Beware Scouting Reports

In the Internet era, it is hard to tell who really knows what they are talking about when doing NFL draft analysis. But I mention this scouting report on Sam Darnold because it has the following sentence: “Though I don’t consider him mobile, he’s athletic enough to roll outside of the pocket if needed and extend a play.”

Don’t consider him mobile? How many of USC’s plays give Darnold the option to run? How many times does he elude a pass rusher?

But what do I know? Listen to UCLA coach Jim Mora: “As mobile as he is, as heady as he is, keeping his eyes down the field the way that he can, that’s what makes him special.”

Mora said Darnold is mobile. Now we can all agree.

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Rimington Watch List

Here is a mild surprise. The Rimington Award watch list does not include a USC player. The award goes to the nation’s top center. USC’s Toa Lobendahn and Nico Falah would have been the candidates.

The Pac-12 has five candidates: Oregon’s Jake Hanson, Oregon State’s Sumner Houston, Stanford’s Jesse Burkett, UCLA’s Scott Quessenberry and Washington’s Coleman Shelton.

The entire watch list is after the jump:

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Morning Buzz: There’s Still A Competition Left For USC

As the college sports season winds down, USC is ranked No. 8 in the current Directors’ Cup standings, which award points for how high every sport finishes. USC has 615.5 points. And who is No. 9? UCLA with 610 points.

As usual, Stanford is No. 1 with 1,094.25 points. These standings do not include beach volleyball, where USC won the national title or women’s water polo, where USC finished in the top four.

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Arizona Gets A Boost

Arizona and USC are considered the top two Pac-12 basketball teams next season. The Wildcats got a boost today when 6-5 guard Rawle Alkins announced he would return next season. He averaged 10.9 points and shot 37 percent on 3-pointers last season.

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Senior Day At Dedeaux Field


It’s the final home game of the season for USC baseball. The Trojans and Oregon are tied, 2-2, in the seventh inning.
UPDATED: The Ducks win, 3-2, on the play below.

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Morning Buzz: A Consensus Emerges On USC Win Total

USA Today’s Danny Sheridan is one of the better-known sports handicappers and he has some season-victory projections for 2017. Sheridan predicts Alabama and Ohio State will win 11-12 regular-season games; Florida State will win 10-11 games while USC and Michigan are at 9-10 victories.

That fits in with other projections that have USC’s over/under as 9.5 victories.

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