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*Matt Kalil heading into rJr season: Basically, Rick Spielman couldn't have had a better start to his first draft as Vikings general manager. Moments before the draft, he got three picks for nothing when he moved down one spot, allowing the Browns to take running back Trent Richardson, a player the Vikings didn't want or need. Spielman then selected Southern California left tackle Matt Kalil, the player he coveted all along at a position of gigantic need. Then, with a league-high 13 picks, Spielman turned around and upgraded another massive need by trading back into the first round to take the second-best safety, Notre Dame's Harrison Smith, with the 29th overall pick. Within a span of 25 picks, the Vikings had significantly strengthened their two weakest areas - offensive line and secondary - with two first-round picks. In the third round, the Vikings then grabbed some quality cornerback depth and the heir apparent to Antoine Winfield when they selected Central Florida's Josh Robinson, who ran a Combine-best 4.29 40-yard dash. They addressed their need at receiver by taking Arkansas teammates Jarius Wright and Greg Childs in the fourth round. More secondary help came in the fifth round when Spielman took Notre Dame's 6-1, 208-pound hybrid corner/safety. A somewhat puzzling pick came in the sixth round when Spielman took Georgia kicker Blair Walsh. There was no indication that veteran Ryan Longwell was in trouble, but he does turn 38 soon and is coming off a season in which he missed six field-goal attempts (22 of 28). BEST PICK: Left tackle Matt Kalil: He was the best and safest pick at a position of great need and importance to second-year quarterback Christian Ponder's development. Nothing else the team does matters if Ponder isn't well protected. - The Sports Xchange
*Tyron Smith heading into Jr season: 2010: Smith, a 2-year starter at right tackle, was named to the 2010 All-Pac-10 first team. Behind the offensive line, the Trojans averaged 189.8 yards per game rushing and 431.4 yards of total offense in 2010, while allowing only 18 quarterback sacks (1.38 per game) all year, figures that ranked among the top 30 in the nation. Smith became the 15th Trojan offensive or defensive lineman to win the Morris Trophy, including the 11th offensive lineman. Most recently, offensive tackle Charles Brown won it in 2009...2009: Started the first 12 games at right offensive tackle as a sophomore in 2009 and did a commendable job. He missed the Boston College game while academically ineligible. He made 2009 All-Pac-10 honorable mention and CollegeFootballNews.com Sophomore All-American honorable mention...2008: Smith served as the back up left offensive tackle and appeared on special teams as a first-year freshman in 2008. He appeared in 10 games in 2008 (all but Virginia, Oregon State and Notre Dame). He sprained his ankle prior to the Notre Dame game and missed that contest.
David Buehler heading into Sr season: 2007: XP 52-54, FG 16-19, 40-49: 3-5, 50+ 0-0, Long 47, 18 TB-84 KO; 2007 Phil Steele's All-Pac-10 honorable mention pick… 2006: XP 1-1, FG 1-1, 40-49: 1-1, 50+ 0-0, Long 49, 3 TB-8 KO; Backup placekicker specializing in kickoffs and played on special teams, but also worked at fullback and safety (he did not see action at those spots)... JC: He made the 2005 All-Mission Conference National Division first team as a freshman placekicker, linebacker and running back at Santa Ana (Calif.) Junior College. He had 25 touchbacks on his 58 kickoffs in 2005, plus recorded 24 tackles and 1 interception on defense and rushed for 50 yards on 9 carries (5.6 avg.) with 5 touchdowns (he also caught a TD pass) on offense.
Rey Maualuga heading into Sr season: 2008: Recipient of the Bednarik Award, given to the nation's top defensive player...Finalist for the Lombardi Award, Bronko Nagurski Award and the Butkus Award...Team Most Valuable Player and named the Pac-10's Defensive Player of the Year...Started 12 games at middle linebacker, missing the Oregon contest due to a knee sprain suffered vs. Oregon State...Still managed to lead the team and match his career-high with 79 tackles (51 solos) that included 2.5 stops for losses of 11 yards...Intercepted two passes for 48 yards in returns with a touchdown...Credited with one quarterback pressure and deflected four passes... On 62 running plays in his area, the opposition gained 311 yards (5.02 ypc) with five touchdowns and 16 first downs, as Maualuga made four third-down stops and prevented ball carriers from gaining yardage on four of those attempts...The opposition completed 18 of 24 passes in front of the linebacker, producing 13 first downs and 234 yards (13.0 yards per completion/9.75 yards per attempt)...Part of a unit that allowed just 87.38 yards per game on the ground (fifth in the NCAA), ranking second in the country in total defense (221.77 ypg) while leading the major colleges in scoring defense (9.0 ppg)...2007: 13 GP; 12 GS; 41 Sol-79 TT, 10.5 TFL, 6 SK, 1 INT, 3 PBU, 1 FR, 1 FF; Maualuga returned for his second season as USC's starting middle linebacker as a junior in 2007 and led the team in tackles. Overall in 2007 while appearing in all 13 games (starting all but the Notre Dame game, in which he was limited because of a hip pointer), he had 79 tackles, including 10.5 for losses of 40 yards (with 6 sacks for minus 32 yards), plus 1 fumble recovery, 1 forced fumble, 1 interception (returned for 19 yards) and 3 deflections. 2006: 13 GP; 10 GS; 45 Sol-78 TT, 5 TFL, 2 SK, 1 INT, 3 PBU, 1 QBH, 1 FF; Maualuga started most of 2006 at middle linebacker as a sophomore and proved to be an impact player. Overall in 2006 while appearing in all 13 games (he started all but Arkansas, Oregon State and Notre Dame), he had a 78 tackles, including 5 for losses of 17 yards (with 2 sacks for minus 8 yards), an interception, 3 deflections and a forced fumble. 2005: 12 GP; 0 GS; 26 Sol-37 TT, 4.5 TFL, 1 SK, 1 INT, 2 PBU, 2 FF; Arrested in November 2005 for allegedly punching a man at an off-campus party.
*Leonard Williams heading into Jr season: A closer look at the Jets' six picks: Round 1/6 - Leonard Williams, DE, 6-5, 302, USC...The Jets didn't think they'd get Williams, who has as much upside as any player in the draft. But they'll find room for him after he surprisingly slid to sixth. Williams earned comparisons to J.J. Watt - whom Maccagnan drafted in Houston - for his huge frame and athleticism. And at only 20 years old, Williams - who racked up 21 sacks in three years at USC - has room to grow into a monster. His arrival may spell the end for dissatisfied contract year defensive end Muhammad Wilkerson, or it could result in the next generation of the Sack Exchange. - The Sports Xchange
*Marcus Martin heading into Jr season: A closer look at the 49ers' picks: Round 3/70 -- Marcus Martin, C, 6-3, 320, Southern Cal...Regarded by many as the top center available, the 49ers believe Martin can come in and compete right away for the starting job with Daniel Kilgore, who recently received a three-year contract extension. Martin has the size, physicality and technique that make him a perfect fit in the middle of an already-elite offensive line. He's also versatile enough to play either guard position which is an added plus going forward. - The Sports Xchange
*Mark Sanchez heading into rJr season: 2008: All-Pac 10 Conference first-team selection...Finalist for the Manning Award and semifinalist for the Davey O'Brien Award, both given to the nation's top quarterback...Semifinalist for the Maxwell Award (nation's top player)...Suffered a left kneecap dislocation during preseason camp, but went on to start all thirteen contests...Led the conference and ranked sixth in the nation with a 164.64 passing efficiency rating...Also led the league and finished 13th in the nation in points responsible for (17.08 ppg)...His 3,207 yards passing also paced the Pac-10...Completed 241-of-366 passes (65.85%) for 3,207 yards, as his 34 touchdowns rank second in both school and league season annals...Threw 10 interceptions, but scored three times on the ground, as he was responsible for 37 touchdowns and a league-best 247.92-yard average in total offense (3,223 yards)...Produced 147 first downs among his 241 completions, as 50 of those throws were good for 20 yards or longer...In addition to his ten interceptions, Sanchez had 35 passes deflected, as he fumbled seven times, losing the ball three times...Threw for over 200 yards in nine games, including three games for over 300 yards and one for over 400...Helped the team rank 11th nationally and second in the Pac-10 with an average of 454.69 yards per game in total offense...The Trojans also led the conference in passing offense (259.85 yards per game, 22nd in the nation) and finished third in rushing (194.85 yards per game, 22nd nationally)...Helped convert 69-of-149 third-down plays (46.31%)...2007: 8 GP; 3 GS; Rush: 14-22-1.6-0; Pass: 114-69-60.5-695-7-5; Sanchez served as the backup quarterback as a sophomore in 2007, but he ended up starting 3 games (Arizona, Notre Dame and Oregon) for an injured John David Booty and performed well... 2006: 6 GP; 0 GS; Rush: 4-(-5)-(-1.2)-1; Pass: 7-3-42.9-63-0-1; Sanchez, who had an impressive showing in 2006 spring practice while John David Booty was sidelined with an injury, was USC's No. 2 quarterback as a redshirt freshman in 2006.
Taylor Mays heading into Sr season: 2009 Senior Bowl Invite…2008: 13 GP; 13 GS; 38 Sol-53 TT, 2 TFL, 9 PBU; Started again at free safety. Named a consensus All-American first teamer, among three finalists for the 2008 Thorpe Award, made the 2008 All-Pac-10 first team and won USC's Bob Chandler Award. He had arthroscopic surgery on his ankle prior to 2008 spring practice. He was named to the 2008 Playboy Pre-Season All-American team. Had 5 tackles and 4 deflections versus California to earn Pac-10 Defensive Player of the Week honors. 2007: 13 GP; 13 GS; 36 Sol-65 TT, 1 INT, 6 PBU, 1 FR, 1 FF; Starting at free safety. Ranked third on USC in tackles. Named to The Sporting News All-American first team, SI.com All-American second team, AP All-American third team, All-Pac-10 honorable mention. 2006: 13 GP; 12 GS; 38 Sol-62 TT, 3 INT, 3 PBU; Took over the free safety job as a true freshman after Josh Pinkard suffered a season-ending injury in the opener, started the remaining 12 games. Had a team-best 3 interceptions, Named to The Sporting News All-American second team and Defensive Freshman of the Year, and Pac-10 Co-Freshman of the Year. Personal: His father, Stafford Mays, was a defensive lineman at Washington in 1978 and 1979 who then played in the NFL with the St. Louis Cardinals (1980-86) and Minnesota Vikings (1987-88 when current USC head coach Pete Carroll was an assistant coach there).
Brian Cushing heading into Sr season: 2008: Consensus All-Pac 10 Conference first-team choice...Finalist for the Butkus Award, semi-finalist for the Lombardi Award and quarter-finalist for the Lott Trophy...Named the team's Co-Lifter of the Year...Limited in spring drills after undergoing arthroscopic ankle surgery...Suffered a broken bone in his hand vs. Oregon State and was forced to play wearing a cast for about one month...Also suffered a shoulder contusion vs. Arizona State, but still managed to start all thirteen games on the Trojans' schedule...Ranked second on the team with 73 tackles (46 solos)... Added three sacks for minus 22 yards and led the squad with 10.5 stops for losses totaling 50 yards...Also had a QB pressure, along with a forced fumble...Deflected six passes and recorded his first career interception...On 54 running plays he was involved in, Cushing held the opposition to 119 yards, no touchdowns and eight first downs (2.2 ypc), as he made six third-down stops, two more on fourth-down plays and took down ball carriers for no gain on four other runs...On 30 pass plays into his area, the opposition completed 19 passes (63.33%) for 132 yards (6.95 yards per completion/4.40 yards per pass attempt) and one touchdown, allowing four first-down receptions...Made six of his tackles inside the red zone, including four on goal line plays...Added one more tackle for the kickoff coverage unit...2007: 10 GP; 8 GS; 14 Sol-25 TT, 2.5 TFL, 1 SK, 2 PBU, 1 FR; Cushing, who did a standout job starting at defensive end in 2006, moved back to his natural strongside linebacker spot as a junior in 2007 and didn't miss a beat. Overall while appearing in 10 games (all but Washington, Stanford and Arizona) and starting 8 times (Idaho and USC's last 7 games), he had 25 tackles, including 2.5 for losses of 4 yards (with a 2-yard sack), plus a fumble recovery and 2 deflections. He sprained his left ankle in the Idaho opener, then played briefly but didn't start the next 2 games (Nebraska and Washington State) before re-spraining it against Washington State and being sidelined for the next 3 contests. 2006: 13 GP; 13 GS; 27 Sol-57 TT, 13.5 TFL, 4.5 SK, 1 PBU, 1 QBH, 1 FF, 1 BLK; Cushing, who started 4 times in 2005 at strongside linebacker, started all of his 2006 sophomore season as a stand-up defensive end in USC's hybrid 3-4 "Elephant" defense. Overall in 2006 while appearing in all 13 games, he had 57 tackles, including a team-best 13.5 for losses of 52 yards.
Matt Barkley heading into Sr season: A closer look at the Eagles' picks: 4/98 - Matt Barkley, QB, 6-3, 227, USC...The Eagles feel they got a top-50 talent with the 98th pick. Barkley's selection proves mobility isn't a required skill in Kelly's offense. He ran a 4.9 in pre-draft workouts, but threw 12 touchdown passes in four games against Kelly's Oregon Ducks. QUOTES TO NOTE: "I'm going to steal a quote from Sam Rutligliano. He used to say, 'With a quarterback, it's like a tea bag. You don't know what you have until you put it in hot water.' The first time I saw Matt Barkley, he was a true freshman and he came into (Oregon's) Autzen Stadium, which is one of the toughest places to play in the world, and it didn't phase him a bit. Matt was never a freshman. There was just a poise about him. There was a calm about him." - Coach Chip Kelly on fourth-round pick Matt Barkley. - The Sports Xchange
Clay Matthews heading into rSr season: 2008: Academic All-Pac 10 first-team and named the squad's Co-Lifter of the Year and Co-Special Teams Player of the Year, the third consecutive season he captured that latter award...Underwent hand surgery prior to spring practice, but was fully recovered by the season opener...Played behind Everson Griffen at right defensive tackle for the season's first three games before taking over and starting the final ten contests...Ranked fourth on the team with 56 tackles (28 solos), as he helped the Trojans lead the nation in scoring defense (9.0 ppg) and passing efficiency defense (85.75 rating)...Tied for second on the team with 4.5 sacks for minus 42 yards and ranked third on the team with nine stops for losses of 59 yards, as the Trojans finished fifth nationally in rush defense (87.38 ypg) and second in total defense (221.77 ypg)...Had a pair of pass deflections and blocked his third field goal for his career (vs. Oregon State)...Also caused and recovered a pair of fumbles...2007: 13 GP; 2 GS; 15 Sol-17 TT, 3 TFL, 1 PBU, 1 QBH, 2 FF, 2 BLK; Matthews was a key backup linebacker and special teams player as a junior in 2007. Overall in 2007 while appearing in all 13 games, he had 17 tackles, including 3 for losses of 23 yards, plus 2 forced fumbles, 1 deflection and 2 blocked field goals. He won USC's Co-Special Teams Player of the Year Award. Suffered broken left thumb against Nebraska, then fractured a metacarpal later in season, then had to have surgery after the bowl game as it did not heal properly...2006: 13 GP; 0 GS; 9 Sol-15 TT, 1.5 TFL, 1 SK; A one-time walk-on, Matthews earned a scholarship in the fall of 2006 and served as a reserve linebacker and key special teams player as a sophomore in 2006. Overall in 2006 while appearing in all 13 games, he had 15 tackles, including 1.5 for losses of 9 yards (with a 7-yard sack). Comes from a football family. His father, Clay, was a 4-year (1974-77) letterman linebacker at USC who played on Troy's 1974 national championship team and earned All-American honors in 1977 (he went on to play with the NFL's Cleveland Browns and Atlanta Falcons from 1978 to 1996). His brother, Kyle, lettered at safety on USC's 2003 national championship team. His uncle, Bruce, was a 3-year (1980-82) letterman offensive guard at USC who earned All-American honors in 1982 and then played with the NFL's Houston Oilers/Tennessee Titans from 1983 to 2001. His grandfather, Clay Sr., was on the football, wrestling and swimming teams at Georgia Tech in the 1940s and then played in the NFL with the San Francisco 49ers in the 1950s.
Kris O'Dowd heading into Sr season: 2010: O’Dowd, a three year starter at center for the Trojans, was an honorable mention All-Pac-10 pick in 2010. He was part of an offensive unit that ranked third in the Pac-10 in rushing (189.8 ypg), fourth in scoring offense (31 ppg), fourth in passing offense (241.7) and fourth in total offense (431.5 ypg) in 2010...2009: Was set to anchor USC's offensive line while starting for his second season at center as a junior in 2009. But he was slowed throughout the season by injuries, seeing action in just 8 games (starting 7). He missed the San Jose State opener after dislocating his right kneecap in 2009 fall camp, then started USC's next 5 games before a sore shoulder and the lingering effects of his pre-season knee injury sidelined him for the next 3 contests...missed 2009 spring drills while recuperating from shoulder surgery...2008: Started all season at center as a sophomore in 2008 and proved to be among the nation's top young centers. He made the 2008 All-Pac-10 first team and won USC's Offensive Lineman of the Year Award. He had arthroscopic surgery on his knee prior to 2008 spring practice. After the season, he had surgery to repair a torn labrum in his left shoulder...2007: Started 3 of USC's first 4 games (including the first 2) and appeared in 7 contests overall. In the Idaho opener, he became the first USC true freshman to start at center as well as only the third Trojan true freshman to start a post-World War II opener on the offensive line...dislocated his right kneecap at Washington and was sidelined the next 4 games.
Stanley Havili heading into rSr season: 2010: Havili was selected All Pac-10 Honorable Mention in 2010 selected by the Pac-10 head football coaches. He played in 13 games and rushed 26 times for 166 yards and 1 TD. Havili was third on the team with 32 receptions for 396 yards with 2 receiving TDs...2009: Started for his third season at fullback, appearing in 11 games (all but Oregon State and Oregon) and starting 10 times (all but Oregon State, Oregon, Arizona State), he ran for 138 yards on 21 carries (6.6 avg.) and caught 22 passes for 298 yards (13.5 avg.) with 2 TDs. He sprained his shoulder at Notre Dame and missed the Oregon State and Oregon games...2008: Started for his second season at fullback as a sophomore in 2008. Overall while appearing in 12 games (he was academically ineligible for the Penn State game) and starting all but the UCLA and Penn State contests, he ran for 71 yards on 13 carries (5.5 avg.) and caught 24 passes for 324 yards (13.5 avg.) with 3 TDs...2007: Overall in 2007 while starting all 13 games, he gained 134 yards on 21 carries (6.4 avg.) with 2 TDs and caught 34 passes for 248 yards (7.3 avg.) with 5 TDs...2006: Havili was off to a fast start as a freshman fullback but he broke his left leg at Arizona and was sidelined the rest of the year, allowing him to redshirt because of the early-season injury.
*Everson Griffen heading into Jr season: 2008: 12 GP; 3 GS; 11 Sol-18 TT, 6 TFL, 4.5 SK; Griffen was USC's pass rush specialist as a backup defensive end as a sophomore in 2008. Overall while appearing in 12 games in 2008 (all but Washington State) and starting the first 3 games (Viginia, Ohio State and Oregon State), he had 18 tackles, including 6 for losses of 43 yards (with 4.5 sacks for minus 39 yards). He had 3 tackles against Oregon State and California and 2 versus Virginia, Ohio State, Oregon and Stanford (1.5 for losses). He missed the Washington State game because he was sick. 2007: 13 GP; 2 GS; 15 Sol-21 TT, 5.5 TFL, 5.5 SK, 2 PBU, 1 FR, 2 FF; Griffen had an impressive showing as a first-year freshman backup defensive end in 2007, playing primarily in pass rushing situations. Overall in 2007 while appearing in all 13 games, he had 21 tackles, including 5.5 for losses of 30 yards (all were sacks), 2 forced fumbles, 1 fumble recovery and 2 deflections. He even started 2 games (the Idaho opener and then Arizona State). He became the first USC true freshman to start an opener on the defensive line since Tim Ryan in 1986 against Illinois and the first true freshman to start on the defensive line since Shaun Cody did so in 2001 against Utah. He was named to the 2007 The Sporting News Freshman All-American first team, Football Writers Freshman All-American first team, Rivals.com Freshman All-American first team, Scout.com Freshman All-American first team and Collegefootballnews.com Freshman All-American second team, plus was The Sporting News Pac-10 Defensive Freshman of the Year and was an All-Pac-10 honorable mention pick.
*Nick Perry heading into rJr season: General manager Ted Thompson's calling card in building a title contender the last few years has been stockpiling draft picks. Thompson broke from his April tradition this year and went on the offensive to bolster his dismal defense. Thompson traded up three times and used the Packers' first six of eight selections on defensive players. "We hope we helped all aspects of defense," Thompson said. Green Bay had the league's worst-ranked defense in 2011 but still managed to go 15-1. A porous pass rush that contributed to the Packers' premature end to the season early in the playoffs after they won the Super Bowl the previous year took precedence in the draft room. Thompson went for the "juice" of taking Southern Cal's Nick Perry in the first round to pair with Clay Matthews at outside linebacker. In turn, Thompson upgraded the defensive line and the Nick Collins-less secondary by moving up twice in the second round for Michigan State lineman Jerel Worthy and Vanderbilt cornerback Casey Hayward. BEST PICK Linebacker Nick Perry: The Packers were desperate to take pressure off Matthews, who was held to a career-low six sacks last season. Perry will be counted on to start and deliver right away. - The Sports Xchange
Khaled Holmes heading into rSr season: A closer look at the Colts' picks: Round 4/121 - Khaled Holmes, C/G, 6-3, 302, Southern Cal...Another versatile offensive lineman who can play all three inside positions. Primarily a center but can also be efficient as a guard. Played most of the 2012 season with a high ankle injury. Holmes will get looks at both center and guard during rookie camp and OTAs before a decision is made about where he will eventually play. - The Sports Xchange
*Robert Woods heading into Jr season: A closer look at the Bills' picks: Round 2/41 -- Robert Woods, WR, 6-0, 190, USC...On the heels of taking their quarterback, the Bills added one of the elite receivers in college football in Woods, who finished as USC's career receptions leader with 252. After a monster junior year (111 receptions, 1,292 yards, 15 touchdowns), his production dropped as a senior but that was more a product of team injuries and quarterback Matt Barkley's struggles. Runs a 4.43 forty and should be able to step right in and contribute in Buffalo's spread offense that will utilize three and four wides. - The Sports Xchange
Jordan Cameron heading into rSr season: 2010: Cameron played in 12 games in 2010 and finished the season with 16 catches for 126 yards with 1 TD receiving...2009: Was a reserve wide receiver as a junior in 2009. He appeared in 5 games (San Jose State, Oregon State, Arizona State, Stanford, Arizona), but did not catch a pass...2008: Cameron, who transferred to USC as a sophomore in the fall of 2008 from a junior college, was a reserve wide receiver in 2008. He also worked some at tight end. He saw brief action in 6 games (Virginia, Oregon, Arizona State, Washington, California and Notre Dame) in 2008, but did not make a catch. He missed the Washington State game because he was sick...JUNIOR COLLEGE: He was a 2007 All-Western State Conference Pacific Division honorable mention pick as a freshman tight end at Ventura (Calif.) Junior College. He caught 22 passes for 348 yards (15.8 avg.) with 5 TDs in 2007 as Ventura went 8-3, captured the WSC Pacific Division title and won the Southern California Bowl...2007: Transferred to USC in the fall of 2007 to play football (wide receiver) but will have to sit out his 2007 redshirt freshman season because of NCAA transfer rules...2006: Did not play football at BYU in 2006, but rather redshirted as a first-year freshman forward on the Cougars' men's basketball team in 2007.
Charles Brown heading into rSr season: 2009 Senior Bowl Invite…2008: Started all season at left offensive tackle and did a commendable job as a junior, making the All-Pac-10 honorable mention. 2007: Appeared in nine games as a backup offensive tackle and on special teams as a sophomore. Started the Idaho opener at right tackle. Sprained his ankle prior to the Arizona game and sat out that contest. 2006: Was a backup left offensive tackle and played on special teams as a redshirt freshman. Saw brief action at tackle against Arkansas, Stanford, Oregon, and UCLA. 2005: Redshirted as a freshman tight end in 2005. Switched to offensive tackle from tight end in the middle of the season.
*Marqise Lee heading into Jr season: 2014 NFL DRAFT BEST VALUE PICK: JACKSONVILLE JAGUARS: Round 2/39 -- Marqise Lee, WR, 6-0, 192, Southern California...The Jaguars coveted the Biletnikoff Award winner in his sophomore season, when he caught 118 passes for 1,721 yards. The numbers dropped off considerably a year ago to 57 catches and 791 yards, but he was slowed by a knee injury. The Jaguars think he is the playmaker they were lacking the last couple of years. He could show it as both a receiver and kick returner. - The Sports Xchange
*Damian Williams heading into rJr season: 2008: 13 GP; 9 GS; Rush: 4-43-10.8-0; Rec: 58-869-15-9; PR: 1-(-1)-(-1)-0; Williams emerged as USC's leading wide receiver as a sophomore in 2008. Overall in 2008 while appearing in all 13 games and starting 9 times (all but Virginia, Oregon State, California and Stanford), he led USC in receptions and receiving yardage as he caught 58 passes for 869 yards (15.0 avg.) with 9 TDs. His 58 receptions ranks 16th on USC's season list. He also ran 4 reverses for 43 yards (10.8 avg.) and returned a punt for minus 1 yard. He sprained his right shoulder at UCLA and missed half of that game. He made 2008 All-Pac-10 honorable mention, Phil Steele's All-Pac-10 second team and College Football News Sophomore All-American honorable mention and won USC's John McKay Award...2007: Transferred to USC in the spring of 2007 from Arkansas, sat out the 2007 season because of NCAA transfer rules as a sophomore. He tore a ligament in his shoulder during 2007 spring practice and sat out most of spring drills. He had post-spring surgery on both shoulders, which limited him in 2007...2006: Started 5 games at flanker for Arkansas as a first-year freshman in 2006 appearing in all 13 games, he caught 19 passes (second on the team) for 235 yards (12.4 avg.) with 2 TDs, plus he had a 5-yard run and made 3 tackles.
T.J. McDonald heading into Sr season: A closer look at the Rams' picks: Round 3/71 - T.J. McDonald, S, 6-2, 219, Southern Cal...He has played deep and in the box, and the Rams believe his versatility will fit the defense. Exhibits explosive athleticism. - The Sports Xchange
Fili Moala heading into rSr season: 2008: All-American first-team choice by The NFL Draft Report, earning second-team honors from The Sporting News and third-team accolades from College Football News and Rivals.com, in addition to being selected to the All-Pac 10 Conference first-team...Recipient of the Trojan's Defensive Lineman of the Year Award...Started all thirteen games at weak-side defensive tackle, leading a unit that ranked fifth in the nation in rush defense (87.38 ypg), placed second in total defense (221.77 ypg) and paced the major college ranks in scoring defense (9.00 ppg)...Recorded 30 tackles (16 solos), producing career-highs with 4.5 sacks for minus 32 yards and ten stops for losses of 41 yards...Registered one quarterback pressure, caused one fumble and deflected a pass...Also blocked a pair of kicks...2008 Preseason: Arrested in March 2008 for resisting and obstructing an officer after a fight at a Newport Beach bar was broken up by police. No charges were filed. 2007: 13 GP; 13 GS; 14 Sol-32 TT, 5.5 TFL, 2.5 SK; Moala started for his second season at defensive tackle as a junior in 2007. Overall in 2007 while starting all 13 games, he had 32 tackles, including 5.5 for losss of 21 yards (including 2.5 sacks for minus 16 yards). He was named to the 2007 Rivals.com All-Pac-10 first team and Phil Steele's All-Pac-10 honorable mention. 2006: 13 GP; 7 GS; 10 Sol-20 TT, 7 TFL, 2.5 SK, 4 PBU, 1 FR; Moala started USC's last 7 games at defensive tackle as a sophomore in 2006. 2005: 13 GP; 2 GS; 6 Sol-8 TT, 1 TFL; Moala saw key playing time at defensive tackle as a redshirt freshman in 2005, even starting 2 games (Arizona State and Arizona). Overall in 2005 while appearing in all 13 games, he had 8 tackles, including 1 for a loss of 1 yard. 2004: Moala redshirted as a freshman defensive tackle in 2004, his first year at USC. He sprained his right hand and his shoulder in 2004 fall practice and missed USC's first 4 games. He was USC's 2004 Service Team Defensive Player of the Year. 2003: He originally signed with USC in 2003, but did not qualify for admission, so he attended Cypress (Calif.) Junior College in 2003 as a part-time student (he didn't play football there)...His cousin is former Oregon defensive tackle Haloti Ngata (2002-05), now with the NFL's Baltimore Ravens.
Rhett Ellison heading into rSr season: A closer look at the Vikings' picks: Round 4/128 - Rhett Ellison, TE/FB, 6-5, 250, Southern California...A fullback-tight end hybrid in the mold of a Jim Kleinsasser, who retired after 13 seasons. - The Sports Xchange
*Nelson Agholor heading into Jr season: A closer look at the Eagles' six picks: Round 1/20 - Nelson Agholor, WR, 6-0, 198, USC...Agholor caught 104 passes for the Trojans last year, the third most in the school's history. He can line up inside or outside and has sub-4.4 speed and excellent hands. He also was one of the country's better punt returners. - The Sports Xchange
Shareece Wright heading into rSr season: 2010: Wright started all 13 games for the Trojans in 2010 at cornerback. He finished the year with 73 tackles, including seven for a loss and a team-high 10 pass deflections and two fumble recoveries. For his career, Wright totaled 127 tackles, 10.5 tackles for loss, 3.5 sacks, 15 pass deflections and four fumble recoveries. He made 17 career starts...2009: Was set to start at cornerback as a junior in 2009, but was ruled academically ineligible in 2009 fall camp and had to sit out the regular season. He regained his eligibility for the bowl game against Boston College and started that contest, getting 2 tackles and an interception...was limited in 2009 spring practice while recuperating from a neck injury...2008: Started USC's first 2 games (Virginia and Ohio State) of his 2008 junior season at cornerback and was productive, but then suffered a hairline fracture in his neck in practice prior to the Oregon State game and was sidelined the rest of the season. Because of the early-season injury, he was allowed to redshirt. Overall in 2008, he had 8 tackles (5 at Virginia and 3 versus Ohio State)...2007: Wright was a backup cornerback who was used often as USC's nickel back and also played on special teams as a sophomore in 2007. Overall in 2007 while appearing in 11 games, he had 29 tackles, including 3.5 for losses of 26 yards (with an 8-yard sack), plus 4 deflections...2006: Was a backup cornerback and key special teams player as a freshman in 2006, his first year at USC. Overall in 2006 while appearing in all 13 games, he had 15 tackles and 2 fumble recoveries.
Jeff Byers heading into rSr season: 2009 Senior Bowl Invite…2009 East-West Shrine Invite…2008: Received sixth year of eligibility. Byers started for his second season at left offensive guard as a senior in 2008 and did a solid job. He also played a limited amount at center. He made the All-Pac-10 second team, ESPN.com All-Bowl Team and earned USC's Chris Carlisle Courage Award. He missed part of 2008 fall camp while recovering from Rocky Mountain spotted fever, which he contracted during a summer visit to his Colorado home. He also had hernia surgery prior to 2008 spring practice. 2007: Byers ably re-assumed his starting role, with 12 starts at left offensive guard and also the Washington State game at center. He made the 2007 Phil Steele's All-Pac-10 third team. 2006: After seeing action as a backup in the opener at Arkansas, he suffered a back sprain prior to the Nebraska game and was sidelined the rest of the season. 2005: Byers was set to see plenty of action on the offensive line as a sophomore in 2005 as a left guard, either as a starter or key backup. But he had arthroscopic surgery to remove torn cartilage in his right hip prior to spring practice, forcing him to redshirt. 2004: As a first-year freshman, Byers started 4 late-season games (Oregon State, Arizona, Notre Dame and UCLA) at left offensive guard for an injured John Drake and performed well. He served as a backup there and at center in USC's other 9 contests. Made The Sporting News Freshman All-American second team and The Sporting News Freshman All-Pac-10 first team.
*Joe McKnight heading into Jr season: 2008: 11 GP; 1 GS; Rush: 89-659-7.4-2; Rec: 21-193-9.2-1; PR: 9-53-5.9-0; 1 Sol-1 TT; McKnight was used in a variety of ways while being a key component in USC's tailback rotation as a sophomore in 2008. He also again spent some time returning punts. Overall in 2008 while appearing in 11 games (all but Washington State and Washington) and starting the Oregon State game, he had 659 yards on 89 carries (7.4 avg.) with 2 TDs, plus he had 21 receptions for 193 yards (9.2 avg.) with 1 TD and 9 punt returns for 53 yards (5.9 avg.). His 7.4 average per carry in 2008 was fourth best in the nation. He had 5 games with at least 100 all-purpose yards and 2 games with 100-plus rushing yards in 2008...2007: 13 GP; 1 GS; Rush: 94-540-5.7-3; Rec: 23-203-8.8-1; PR: 19-160-8.4-0; McKnight served as an often-used backup tailback and was USC's top punt returner as a first-year freshman in 2007. Overall in 2007 while appearing in all 13 games (he even started against Illinois), he ran for 540 yards on 94 carries (5.7 avg.) with 3 touchdowns, caught 23 passes for 203 yards (8.8 avg.) with 1 TD and returned 19 punts for 160 yards (8.4 avg.).
Anthony McCoy heading into Sr season: 2009 Senior Bowl Invite…2009: Suspended for a spring practice because of missing punitive workout for missing classes/tutoring sessions. 2008: 13 GP; 13 GS; Rec: 22-256-11.6-1; All-Pac-10 honorable mention. 2007: 13 GP; 0 GS; Rec: 2-18-9-1; Backup tight end and special teamers as a sophomore. Sat out most of spring practice with an ankle sprain. 2006: Saw brief action in 3 early games (Arkansas, Arizona, Arizona State) and then against Michigan in the Rose Bowl as a backup tight end as a freshman, but did not catch a pass. He strained his hamstring prior to the Oregon State game and was sidelined for the rest of the regular season.
David Ausberry heading into rSr season: 2009: Started the first 6 games of 2009 as a junior, but then he missed the next 6 games with a stress fracture in his leg before returning for the Boston College game...appearing in 7 games, he caught 12 passes for 123 yards (10.2 avg.) and also made a tackle...2008: Was a backup wide receiver as a sophomore...appearing in 12 games, he caught 6 passes for 85 yards (14.3 avg.) with a TD...2007: Started 5 games at wide receiver and served as an often-employed backup in the other games as a redshirt freshman...appearing in all 13 games, he had 26 receptions for 240 yards (9.2 avg.) with 2 TD and he made 1 tackle...2006: Redshirted.
*Jurrell Casey heading into Jr season: 2010: Casey, a 2-year starter, had 4.5 sacks and 11 tackles for losses in 2010 to go along with his 67 tackles. He also had 2 pass deflections, an interception and a fumble recovery...2009: Started all of 2009 on the defensive line as a sophomore. He started twice at nose tackle (Notre Dame, Oregon State) and the other 11 games at defensive tackle. Overall in 2009 while appearing in all 13 games, he had 59 tackles, including 9 for losses (with 4.5 sacks), plus a team-best 3 fumble recoveries, 2 forced fumbles and a deflection. He was named 2009 CollegeFootballNews.com Sophomore All-American second team, All-Pac-10 honorable mention, Phil Steele's All-Pac-10 first team and USC Co-Defensive Lineman of the Year Award...2008: Saw significant playing time as a backup nose tackle as a first-year freshman in 2008 and was impressive. Overall in 2008 while appearing in 12 games (all but California), he made 12 tackles, including 2 for losses of 7 yards, and forced a fumble. He had 3 tackles versus Notre Dame (with the forced fumble, which USC recovered) and 2 against Arizona and Washington. He won USC's Service Team Defensive Player of the Year Award.
Alex Parsons heading into rSr season: 2007: Switched from defensive tackle to offensive tackle in 2007 fall camp. He saw action in all 13 games on special teams (primarily on kickoff return) and limited action as a backup on the offensive line...2006: Reserve freshman defensive tackle...appeared in all 13 games in 2006, primarily on special teams...brother, B. Jay Parsons, was a defensive end at Kentucky (2004-05).
*Javorius Allen heading into rJr season: A closer look at the Ravens' nine picks: Round 4/125 -- Buck Allen, RB, 6-0, 221, USC...Allen is a one-cut, downhill runner with excellent hands out of the backfield. Allen should provide a nice complementary presence working in tandem with veteran runner Justin Forsett. - The Sports Xchange
Kyle Moore heading into Sr season: 2007: 13 GP; 11 GS; 15 Sol-35 TT, 3.5 TFL, 2 SK, 2 INT, 5 PBU, 1 FR, 1 FF; Moore did a solid job while starting at defensive end as a junior in 2007. Overall in 2007 while appearing in all 13 games and starting 11 (all but Idaho and Arizona State), he had 35 tackles, including 3.5 for losses of 29 yards (with 2 sacks for 20 yards), plus 2 interceptions that he returned 38 yards (19.0 avg.), 5 deflections, 1 forced fumble and 1 fumble recovery. He had 3 takeaways in USC's first 3 games of 2007...2006: 13 GP; 0 GS; 4 Sol-5 TT, 1 PBU; Moore was an often-used backup defensive end as sophomore in 2006. Overall in 2006 while appearing in all 13 games, he had 5 tackles and a deflection. He had 2 stops at Stanford...2005: 11 GP; 0 GS; 5 Sol-6 TT, 2 FR; Moore served as a backup defensive end as a first-year freshman in 2005. Overall in 2005 while appearing in 11 games (he sprained his right knee in the Hawaii opener and missed the Arkansas and Oregon games), he made 6 tackles and recovered a team-high 2 fumbles.
Kaluka Maiava heading into Sr season: 2007: 13 GP; 1 GS; 26 Sol-44 TT, 4.5 TFL, 2 SK, 2 PBU, 1 QBH, 1 FF; Maiava was a key backup linebacker and special teams player as a junior in 2007. Overall in 2007 while appearing in all 13 games, he had 44 tackles, including 4.5 for losses of 18 yards (with 2 sacks for minus 11 yards), plus 2 deflections and 1 forced fumble. He even started the Arizona State game on the weakside. He had 7 tackles (1 for a loss) and a deflection at Nebraska, 2 tackles and a deflection against Washington State, 2 stops at Washington, 5 tackles versus Stanford, 2 tackles against Arizona and 5 tackles at Notre Dame. He then had 4 tackles at California, a team-best and career-high 10 stops (0.5 for a loss) at Arizona State and 2 of his 4 tackles against UCLA were for losses (with a sack). He had 3 tackles (including a sack) and a forced fumble (on the USC 1-yard line, which the Trojans recovered in the end zone) against Illinois. 2006: 12 GP; 0 GS; 15 Sol-34 TT, 8 TFL, 4.5 SK, 3 PBU, 1 QBH, 2 FR, 1 FF, 1 BLK; Maiava was the backup weakside linebacker and a key special teams player as a sophomore in 2006. Overall in 2006 while appearing in 12 games (he missed the Arkansas opener with a shoulder sprain suffered in 2006 fall camp), he had 34 tackles, including 3.5 for losses of 13 yards. He had 8 tackles (0.5 for a loss) at Oregon State, 6 against both Stanford and Oregon (with 1 for a loss), 3 against Washington State and Arizona State and 2 against Nebraska, Notre Dame and UCLA. He had a tackle for a loss against Washington and California. He won USC's Co-Special Teams Player of the Year Award. 2005: 13 GP; 1 GS; 12 Sol-20 TT, 1 INT, 1 FR; Maiava served as a backup outside linebacker and key special teams player as a first-year freshman in 2005. Overall in 2005 while appearing in all 13 games (he even started against Stanford), he had 20 tackles, 1 fumble recovery and 1 interception that he returned 10 yards. He had 4 tackles versus Stanford and UCLA, 3 against Arkansas (with the interception to set up a USC touchdown) and 2 against Oregon, Washington and Fresno State. He had a tackle and recovered a fumble to set up a USC TD against Texas. He won USC's Co-Special Teams Player of the Year and Service Team Defensive Player of the Year Awards.
Josh Shaw heading into rSr season: A closer look at the Bengals' nine picks: Round 4/120 - Josh Shaw, CB, 6-0, 201, USC...The Bengals add another tall, physical corner for their man-to-man coverage style. Shaw has played on the outside, in the slot and at safety in college. The Bengals love that versatility. It helped trump any issues they might have had concerning his suspension last season for lying. - The Sports Xchange
Kevin Ellison heading into Sr season: 2007: 13 GP; 13 GS; 36 Sol-57 TT, 8 TFL, 2 SK, 2 INT, 5 PBU, 1 FF; Ellison started for his second season at strong safety as a junior in 2007. Overall in 2007 while appearing in all 13 games, he had 57 tackles, including 8 for losses of 27 yards (with 2 sacks for minus 15 yards), plus 2 interceptions that he returned 9 yards (4.5 avg.), 6 deflections and 2 forced fumbles. He made the 2007 All-Pac-10 first team, ESPN.com All-Pac-10 first team and Phil Steele's All-Pac-10 second team. He won USC's Bob Chandler Award and Co-Lifter of the Year Award...had arthroscopic surgery on his left knee prior to 2007 spring practice...2006: 13 GP; 13 GS; 36 Sol-64 TT, 6 TFL, 1.5 SK, 1 INT, 5 PBU, 1 FF; Ellison started all of his 2006 sophomore season at strong safety and did a sound job. Overall in 2006 while appearing in all 13 games, he had 64 tackles, including 6 for losses of 21 yards (with 1.5 sacks for minus 7 yards), plus an interception, 5 deflections and a forced fumble. He made 2006 Collegefootballnews.com Sophomore All-American second team and All-Pac-10 honorable mention. He won USC's Jack Oakie "Rise and Shine" Award (biggest hit)...2005: 4 GP; 0 GS; 4 Sol-6 TT, 1 INT, 2 QBH, 1 FF; Ellison, who graduated a semester early from high school and enrolled at USC in the spring of 2005, was headed to an impressive season as a backup strong safety and key special teams player as a first-year freshman in 2005, appearing often in extra defensive back situations. But he tore ligaments and got a fracture in his left knee while making a crucial interception late in the Arizona State game and had surgery, sidelining him the rest of the season. Overall while appearing in USC's first 4 games of 2005, he made 6 tackles, the interception and a forced fumble. He made the 2005 The Sporting News Pac-10 All-Freshman first team. His brother, Chris, was a defensive back at BYU in 1997 and 1998, while another brother, Keith, was a linebacker at Oregon State in 2004 and 2005 (he also played at San Diego State in 2002) who now plays with the NFL's Buffalo Bills. His cousin, Donminic Ellison, played basketball at Washington State and New Mexico State.
Hayes Pullard heading into rSr season: A closer look at the Browns' 12 picks: Round 7/219 - Hayes Pullard, ILB, 6-1, 240, USC...Pullard made 377 tackles in four years at USC. The NFL.com summary says Pullard doesn't give away cutback lanes but also says he is "not a tough guy on tape." Browns starting inside linebacker Karlos Dansby will be 34 in November. - The Sports Xchange
Chris Galippo heading into rSr season: 2010: All-Pac-10 honorable mention selection appeared in all 13 games, starting seven (2 at Will and 5 at Mike) … made 29 tackles, including 2 for losses (with 1 sack), plus 2 interceptions and a team-high 3 forced fumbles … won USC's Special Teams Player of the Year Award. 2009: Started all 13 games … had 70 tackles (third on USC), including 8 for losses (with 1.5 sacks), plus he had 2 interceptions (returned for 63 yards), 2 forced fumbles and 6 deflections … semifinalist for the 2009 Butkus Award, All-Pac-10 honorable mention … made game-best 9 tackles (3 for a loss, with 0.5 sack) and a forced fumble against San Jose State … had 5 stops and returned an interception 51 yards on the game's third play to set up a USC TD at Ohio State. 2008: Appeared in 10 games on special teams and as a reserve middle linebacker … missed the season's first 3 games while recuperating after previous year's surgery on a herniated disk … made 12 tackles, including 2 for losses of 3 yards, plus had a deflection and an interception that he returned 50 yards vs. Washington … had 4 tackles (1.5 for losses) at Washington State. 2007: Saw action in USC's first three games as a backup linebacker and on special teams before suffering a herniated disk in his back prior to the Washington game and having season-ending surgery … had 8 tackles, 4 at Nebraska.
Kevin Thomas heading into rSr season: 2009 East-West Shrine Invite…2008: 13 GP; 2 GS; 11 Sol-15 TT, 2 TFL, 2 SK, 3 INT, 7 PBU; Missed most of the previous 2 seasons with injuries but didn't miss a beat, seeing significant playing time at cornerback. He appeared in all 13 games in 2008, primarily as an often-used backup and as the nickel back, and he even started 2 games (Washington State and Arizona). Had a team-high 3 interceptions (including 1 returned for a TD). 2007: Thomas redshirted as a junior cornerback while recuperating from surgery on a sprained left shoulder prior to spring practice. 2006: 4 GP; 1 GS; 9 Sol-10 TT, 1 PBU, 1 FR; Thomas was set to be a key contributor at cornerback, but injuries limited his availability. Started the opener at Arkansas but sprained his right ankle in that game, which caused him to miss the next 2 games (Nebraska and Arizona). Returned for USC’s next 3 games (even starting against Arizona State) but broke his left foot against Arizona State and was sidelined the rest of the season. 2005: 9 GP; 0 GS; 5 Sol-7 TT, 2 PBU; Saw action as a backup cornerback and on special teams as a first-year freshman. Missed the Oregon, Arizona State and Arizona games because of mononucleosis.
Will Harris heading into rSr season: 2007: Early career at USC had been hampered by injuries, was a backup strong safety and played on special teams as a sophomore in 2007...Overall in 2007 while appearing in 10 games (all but Idaho, Oregon and California), he had 5 tackles...2006: Missed the 2006 campaign after tearing ligaments in his right knee while playing pickup basketball in May of 2006, which required surgery...He missed some of 2006 spring drills while recuperating from a 2005 knee injury...2005: Moved to cornerback early in his 2005 firstyear freshman season and saw limited action there as a reserve and on special teams, but his season was plagued by injuries. He missed USC’s first 6 games because of an ankle sprain suffered in 2005 fall camp, then he sprained his right knee against Stanford and was sidelined the rest of the season.
Devon Kennard heading into rSr season: A closer look at the Giants' picks: Round 5/174 -- Devon Kennard, LB, 6-3, 255, Southern California...Versatile linebacker who can play on the strong side or in the middle. Kennard started his collegiate career as a defensive end in a 3-4 but showed enough football acumen to encourage coaches to trust him with multiple roles, including that of a pass rusher. With the Giants still short on defensive ends, Kennard figures to contribute at that position in certain packages. - The Sports Xchange
Patrick Turner heading into Sr season: 2007: 11 GP; 10 GS; Rec: 48-569-11.9-3; 1 Sol-1 TT, 1 FF; Turner started at both wideout spots (3 early-season games at flanker and 7 contests at split end) in his 2007 junior season. Overall in 2007 while appearing in 11 games (all but Idaho and Illinois) and starting 10 times (all but Idaho and UCLA), he had 48 receptions for 569 yards (11.9 avg.) with 3 touchdowns. He also had a tackle and a forced fumble. He was a 2007 Phil Steele's All-Pac-10 honorable mention pick. He missed the Idaho game after suffering a stinger in 2007 fall camp and the Illinois game with a thigh bruise suffered in practice...2006: 13 GP; 2 GS; Rec: 29-272-9.4-2; Turner saw significant action as a sophomore backup wide receiver in 2006. Overall in 2006 while appearing in all 13 games (he even started the Washington State and Washington games), he caught 29 passes for 272 yards (9.4 avg.) with 2 TDs. He also made 2 tackles and threw an incomplete pass (off a reverse against Nebraska)...2005: 12 GP; 0 GS; Rec: 12-170-14.2-2; Turner served as an often-used backup wide receiver as a first-year freshman in 2005. Overall in 2005 while appearing in 12 games (all but UCLA), he had 12 catches for 170 yards (14.2 avg.) with 2 TDs. He strained his right hamstring against Fresno State and missed the UCLA game.
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