The Giant Horse mascot made an appearance at last night’s USC-Oregon State game. The mascot proves popular with young fans and should probably be at every home game instead of just a select handful.
Quarterback KJ Costello of Santa Margarita said he is close to making a college decision. USC and Stanford are his top choices and he might visit Michigan. Costello might be one of the top two quarterbacks in the Class of 2016 and would create quite a spring practice in 2016 if he graduates early.
That would mean Max Browne, Jalen Greene, Sam Darnold, Ricky Town and Costello would compete to replace Cody Kessler.
A big crowd of 5,529 showed up tonight ($1 hot dogs, popcorn) and USC beat Washington, 70-55, at the Galen Center.
“We should have more conference wins right now,” Coach Andy Enfield said. “We’re competing. We’re getting better.”
The current measure of improvement is that USC has won three conference games (3-14). Last year the Trojans won two (2-16) so I guess Enfield is right that USC is better.
Point guard Jordan McLaughlin underwent surgery on his right shoulder. Once it recovers, he is scheduled to have a similar operation on his left shoulder. McLaughlin’s shoulders repeatedly popped out of the sockets this season.
Can you recall the big deal made in games whenever a quarterback throws a block today? Well, that’s USC QB Pete Beathard attempting the goal-line tackle of Wisconsin fullback Ralph Kurek (34) in the 1963 Rose Bowl. And that’s College Football Hall of Fame wide receiver Hal Bedsole (19) also trying to stop Kurek. Players were required to go two ways in those days because of limited subtitution rules and Beathard often started at quarterback because he was athletic and not a defensive liability.