USC is honoring the 1967 team at Friday’s Salute to Troy so here is a picture from arguably the most-famous game in school history. It features quite a few notable players: UCLA QB Gary Beban (16), who won the Heisman Trophy; USC defensive ends Jimmy Gunn (56) and Tim Rossovich (88) were All-Americans. Gunn was also part of the Wild Bunch defensive line. Defensive tackle Bubba Scott (71) was another member of the Wild Bunch. Defensive tackle Gary Magner (75) was a fourth-round pick by the New York Jets.
Someone always tries to say Gunn wore No. 83. But in 1967 he wore No. 56. I included the rosters after the jump so you can see Gunn is 56.
By the way, among the players expected at Salute to Troy: Mike Hull; Harry Khasigian; Steve Lehmer; Bob Jensen; Mike Scarpace and Jim Snow. Khasigian and Lehmer were Academic All-Americans, Khasigian was a 2-time All-Conference selection and Hull played in the NFL.
Sports Illustrated’s preseason All-American team has Cameron Smith as a first-team selection and Sam Darnold as a second-team pick. Now that’s a role reversal. Who was picked ahead of Darnold? Oklahoma QB Baker Mayfield.
Bob Connelly was a controversial hire by Steve Sarkisian’s final season to be USC’s offensive line coach. Here is some background. Clay Helton fired him almost immediately after the final game in 2015.
Well, Connelly has gotten another coaching job. He is an assistant coach at Long Beach Poly.
USC’s kickers went 8 for 9 on field goals today. Many of them were chip shots: Michael Brown was 5-5 with field goals from 21, 25, 30, 36 and 45 yards. Chase McGrath went 3-4. He made 26, 30 and 37 yard field goals. He missed from 46 yards.
The coaches finally admitted today that Matt Fink is getting more reps at quarterback as they obviously want him to be the backup. That means Jack Sears would redshirt in a perfect situation barring injuries. But in a slight twist, Clay Helton and the staff admitted Jalen Greene could still play QB even without practice reps. I wouldn’t rule him out if Sam Darnold gets hurt.
As I mentioned earlier this week, it’s the 50th anniversary of the 1967 national championship team. Some members should be at Friday’s Salute to Troy. Of course, USC dodged the O.J. Simpson issue because he is still in jail until October. Here is the Oregon game . . . in color, of course.
I still won’t be surprised if true freshman Joseph Lewis becomes a key receiver this season. And one reason I’m saying is because it doesn’t look right now like too many of those redshirt freshmen are becoming vital receivers. But it’s still early.