USC commit Matt Fink and probable commit Tate Martell are competing at Steve Clarkson’s annual “QB retreat” in Coronado. In today’s longest pass competition, Martell threw a 63-yard pass while Fink threw 59 yards. Max Gilliam of Thousand Oaks, who is committed to Cal, threw 66-yards. But the winner was Feleipe Franks, who is committed to LSU, and threw a retreat-record 78 yard pass.
With a public memorial for USC defensive end Jimmy Gunn this morning at 10:30 in the Founders Room at the Galen Center, it’s a good time to remember his accomplishments. Gunn was an All-American in 1969 and part of the famed “Wild Bunch” defensive line named after the classic Western movie directed by Sam Peckinpah that was also released in 1969. He played on USC’s 1967 national champion team and in three Rose Bowls.
Gunn, who died last month of heart failure at age 66, played in the NFL for seven years (1970-76) with the Chicago Bears, New York Giants and Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
The Wild Bunch defensive line: Al Cowlings, Jimmy Gunn, Bubba Scott, Charles Weaver and Tody Smith.
Jimmy Gunn sacks Washington QB Tom Manke in the Trojans’ 14-7 victory over the Huskies in 1968
Four teams were fighting for second place, including Arizona State and USC, entering tonight’s games as the Sun Devils took the first game of the series at Dedeaux Field. Oregon State beat Cal, 4-0, to erase the Trojans’ chances for second. Oregon State is 18-9-1, Arizona State is 18-10, Cal is 17-11 and USC is 16-12 with two games remaining.