A Contrarian View On Sam Darnold

You might remember earlier this month that senior analyst Steve Palazzolo of Pro Football Focus questioned Sam Darnold’s “long throwing motion” and the conventional wisdom Darnold would be the No. 1 pick in the 2018 NFL Draft.

I asked Palazzolo about this today and here’s what he said: “If you freeze it on film, a lot of people are going to pick that throwing motion apart. I think you saw a special talent last season. I also think he got away with a lot of throws last year.

“I don’t think it’s a lock he’s the No. 1 pick. It’s not often that a quarterback expected to be No. 1 a year before the draft is the No. 1 pick.”

Palazzolo said Andrew Luck and Jameis Winston were exceptions who were projected to be No. 1 and remained No. 1 in the draft. He said Josh Rosen (UCLA), Lamar Jackson (Louisville) and Josh Allen (Wyoming) were also potential No. 1 picks.

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Morning Buzz: Is USC The Best Team In Los Angeles?

USC’s celebrated the Rose Bowl victory just about everywhere: The Lakers and Kings acknowledged it. Clay Helton was grand marshal at the Long Beach Grand Prix. So this leads to a question: Is all the attention because the 52-49 victory was so memorable? Or was it because the rest of L.A.’s teams have done so little? The Lakers and Kings are awful. The Angels are mediocre. The Dodgers can’t get to the World Series. The Rams were a joke. UCLA was down last season. Who else?

So USC wins a Rose Bowl and it’s a big deal. Saying someone is the best team in Los Angeles isn’t much right now but USC might be.

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Defensive Tackle Commits To USC

Tuli Letuligasenoa, a four-star defensive tackle from Concord De La Salle, announced today he committed to USC. He is a Class of 2018 recruit. Among the other schools he considered: Washington, UCLA, Notre Dame and Oregon.

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David Webb Passes Away

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David Webb, an undersized defensive end known for his big heart and the racoon-like eye black he wore at USC games, passed away today from cancer, according to a family friend. Webb was popular with teammates and coaches and memorable to any USC fans in the early 1990’s. He was named USC co-defensive player of the year in 1991. He is survived by his wife, Leslie, and two sons.

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Spring Football In Orange County

USC women’s soccer also plays spring games. And they actually play a game, not just a practice. Today, the Trojans play two games at Cal State Fullerton’s Titan Stadium against Cal State Los Angeles at 1 p.m. and Cal State Fullerton at 3 p.m. Admission is free.

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USC Morning Buzz: Should This Be The New Ad For Athletic Dept.?

USC’s athletic dept. makes great videos. So here’s a suggestion: Update the inconic Lite Beer ad with George Steinbrenner and Billy Martin. Just insert Lynn Swann and Mark Trakh. At the end, Steinbrenner says, “You’re hired” dubbed over the original “You’re fired” after he brought Martin back to manage the Yankees. And then Martin says, “Not again.”

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USC v. UCLA


No. 1-ranked USC beach volleyball defeated No. 2-ranked UCLA, 4-1, today as the Trojans won their 60th straight match.

Meanwhile in women’s water polo, No. 1 UCLA defeated No. 2, USC, 11-7.

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