With USC playing Alabama in 2016, here’s a look at the classic 1978 game, which pitted the two best teams in the nation.
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.
Here is the 1972 Playboy preseason All-American team featuring USC offensive tackle Pete Adams (77) and tight end Charles Young (89). No. 22 on the left is tailback Terry Metcalf of Long Beach State when the 49ers played football. Full team listed after the jump:
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.
USC moved up to No. 9 in the latest Scout.com rankings and No. 10 in Rivals.com following today’s commitment of QB Sam Darnold.
Quarterback Sam Darnold of San Clemente committed to USC. Darnold’s stock has risen all summer and he competed at the Elite 11 camp last week. He joines fellow Elite 11 quarterback Ricky Town as USC commitments.
Radio host Petros Papadakis weighed on USC’s announcement this week to sell certain “experiences” at football games to season-ticket holders, like charging $1,500 to run out of the tunnel at the Coliseum before the game.
“It does feel a little weird to me to put a price on running out of the tunnel,” Papadakis said. “We were told as players constantly that that was earned as a right. Now that is worth exactly $1,500.
“It feels creepy to look at the menu (of things to purchase). I really thought they were above this kind of style of marketing.”
Players like USC quarterback Bill Nelsen make writing these vignettes fun. Nelsen led the Trojans in total offense in 1960-61 and helped lead an upset of UCLA in in John McKay’s first season. He also played in 1962 when USC won a national title. But Nelsen often took a back seat to Pete Beathard.
Nelsen was just a 10th-round draft choice of the Pittsburgh Steelers. But his career took off in 1968, when he was traded to the Cleveland Browns. He went 9-2 in 1968 and led the Browns to the playoffs. Nelson made the Pro Bowl in 1969 and Cleveland went 10-3-1. Nelsen also led the Browns to the playoffs in 1971.
He finished his NFL career with 14,165 yards passing and 98 TDs. The Cleveland Plain Dealer named Nelsen one of the top 100 Browns of all-time in 2012 (No. 52).