Morning Buzz: Can You Name All Of These USC Playboy All-Americans?

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I continue to educate myself about the history of USC football and I’m intrigued more than usual because I never heard of one of the Trojans pictured above. Can you name them without researching? This is the 1970 Playboy All-American defensive team and when I first glanced at the photo, I thought it contained two USC players. But there’s a third I nearly skipped because I did not recognize the name.

I reveal all three and the entire Playboy offensive and defensive teams after the jump:

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Player Spotlight: Jim Sears

Jim Sears was a halfback and safety at USC but in 1952 he led the  Trojans in passing (48 completions, 712 yards), total offense (1,030 yards), scoring (36 points) and punt returns (478 yards). He also finished seventh in the 1952 Heisman Trophy results. He played pro football and also spent a year (1959) as an assistant coach at USC. He was also one of the nicest guys to play at USC as anyone who met him would tell you, including me.

USC Morning Buzz: Life In The NFL

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George Silk/Life magazine

In 1960 Life magazine did a photo essay on the growing popularity of NFL football. Here’s one of the photos, with former USC safety Lindon Crow (right) of the New York Giants covering the Philadelphia Eagles’ Tommy McDonald.

Player Spotlight: Jimmy Gunn

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USC defensive end Jimmy Gunn was an All-American in 1969 and became part of the “Wild Bunch” defensive line. He played six seasons with the Chicago Bears before he retired in 1976 and is a member of the USC Hall of Fame.

Sam Darnold Highlights


I usually refrain from showing high school highlights but San Clemente QB Sam Darnold’s are interesting because he has more plays running than passing, so maybe he is well-suited for the new offense.

Player Spotlight: Ben Wilson

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Ben Wilson, shown going over the top of the line of scrimmage, was a powerful USC running back (1960-62) who played in the NFL with the Los Angeles Rams and Green Bay Packers. He started Super Bowl II for legendary coach Vince Lombardi. And he won a national title at USC when the Trojans won the 1963 Rose Bowl.