It’s 50th Anniversary Time For A National Champion

This Friday is the Salute to Troy dinner/barbecue, where the team and fans co-exist, usually at Cromwell Field. Except two years ago, when Steve Sarkisian got drunk, not much happens.

This year, the 1967 national championship team should be honored for its 50th anniversary. Here is a picture below from the famous 3-0 loss to Oregon State, the Trojans’ only setback of the season. It was a rainy, muddy game. But one thing not often mentioned is the week before, Oregon State tied No. 4-ranked UCLA, 16-16, at the Coliseum. So the Beavers were not exactly a pushover.

USC recovered from the Oregon State loss to defeat No. 1-ranked UCLA, when O.J. Simpson had his famous 64-yard TD run and then beat Indiana in the Rose Bowl to win the national title.

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USC Morning Buzz: Weaknesses Exposed During Scrimmage

Here is my analysis off Saturday’s scrimmage where the offense struggled.

Excerpt: The wide receivers were not exactly tearing it up either. If you want a hidden concern going into the season, ask yourself what receiver is going to be a deep threat? Who will stretch a defense so that Jones and Carr can find more running room? Who will allow Darnold to air it out during a game?

Is it really this hard to find a kicker? With all the private tutors and kicking camps these days, it feels sometimes like kickers are getting worse. Michael Brown chose USC over Cal and Cal Poly San Luis Obispo while Chase McGrath is a walk-on from Mater Dei in Santa Ana.

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Saturday Scrimmage Recap

USC held a 70-play scrimmage today and it’s one the offense will likely forget immediately. The kickers were 3 for 9 on field goals. Clay Helton said he might need to be more aggressive on fourth down situations and kick less, like on fourth-and-4 plays.

Sam Darnold’s streak without an interception came to an end as Ajene Harris made a nice one-handed grab near the end zone. The first-team offense did little against the first-team defense. The first-team offensive line has had trouble running the ball in particular.

Tailback Stephen Carr had a 45-yard run but it was against the third-team defense. Helton liked defensive ends Porter Gustin and Uchenna Nwosu on defense and said cornerback Iman Marshall had his best of practice.

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Who Is A Reliable Punt Returner?

John Baxter said Friday that wide receiver Velus Jones is faster than Adoree Jackson. Jones, Jack Jones and Ajene Harris are the leading candidates to return punts/kicks this season.

But here is priority No. 1: Who can catch a punt without fumbling? It doesn’t matter who is fastest. It matters if you catch the ball. Someone new will be doing it this year. And ball security is paramount. So tell me who has the best hands?

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Morning Buzz: USC Cannot Afford To Wait Till Next Year

If you look at USC’s roster, the Trojans look like they could be No. 1 in next year’s preseason polls. But in my story today, I discuss how there could be a large group of players turning pro, which means USC needs to treat this year with an all-or-nothing mentality.

Excerpt: Will quarterback Sam Darnold, tailback Ronald Jones, wide receiver Deontay Burnett, tight end Daniel Imatorbhebhe, right tackle Chuma Edoga, defensive tackle Rasheem Green, linebacker Porter Gustin, linebacker Cameron Smith, cornerback Iman Marshall or safety Marvell Tell all return?

Even if Darnold ignored projections as one of the top three picks in the NFL Draft and returned for 2018, it could be a vastly different team if most of his draft-eligible teammates departed. The defense alone could take a huge hit as many mock drafts list Marshall, Gustin, Smith and Green as players capable of being selected in the first three rounds.

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