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McDonald earns defensive back honor

October, 5, 2011
USC safety T.J. McDonald was named the Jim Thorpe defensive back of the week Monday after a two-interception performance in the Trojans' 48-41 win over Arizona last week.

McDonald, a junior, picked off Wildcats quarterback Nick Foles twice in the first quarter and added a fourth-quarter onside kick recovery to lead the USC defense. He also added six tackles and a pass breakup to beat out other contenders for the award, such as LSU's Tyrann Mathieu and Oklahoma's Tony Jefferson.

The Thorpe award, in its 25th season, honors the nation's top defensive back each season, selecting from three finalists determined by a committee. LSU's Patrick Peterson won in 2010, following Tennessee's Eric Berry in 2009.

McDonald was one of 37 players named the award's preseason watch list released in July.

Tuesday links and notes

February, 10, 2010
Slow day in USC news, but here's what we could gather up:
  • Tight ends coach Brennan Carroll is out at USC, ESPN affiliate WeAreSC reports. Carroll first joined the USC staff as a graduate assistant under his father, Pete, in 2002. He spent the past eight seasons in a variety of positions on the Trojans' coaching staff, including recruiting coordinator. No word on Carroll's destination, but if he heads to Seattle to join his father, he'll be the ninth person to leave USC for the Seahawks.
  • New coach Lane Kiffin's arrival at USC last month was the subject of much consternation, to say the least, but his All-American safety at Tennessee said he wasn't surprised when Kiffin left to coach the Trojans. Eric Berry told The Oklahoman as soon as the USC job opened up he "immediately knew — ‘Oh, it’s going to be Coach Kiffin.' "
  • An exhibit showcasing the artwork of 18 USC student-athletes goes up Thursday at the Galen Center, the university announced in a news release Tuesday. Among the athletes to have pieces featured include backup quarterback Mitch Mustain, point guard Ashley Corral, and 2009 Pac-10 player of the year in tennis, Robert Farah. The free display lasts until March 22, with a special reception scheduled for Feb. 22. They call it "ARTLETICS."
  • So David Sills, the 13-year-old quarterback from Delaware who verbally committed to USC last week, is still in the news, making the rounds on the morning news circuit this week. But check out this article from last year, on Sills' story didn't just come out of the woodwork, as you can see. In the article, published nearly a year ago, his private coach Steve Clarkson says he "could very well redefine the quarterback position one day."



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