What 10 Underclassmen Might Go To The NFL?

Clay Helton said he is getting NFL evaluations for 10 players. But the list of players who might go pro is really less than that: Porter Gustin has been hurt all year; Iman Marshall’s had a disappointing junior season; Cameron Smith’s told teammates he is coming back; Deontay Burnett is not physically ready for the NFL.

The real decisions are being made by Sam Darnold, Ronald Jones, Rasheem Green, Toa Lobendahn, Marvell Tell and Chuma Edoga.

I’m hearing Lobendahn is likely to go pro. Jones needs to go pro because he is a tailback and they tend to have shorter pro careers. Darnold should go pro if he is a top 5 pick. That leaves Green, Tell and Edoga.

Green is probably the most intriguing prospect to NFL teams and it would not surprise me if he leaves. Tell probably should come back for another season. Edoga is immature enough to leave even though he was wildly inconsistent (at best) this year.

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USC Morning Buzz: Coaches Deliver Few Straight Answers On Staff

How is USC going to replace Tyson Helton?

Clay Helton would not say much about it Tuesday. Meanwhile, offensive coordinator Tee Martin did a complete flip-flop. In late October, he complained that he wasn’t the quarterbacks coach and doesn’t get to talk to Sam Darnold enough.

“One of the tougher things is that I’m not the quarterbacks coach, so I don’t get to meet with him right before the game or on the practice field because I have receivers to coach … so there is a little communication gap there.”

But here was Martin on Tuesday: “I’ve coached quarterbacks in my career and got bored by doing it. When you get a taste of coaching wide receivers, it’s so much fun.

“I feel it’s best for me to be in the (wide receivers’ meeting) room. It gives me an opportunity to be around everyone.”

And what about talking to Darnold: ““I talk to him when I need to talk to him.”

Does Martin even think that his quotes contradict each other?

Wolf: USC coaches deliver few straight answers on coaching situations

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Sam Darnold On The Future

Will Tyson Helton’s departure impact Sam Darnold’s decision? “No. Not necessarily,” Darnold said. “I’m going to do that after the bowl game.”

Who will influence his decision? “Family,” Darnold said. “That’s pretty much it.”

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Post-Practice Report

Tyson Helton was not at practice and is not coaching the Cotton Bowl. Tee Martin said he expects to remain at USC as offensive coordinator. He said he was never interested in the offensive coordinator’s job at Tennessee.

Wide receiver Tyler Vaughns left practice with an injured shoulder. Ronald Jones tweaked his ankle as did wide receiver Velus Jones. Clay Helton did not sound optimistic about Porter Gustin (toe) playing in the Cotton Bowl.

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USC v. UCLA

Oregon Ducks media dayPhoto/The Oregonian

We hear new UCLA assistant coach Don Pellum, always the best-dressed coach in Pac-12, was already at a Southern California high school trying to flip a player committed to USC.

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Cotton Bowl Betting

Here is where the money is going according to Bovada for the Cotton Bowl.

USC                            +7        57%

Ohio State                    -7        43%

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