USC Picture Of The Day

USC.1990The 1990 USC football team was honored last weekend at Salute to Troy on its 25th anniversary and plenty of players showed up, including QB Todd Marinovich, who told me coming back to the campus reminded him of some fond times. The news from Salute to Troy overtook the reunions, so here is picture from that season featuring tailback Ricky Ervins against Stanford.

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Five USC Team Captains Is Actually Less Than A Year Ago

When USC announced its five captains yesterday, Steve Sarkisian said there were three defensive captains because the vote was so close, which made it sound like there are normally four captains.

But last year there were six captains elected (Cody Kessler, Max Tuerk, Nelson Agholor, Josh Shaw, Leonard Williams and Hayes Pullard). Maybe the vote was even closer last year and we never knew.

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Steve Sarkisian Is Not Lane Kiffin In One Key Respect

SARK.SCRIMMAGEToday’s announcement by Steve Sarkisian that offensive coordinator Clay Helton will call most plays highlights a departure between Sarkisian and his friend, former USC coach Lane Kiffin, who refused to relinquish playcalling duties when he was the Trojans coach.

Kiffin was too stubborn to give up playcalling and preferred to go down with the ship rather than change. Sarkisian looks like he made the move in the wake of his Salute to Troy meltdown but this was in the works since last spring.

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Iman Marshall With Another INT

During today’s mock game at the Coliseum, freshman cornerback Iman Marshall intercepted another pass, as he looks like a strong candidate to start at nickel back. Steve Sarkisian said Tre Madden would start at tailback as expected and that freshman Ronald Jones, who missed practice earlier in the week, was homesick but feels better now.

Alex Wood will be the kicker and handle kickoffs for the Arkansas State while Matt Boermeester is the backup, at least for now.

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Team Captains Named

CAPTAINSQuarterback Cody Kessler, center Max Tuerk, defensive tackle Antwaun Woods, linebacker Su’a Cravens and linebacker Anthony Sarao were named team captains today. The vote was so close on defense that three captains were named, Sarkisian said.

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Steve Sarkisian Hands Most Playcalling Duties To Clay Helton

SARK.SCRIMMAGE.2USC coach Steve Sarkisian said this afternoon offensive coordinator Clay Helton is “going to call the base game plan” this season, in order to allow Sarkisian more freedom to be the head coach. Sarkisian said he will probably be more involved on third downs and red-zone situations.

“I love calling plays,” Sarkisian said. “It’s what I do. (But) I don’t want to set offensive records and finish 8-5 or 9-4.”

With the change, Helton moves down to the sidelines for games this season and wide receivers coach Tee Martin will go up to the pressbox.

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