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So what did you think of Episode 2? I’m not going to give anything away but I always like any scene with a giant knocking down a gate or dragons. Feel free to discuss everything else, unless you did not watch, of course.

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USC Picture Of The Week

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In case you missed it, All-American offensive tackle Pete Adams carries his dog off the field during the 1972 season, likely in the Rose Bowl against Ohio State. The stray dog showed up during the year and Adams brought it to practices and team meetings.

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Su’a Cravens Picks Number


Su’a Cravens will wear No. 36 to honor the late Washington Redskins safety Sean Taylor. Taylor wore No. 36 as a rookie. He then switched to his preferred No. 21 which Cravens wore at USC because he looked up to Taylor. No Washington player has worn No. 21 since Taylor died in 2007.

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Good Day For Adoree Jackson


Adoree Jackson won the 100 meters (10.38), won the 4×100 relay with fellow football players Dominic Davis and Ronald Jones, won the long jump (25-4.75) and finished second in the 200 (21.08) at the USC-UCLA dual track meet.
Now it bears mentioning he is a long way from being where he needs to be to make the U.S. Olympic team in the long jump. The qualifying standard for the U.S. Olympic Trials is 26-5.

UPDATED: Despite Jackson’s heroics, UCLA won the men’s meet, 103-60. USC won the women’s meet, 97-66.

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Quarterback Recruiting Rankings

GOFFIf you look at the 2013 Rivals quarterback rankings, Jared Goff was the No. 8-ranked pro-style QB. Carson Wentz isn’t even listed among the 30 quarterbacks his class (2011). Neither is Paxton Lynch, the other first-round draft choice, for the Class of 2012 rankings.

When I mentioned this a couple years ago because Blake Bortles was ranked the 44th-best QB by Rivals but the No. 3 pick in the NFL draft, the recruiting-service shills said the rankings do not project NFL potential or success.

So let’s look closer at the Class of 2013 rankings: Max Browne was No. 1 and is probably going to start next season, so we can judge him later. The No. 2 QB, Christian Hackenberg, was a second-round pick, so not bad. The No. 3 QB, Hayden Rettig, could not even win the starting job at Rutgers last season and that’s his second school after starting out at LSU. The No. 4 QB, Shane Morris, has two starts at Michigan and redshirted last season because he had no chance of starting for Jim Harbaugh.

The No. 5 QB, Jeremy Johnson, got benched last season at Auburn and is trying to win back the job next season. The No. 6 QB, Ryan Burns, is trying to win the QB job at Stanford after sitting behind Kevin Hogan for 3 years. The No. 7 QB, Cody Thomas, quit football at Oklahoma in January to focus on baseball. He had three career starts. Goff was No. 8.

So what is my point? Recruiting rankings mean little. And getting a top 10 ranking is meaningless. Max Wittek was the No. 3-ranked pro-style QB in 2011. And he did not get drafted.

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USC Quote Of The Night

KESSLER.UCLA.SWORD“I do think Cody is a guy that I would not want to sleep on at all if I wanted to be the starting quarterback of the Browns.”

— Browns head of football operations Sashi Brown says Cody Kessler will compete with Robert Griffin III to be the starting quarterback

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USC Free Agent Signings

Here’s the initial list of undrafted players who signed free-agent contracts:

Antwaun Woods (Titans), Claude Pelon (Jets), Delvon Simmons (Colts), Soma Vainuku (Texans), Tre Madden (Seahawks). I’m also hearing Greg Townsend is going to sign with the Raiders, his dad’s team.

UPDATED: Linebacker Anthony Sarao signed with the Colts while Townsend did sign with the Raiders.

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Gotta Love The Cleveland Browns

I don’t know if Hue Jackson or Moneyball executive Paul DePodesta is making the Cleveland Browns draft choices but they are finding different ways to agitate me. The Browns took six wide receivers with 14 draft picks, including Jordan Payton of UCLA above. Six wide receivers!

Who do they think they are, USC? The Trojans have 13 wide receivers on scholarship. No wonder Pat Haden interviewed Jackson. I give Jackson/DePodesta credit for taking Arizona linebacker Scooby Wright in the seventh round.

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Kevon Seymour To Buffalo Bills

An ideal situation for USC cornerback Kevon Seymour, who goes to the Buffalo Bills in the sixth round. Why? Former USC safeties Dennis Thurman and Tim McDonald are the Bills’ defensive coordinator and secondary coach. They liked Seymour at USC’s Pro Day and will nurture him. He will also be reunited with former USC cornerback Nickell Robey.

UPDATED:  Seymour’s reaction: “I got some big brothers up there, Nickell Robey and Robert Woods I played with in college. It’s going to be great.”

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