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Monday, September 6, 2010
USC mates Sanchez, Turner together again

The Miami Dolphins waived two big names from their 2009 draft class.

Second-round quarterback Pat White went unclaimed Sunday, marking another depressing day in his moribund pro career.

Third-round receiver Patrick Turner was claimed by the New York Jets.

Not only does Turner remain in the AFC East, but he also has been reunited with his college quarterback. Mark Sanchez and Turner teamed up for some impressive numbers at USC and nearly won a national title together.

Turner led the Trojans in touchdowns -- rushing or passing -- in 2008. He caught 49 passes for 741 yards and 10 touchdowns.

Maybe Sanchez will help him find a spark because Turner has flatlined in the NFL. Turner was inactive for all but two games last year. He had no receptions. This summer, he was outplayed by undrafted rookies Marlon Moore and Roberto Wallace, who made the 53-man roster Saturday.

Jets rookie running back Joe McKnight, a fourth-round pick, also played at USC with Sanchez and Turner.

I doubt future USC ads will tout this trio as examples of how former Trojans make seamless NFL transitions, but the Jets are taking a shot on the former teammates growing together.