Loyola Academy)
42 nwosu uchenna Nwosu, Uchenna OLB-ILB 75 6-3 210 1 FR HS Carson, CA (Narbonne)
42 baker teddy Baker, Teddy TE 76 6-4 265 8 RS SR TR Longmeadow, MA (Wesleyan)
44 guzman christian Guzman, Christian WR 75 6-3 220 4 RS SO SQ Desert Hot Springs, CA (Mt. San Antonio JC)
44 dorton malik Dorton, Malik OLB 74 6-2 250 1 FR HS Los Angeles, CA (St. John Bosco)
45 krassenstein joey Krassenstein, Joey P 75 6-3 220 6 RS JR SQ Shanghai, China (Shanghai American School Puxi Campus)
45 burks charles Burks, Charles OLB 71 5-11 225 6 RS JR 2V Costa Mesa, CA (Edison HS)
46 minor aaron Minor, Aaron WR 74 6-2 200 2 RS FR SQ Lakewood, CA (Mayfair)
47 ross taylor Ross, Taylor TB 70 5-10 190 6 RS JR SQ Newport Beach, CA (Sage Hill)
47 starr scott Starr, Scott OLB 74 6-2 230 4 RS SO 2V Norco, CA (Norco HS)
48 basalari jack Basalari, Jack P 71 5-11 175 2 RS FR SQ Pasadena, CA (Marantha)
48 heidari andre Heidari, Andre PK 71 5-11 220 7 SR 3V Bakersfield, CA (Stockdale HS)
49 spears connor Spears, Connor TE 78 6-6 240 3 SO TR Dakota Dunes, SD (Columbia)
50 lobendahn toa Lobendahn, Toa OG 75 6-3 280 1 FR HS Cerritos, CA (La Habra)
51 foy joel Foy, Joel ILB 74 6-2 215 2 RS FR TR Anaheim, CA (Air Force)
51 mama damien Mama, Damien OG 77 6-5 370 1 FR HS Bellflower, CA (St. John Bosco)
52 simmons delvon Simmons, Delvon DT 77 6-5 295 6 RS JR SQ McKeesport, PA (Texas Tech)
55 dawson lamar Dawson, Lamar ILB 73 6-1 230 7 SR 3V Junction City, KY (Boyle County HS)
56 sarao anthony Sarao, Anthony ILB 72 6-0 220 6 RS JR 2V Egg Harbor Township, NJ (Holy Spirit HS)
56 austin jordan Austin, Jordan OT 77 6-5 280 1 FR HS Claremont, CA (Claremont)
57 schlossberg nick Schlossberg, Nick ILB 72 6-0 215 4 RS SO SQ San Diego, CA (La Jolla Country Day)
58 tavai j.r. Tavai, J.R. OLB 74 6-2 250 7 SR 3V Redondo Beach, CA (Mira Costa HS)
59 hill don Hill, Don OLB 75 6-3 245 1 FR HS Boise, ID (Timberline)
60 talamaivao viane Talamaivao, Viane C 75 6-3 330 1 FR HS Moreno Valley, CA (Centennial)
61 mcbride peter McBride, Peter SNP 73 6-1 215 6 RS JR 2V Scottsdale, AZ (Chaparral HS)
62 rodgers khaliel Rodgers, Khaliel OG 74 6-2 295 2 RS FR SQ New Castle, DE (Eastern Christian Academy)
63 di poalo giovanni Di Poalo, Giovanni C 76 6-4 280 8 RS SR 1V Ventura, CA (St. Bonaventure HS)
64 stevens dane Stevens, Dane OL 75 6-3 310 2 RS FR SQ Marietta, GA (Mt. Paran Christian)
65 jepsen erick Jepsen, Erick OG 74 6-2 295 6 RS JR 1V Moreno Valley, CA (La Quinta)
68 simmons jordan Simmons, Jordan OG 76 6-4 350 4 RS SO 1V Inglewood, CA (Crespi HS)
70 walker aundrey Walker, Aundrey OG 78 6-6 315 7 SR 3V Cleveland, OH (Glenville HS)
72 wheeler chad Wheeler, Chad OT 79 6-7 280 4 RS SO 1V Santa Monica, CA (Santa Monica HS)
73 banner zach Banner, Zach OT 81 6-9 350 4 RS SO 1V Tacoma, WA (Lakes HS)
74 falah nico Falah, Nico OT 76 6-4 285 2 RS FR SQ Hermosa Beach, CA (St. John Bosco HS)
75 tuerk max Tuerk, Max C 78 6-6 285 5 JR 2V Trabuco Canyon, CA (Santa Margarita HS)
76 guertler nathan Guertler, Nathan OT 77 6-5 270 8 RS SR 3V Norco, CA (Norco)
77 brown chris Brown, Chris OT 77 6-5 295 1 FR HS Los Angeles, CA (Loyola)
79 miller jeff Miller, Jeff DE 73 6-1 245 4 RS SO 1V Southlake, TX (Carroll HS)
82 telfer randall Telfer, Randall TE 76 6-4 260 8 RS SR 3V Rancho Cucamonga, CA (Rancho Cucamonga HS)
83 katrib george Katrib, George WR 72 6-0 185 5 JR 2V Diamond Bar, CA (Diamond Bar HS)
85 blackwell victor Blackwell, Victor WR 73 6-1 195 6 RS JR 2V Cerritos, CA (Mater Dei HS)
86 kolanz robby Kolanz, Robby WR 70 5-10 170 4 RS SO 1V Palos Verdes Estates, CA (Palos Verdes)
87 willson chris Willson, Chris TE 77 6-5 250 8 RS SR 1V West Covina, CA (Wake Forest)
88 cope-fitzpatrick jalen Cope-Fitzpatrick, Jalen TE 76 6-4 250 5 JR 2V Rocklin, CA (Whitney HS)
89 sullivan shane Sullivan, Shane TE 76 6-4 215 8 RS SR 1V Orange, CA (Air Force Prep/Wyoming/ Mt. San Antionio JC)
90 pelon claude Pelon, Claude DT 76 6-4 295 6 RS JR TR Orlando, FL (Mesa CC)
92 smith zach Smith, Zach SNP 73 6-1 210 3 SO 1V Redwood City, CA (Menlo School)
93 townsend jr. greg Townsend Jr., Greg DE 75 6-3 275 6 RS JR 1V Los Angeles, CA (Beverely Hills HS)
94 williams leonard Williams, Leonard DE 77 6-5 300 5 JR 2V Daytona Beach, FL (Mainland HS)
95 bigelow kenny Bigelow, Kenny DT 75 6-3 310 2 RS FR SQ Elkton, MD (Eastern Christian Academy)
96 augello joey Augello, Joey DT 72 6-0 290 5 JR 1V Rolling Hills Estates, CA (Los Angeles Harbor JC)
98 temple cody Temple, Cody DT 74 6-2 310 6 RS JR 1V Bakersfield, CA (Liberty HS)
99 woods antwaun Woods, Antwaun DT 73 6-1 325 6 RS JR 2V Los Angeles, CA (Taft HS)
Coaches
Steve Sarkisian - Head Coach
Tim Drevno - Offensive Line Coach/Running Game Coordinator
Clay Helton - Offensive Coordinator/Quarterbacks Coach
Keith Heyward - Defensive Backs Coach/Pass Game Coordinator Defense
Tee Martin - Wide Receivers Coach/Pass Game Coordinator
Johnny Nansen - Running Backs/Special Teams Coord./Asst. Head Coach
Peter Sirmon - Linebackers/Recruiting Coord./Assoc. Head Coach Def.
Marques Tuiasosopo - Tight Ends Coach/Associate Head Coach Offense
Justin Wilcox - Defensive Coordinator
Chris Wilson - Defensive Line
Ricky Brown - Defensive Administrative Assistant
Kyle DeVan - Offensive Assistant
Jaron Fairman - Offensive Assistant
Patrick Henderson - Defensive Administration Assistant
Keynodo Hudson - Defensive Administrative Assistant
Steve Murillo - Offensive Administrative Assistant
Drew Pearson - Defensive Administration Assistant
Lenny Vandermade - Offensive Administrative Assistant
Eric Ziskin - Director of Football Scouting
Jared Blank - Director of Football Operations
Alex Rios - Recruiting Analyst
Catherine Rollinson - Administrative Assistant
Cheryl Taplin - Executive Assistant to Head Coach
Scott Thompson - Director of Player Personnel
Joseph Wood - Assistant Director of Football Operations



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