USC Morning Buzz: An Awards Season Thought


Maybe the best thing about postseason awards is they stir debate. For example, UCLA linebacker Eric Kendricks won the Butkus Award but was only second-team all-Pac-12. The conference also selected USC wide receiver Juju Smith as a second-team special teams player. But at USC’s football banquet, linebacker Quinton Powell was named special teams player of the year.

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Can’t Blame This On Pac-12 Refs


During tonight’s Seahawks-Cardinals game, it was noted Seattle has committed the most penalties in the NFL and its opponents the fewest. That reminded me Pete Carroll had the same issue at USC.

USC opponents were called for the fewest penalties in the Pac-10 every year from 2004 to 2007.

“The same thing is happening again,” Carroll said in 2008. “There’s no explanation for it. … I just don’t understand how teams play so well against us for five years.”

At least in 2014 Carroll can’t blame the Pac-10 (now Pac-12) referees.

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Tyler Petite Update

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Tight end Tyler Petite, who switched his commitment from Duke to USC last week, caught seven passes for 102 yards yesterday as Campolindo defeated El Capitan, 35-28, in the California Division III state title game in Carson.

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