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  1. Thursday practice report

    Erik McKinney

    LOS ANGELES -- The USC Trojans finished last season ranked No. 102 in the nation in pass defense. At the conclusion of the 2010 season, they sat at No. 109. Safe to say, it has been a few years since anybody has thrown the term "great" around when di...

    Blog | April 12, 2012
  2. Tuesday practice report

    Erik McKinney

    LOS ANGELES -- Nose tackle Antwaun Woods has been perhaps the most pleasant surprise of the spring for USC coaches. The redshirt freshman was an afterthought last year, as poor conditioning rendered him incapable of making an impact during his first ...

    Blog | April 10, 2012
  3. Thursday practice report

    Erik McKinney

    Largely because of injuries to all four scholarship tight ends, USC's first Saturday spring ball scrimmage was called off and its second was fairly uninspiring from an offensive perspective. On Thursday the Trojans welcomed tight end Xavier Grimble b...

    Blog | April 05, 2012
  4. Watch List TE checks out USC

    Erik McKinney

    The USC Trojans have done a tremendous job recruiting the tight end position in recent years, a fact reflected in the depth chart, with Randall Telfer, Xavier Grimble, Christian Thomas, Junior Pomee and incoming freshman Jalen Cope-Fitzpatrick. Th...

    Blog | April 04, 2012
  5. Thursday practice report

    Erik McKinney

    LOS ANGELES -- The football program generated some buzz Wednesday with the news that this weekend's scrimmage in the Coliseum will be open to the public. But USC fans planning to attend may be forced to temper their expectations a bit, as Lane Kiffi...

    Blog | March 29, 2012
  6. Thursday practice report

    Erik McKinney

    While much of the talk after the past two practices has focused on Tre Madden's move to tailback, just as much could be said about one of the guys primarily responsible for shutting him down. After being demoted to the second team for Tuesday's pract...

    Blog | March 22, 2012
  7. Tuesday practice report

    Erik McKinney

    Not many college football teams can raid the linebacker meeting room for tailback help, but Tre Madden proved Tuesday that the USC Trojans have that versatility in stock. After standing out at outside linebacker during the first full pads practice of...

    Blog | March 20, 2012
  8. Springing back from spring break

    Erik McKinney

    LOS ANGELES -- Because of the long layoff after USC's final regular season game against UCLA, head coach Lane Kiffin wanted to begin spring practice early in order to get his players back on the field as quickly as possible. The early start also allo...

    Blog | March 13, 2012
  9. Tidbits from Tuesday practice

    Erik McKinney

    * Lane Kiffin called wide receiver George Farmer the MVP of day 1 of spring ball. It certainly came as no surprise to those watching. Early on in the day, I wrote next to Farmer's name in my notes: "Locked in." Kiffin said Farmer was playing with con...

    Blog | March 06, 2012
  10. Cope-Fitzpatrick is nation's top tight end

    Erik McKinney

    After checking in as the No. 2 tight end for much of the process, USC commit Jalen Cope-Fitzpatrick (Rocklin, Calif./Whitney) leapt 15 spots in the final ESPNU 150 and grabbed the No. 1 spot away from Florida commit Colin Thompson (Warminster, Pa./Ar...

    Blog | January 19, 2012
  11. Another late loss for USC hoops

    Erik McKinney

    For the second consecutive game, the USC Trojans couldn't quite find enough late-game heroics, as they fell to San Diego State, 56-54. Down nine points late in the game, sophomore Garrett Jackson knocked down back-to-back 3-pointers to pull the Tr...

    Blog | November 17, 2011
  12. Young tight ends show maturity

    Erik McKinney

    USC's young tight ends provide big plays in victory, but stumble enough to warrant more work.

    Story | Conversation | September 10, 2011