Here’s the jersey numbers for the new USC players: Jordan Austin 56, Jalen Greene 10, Toa Lobendahn 55, Claude Pelon 90, Don Hill 59 and Delvon Simmons 52.
And at least two players switched their numbers: Steven Mitchell 7 and Quinton Powell 18.
USC’s newly released spring roster contains a startling situation regarding the vaunted No. 55. It is listed as being worn by freshman center Toa Lobendahn. This number carries the most tradition at USC and goes to a linebacker. Junior Seau (above), Chris Claiborne and Willie McGinest are among those who wore the number.
Linebacker Lamar Dawson will also wear No. 55 this season but now it is a shared number. Past USC coaches sometimes spoke to members of the No. 55 club to see if they were comfortable with a recruit receiving it.
And now it is just another shared number on the roster. Like Nos. 6, 10, 22, 29 and 56.
Malik Marquetti, a 6-6 guard from Long Beach Millikan, scored 17 points tonight as the Rams lost to Mission Viejo, 76-59, in a Southern Section Division I-AA semifinal game.
But check out what Millikan coach Chris Francis told the Long Beach Press-Telegram after the game about Marquetti’s performance.
“The difference in the game was Malik Marquetti; he didn’t show up,” Francis said. “Their best players showed up, ours didn’t. That’s the difference in the game.”
Never underestimate Mike Gillespie and UC Irvine comes back to defeat the Trojans.
Freshman Jeremy Martinez hit a 2-run homer, his first as a college player, to give the Trojans an early lead going into the fourth inning.
Here are the dates and viewing information for USC spring practices:
This is not exactly but confirmation of what was assumed all along as center Cyrus Hobbi is not on the roster released today. He was believed to have academic issues last semester.
One of the most interesting quotes during Pete Carroll’s visit came from Steve Sarkisian last week.
“So much of the focus of the last three years has been on the sanctions, ‘Woe is me.’ ” Sarkisian said.
So this means we will not hear about an inability to tackle in practices or depth problems at certain positions or the special toll injuries will take on the Trojans’ next season?
Yesterday I talked about the likelihood Cody Kessler will be the quarterback next season. If that is the case, is USC going to be good enough to beat out teams like Oregon and UCLA at the quarterback position to win the Pac-12 title?
Or will the Trojans’ defense be good enough to overcome whatever edge other teams have?