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Pac-10 Week 5 Notes and Observations: USC Trojans

By Sam Saig, October 5, 2009 11:57 am

USC Trojans 4-1 Overall (2-1 Conference)

This Week’s Score: USC 30 – Cal 3

Next Week’s Opponent: BYE


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Week 4 Game Matchup: Washington State Cougars VS. USC Trojans

By Dave Consolazio and Sam Saig, September 25, 2009 6:51 pm

Washington State Cougars (1-2) vs. USC Trojans (2-1)
Saturday, September 26, 7:15 PM PST
Las Vegas Favorite: USC -45.0

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Pac-10 Week 3 Notes and Observations: USC Trojans

By Sam Saig, September 21, 2009 1:47 pm

USC Trojans 2-1 Overall (0-1 Conference)

This Week’s Score: Washington 16 – USC 13

Next Week’s Opponent: Washington State


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Pac-10 Players on College Football Awards Preseason Watch Lists

By Dave Consolazio, August 29, 2009 4:23 am

Before every college football season, a series of watch lists are released to let fans know who the award committees will be closely following for each of college football’s awards. With outstanding play, a player not on the preseason watch list can still go on to win the award. The preseason watch list is just a good indication of which players are considered the early favorites to win the award.

Listed below are all of the Pac-10 players who were included on the national lists. The only two awards not listed are the Heisman Trophy and the Johnny Unitas Golden Arm Award. The Heisman Trophy does not release a preseason watch list, and the Unitas Award, which is handed out to the nation’s best senior college quarterback, had no Pac-10 players on their watch list.

Congratulations to the players named, and good luck taking home the hardware!

Maxwell Award
Most Outstanding Player

Jahvid Best, California
LeGarrette Blount, Oregon
Toby Gerhart, Stanford
Rob Gronkowski, Arizona
Jake Locker, Washington
Jeremiah Masoli, Oregon
Jacquizz Rodgers, Oregon State
Damian Williams, USC

Davey O’Brien Award
National Quarterback Award

Aaron Corp, USC
Jake Locker, Washington
Jeremiah Masoli, Oregon
Kevin Riley, California

Doak Walker Award
National Running Back Award

Jahvid Best, California
LeGarrette Blount, Oregon
Toby Gerhart, Stanford
Nic Grigsby, Arizona
Jacquizz Rodgers, Oregon State

Fred Biletnikoff Award
Outstanding Wide Receiver

D’Andre Goodwin, Washington
Damian Williams, USC

John Mackey Award
Outstanding Tight End

Ed Dickson, Oregon
Rob Gronkowski, Arizona
Anthony McCoy, USC
Ryan Moya, UCLA
Logan Paulsen, UCLA

Vince Lombardi/Rotary Award
Outstanding Lineman

Tyson Alualu, California
Korey Bosworth, UCLA
Kyle Bosworth, UCLA
Jeff Byers, USC
Reggie Carter, UCLA
Dexter Davis, Arizona State
Rob Gronkowski, Arizona
Lawrence Guy, Arizona State
Earl Mitchell, Arizona
Mike Nixon, Arizona State
Kristofer O’Dowd, USC
Brian Price, UCLA
Brooks Reed, Arizona
Daniel Te’o-Nesheim, Washington

Rimington Trophy
Outstanding Center

Kenny Alfred, Washington State
Colin Baxter, Arizona
Kristofer O’Dowd, USC

Outland Trophy
Outstanding Interior Lineman

Kristofer O’Dowd, USC
Jeff Byers, USC
Brian Price, UCLA

Walter Camp Award
Player of the Year Award

Jahvid Best, California
LaGarrette Blount, Oregon
Taylor Mays, USC
Jacquizz Rodgers, Oregon State

Chuck Bednarik Award
Defensive Player of the Year

Reggie Carter, UCLA
Dexter Davis, Arizona State
Keaton Kristick, Oregon State
Taylor Mays, USC
Brian Price, UCLA
Daniel Te’o-Nesheim, Washington
Syd’Quan Thompson, California
Will Tukuafu, Oregon
Alterraun Verner, UCLA

Bronko Nagurski Trophy
Defensive Player of the Year

Stephen Paea, Oregon State
Brian Price, UCLA
Syd’Quan Thompson, California
Walter Thurmond III, Oregon
Alterraun Verner, UCLA
T.J. Ward, Oregon
Taylor Mays, USC

Jim Thorpe Award
Outstanding Defensive Back

Taylor Mays, USC
Syd’Quan Thompson, California
Walter Thurmond III, Oregon
Alterraun Verner, UCLA

Dick Butkus Award
Outstanding Linebacker

Chris Galippo, USC
Malcolm Smith, USC

Ted Hendricks Award
Defensive End of the Year

Dexter Davis, Arizona State
Eric Lorig, Stanford
Will Tukuafu, Oregon

Lou Groza Award
Collegiate Placekicker Award

Kai Forbath, UCLA
Thomas Weber, Arizona State

Ray Guy Award
Outstanding Punter

Bryan Anger, California

Pac-10 Position Breakdown: Secondary – USC Trojans

By Sam Saig, August 24, 2009 9:58 am

While there may (and I stress the word may) be question marks at defensive line and linebacker, USC could not be in better shape at the third level. This secondary is absolutely loaded with talent, depth, and most importantly, experience. In fact, the unit looks so strong that head coach Pete Carroll (a former college DB himself) has stated that it may be the best group the program has had since his arrival at USC.

It will be impossible for the defensive backfield to improve on its statistical production from last year (#1 pass defense and scoring defense in nation for 2008), but repeating the utter dominance actually seems quite achievable.

The cornerbacks look great and the safeties look downright scary. New defensive coordinator Rocky Seto (also secondary coach) should have a fun time with this unit in 2009.

Kevin Thomas running back an interception

Kevin Thomas running back an interception

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