Stat Of The Night

USC’s blocked some key field goals and won a game when Andre Heidari kicked a 53-yarder against Stanford. But the rest of special teams are well . . .

USC ranks 10th in kickoff coverage, 10th in net punting and 12th in kickoff returns. The Trojans are better on punt returns, ranking sixth.

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Andy Enfield At Pac-12 Media Day

USC coach Andy Enfield was asked today what the difference is from last season: “We have more athleticism, better shooting. We have an elite freshman point guard we recruited. We’ll be able to do more things this  year. But it is an adjustment year to year. Hopefully we’ll make the right ones.”

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Where Is Josh Shaw?

Another week passes with cornerback Josh Shaw suspended. Is he ever going to play? USC says little about his status. A reader offers his own theory: “Josh Shaw is still being listed as a USC captain in the weekly release.  He has essentially been `suspended’ seven games, and counting. That seems a bit excessive for lying, no matter how big the lie. I am guessing there is a problem arising out of the legal representation (impermissible benefit not available to other students). I am wondering when USC will come clean on this story.”

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USC Report

Time for an episode of USC Report where co-host Reid Silverman and I discuss the Utah game, LenDale White and an interesting statue.

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Running Back Depth Issue

"1018_SPT_LDN-L-USC-COLORADO -MB"It seems USC is a Javorius Allen injury away from being in a near-disaster at the tailback position. That would leave only Justin Davis.

Before he injured his hamstring, why wasn’t Soma Vainuku prepped at tailback? There was a lot of talk in the spring about how the new offense uses a fullback, but Vainuku’s seen little time at the position in games.

So why not make him a tailback instead of merely the special teams MVP. USC talks constantly about its depleted roster with less than 60 players available last week. So why not make Vainuku a tailback just in case?

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Player Spotlight: Mike Rae

RAEIn a return to our earlier series, let’s talk about the quarterback of what many consider the greatest team in college football histor, Mike Rae.

I’m spotlighting Rae because this week, USC noted Pat Haden threw seven touchdown passes in 1972, the same number as Cody Kessler threw last Saturday. But Rae was the starting quarterback on that team.

Rae passed for 1,754 yards with 114 completions in 199 attempts. He also rushed for 247 yards. And of course, he had a backfield of Anthony Davis, Rod McNeil and Sam Cunningham with him.

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