Remember Rahshead Johnson?

Wide receiver Rahshead Johnson spent a season at USC under Steve Sarkisian before he transferred to San Jose State. Johnson has now left San Jose State but could go to an FBS school as a graduate transfer.

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Tee Martin Changes Agents

USC offensive coordinator Tee Martin has signed with Jay Z’s Roc Nation Sports agency. He was previously represented by CAA agent Jimmy Sexton, which represents Lane Kiffin and Clay Helton.

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USC Morning Buzz: It’s A Busy Time For Clay Helton

USC coach Clay Helton is going to the Bay Area with defensive line coach Kenechi Udeze today to visit defensive tackle Tuli Letuligasenoa of Concord De La Salle. I’ve commented in the past about a limited number of coaches recruiting and Udeze seems to be everywhere lately.

Last night, Helton visited with Servite defensive back Julius Irvin, who is considering Alabama. His father is former Rams defensive back LeRoy Irvin.

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One View Of JT Daniels

I spoke to a writer who has covered a lot of JT Daniels’ games the past three seasons.

“He’s very good but he’s going to have some issues,” he said. “He will have to face a pass rush. He had a great line and great receivers at Mater Dei. He didn’t have to worry about getting touched.”

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And Now The 2018 Heisman Odds, So Where Is JT Daniels?

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Bovada has come out with its first Heisman odds for 2018. No surprise that Stanford tailback Bryce Love is the favorite. I jokingly asked in the headline why JT Daniels is not listed since everyone says he is the best QB ever. I also included last year’s opening odds for comparison.

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USC Is Everywhere

ESPN announced its new Sunday Night Baseball broadcast team will feature Matt Vasgersian (play-by-play) and analysts Alex Rodriguez and Jessica Mendoza. Vasgersian attended USC.

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USC Morning Buzz: An Issue When Looking Toward 2018 Season

So much attention gets focused on the skill positions when analyzing teams. But the Cotton Bowl did put the offensive line under the microscope. But even before the Cotton Bowl, a big problem I heard about talking to a pair of former All-American Trojan linemen is that the offensive line does not finish blocks.

I’ve heard this the past two seasons from the same ex-USC linemen. Is this something that just gets taught or just comes from within? And why will improve next season? That’s the more important question.

Look at the times that Ronald Jones, a universally lauded tailback, struggled against physical defenses: He had 47 yards vs. Texas; 32 yards vs. Notre Dame; 64 yards against Ohio State. And if we’re talking 2017, he had 55 yards vs. Penn State in the Rose Bowl.

So if you are happy several starters are back, just hope fundamentals will somehow improve.

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