USC: Richard Sherman

Pac-12 players in the Super Bowl

February, 3, 2014
Another Super Bowl is in the books, and Pac-12 alumni played a major role in the Seattle Seahawks' 43-8 win over the Denver Broncos. Is it any surprise that the team with the most Pac-12 players won the game? (Hint, hint, Mr. Elway).

In all, there were 16 active players on both rosters: 11 for the Seahawks and five for the Broncos. There are other Pac-12 players on the rosters or practice squads, but they were either injured, suspended or inactive for XLVIII.

The standout was former USC linebacker Malcolm Smith, who was named MVP for an inspired defensive performance. The Pac-12 had hit a bit of an MVP dry spell. After John Elway (Stanford) won the MVP in 1999, the league went more than a decade without having an MVP. Now it has two in the last four years after Aaron Rodgers (Cal) was MVP of XLV, and now it's Smith's turn.

Here’s a look at how the the Pac-12 alumni performed.

Seattle Seahawks
  • Doug Baldwin, WR, Stanford: Started at wide receiver. Led the Seahawks with five catches for 66 yards, including a 10-yard touchdown. Also had an assisted tackle on special teams.
  • Derrick Coleman, RB, UCLA: Recorded one tackle on special teams.
  • Jermaine Kearse, WR, Washington: Caught four balls for 65 yards, including a 24-yard touchdown.
  • Marshawn Lynch, RB, Cal: Started at running back. Carried 15 times for 39 yards, including a 1-yard touchdown.
  • Brandon Mebane, DT, Cal: Posted three tackles, including a tackle for a loss.
  • Zach Miller, TE, ASU: Started at tight end. Had one catch for 10 yards and recovered an onside kick.
  • Mike Morgan, LB, USC: Appeared, but did not record any stats.
  • Richard Sherman, CB, Stanford: Started at left cornerback. Posted three tackles (two solo) with one pass defended. Left game with an injury in the fourth quarter.
  • Malcolm Smith, LB, USC: Crowned Super Bowl MVP. Returned an interception 69 yards for a touchdown and recovered a fumble to go along with 10 tackles (six solo) and a defended pass.
  • Walter Thurmond, CB, Oregon: Started at cornerback. Posted three tackles (one solo).
  • Max Unger, C, Oregon: Started at center.
Denver Broncos

Pac-12's lunch links

January, 21, 2014
Hyman Roth always makes money for his partners. One by one, our old friends are gone. Death, natural or not, prison, deported. Hyman Roth is the only one left, because he always made money for his partners.

Thursday practice report: Breakdown

October, 7, 2010
Notes, quotes and video from Thursday's practice follow. For news on assistant coach Ed Orgeron, who was absent from practice because of an infection, go here.
  • Allen Bradford will start Saturday's game against Stanford, USC coach Lane Kiffin said after Thursday's practice. Bradford, a 6-foot, 235-pound redshirt senior, has started only one other game in his USC career -- the Emerald Bowl win over Boston College last December. But his super-impressive numbers this season -- 100 rushing yards per game, 9.8 yards per carry -- apparently convinced Kiffin he was worthy of the spot. Bradford was the projected starter for much of spring and fall camp until Marc Tyler overtook him in late August, and he was the Trojans' second-leading rusher in 2009, trailing only Joe McKnight.
  • Eight of 22 USC starters missed some or all of practice. Here's the full injury report: defensive end Nick Perry (ankle), cornerbacks Brian Baucham and Shareece Wright (ankle), fullback Stanley Havili (shoulder), receiver Robert Woods and offensive linemen Khaled Holmes, Butch Lewis and Kristofer O'Dowd (shoulder) were all limited, and defensive end Wes Horton (back) and linebacker Simione Vehikite (neck) did not practice at all. Horton has not suited up all week and looks to be a longshot to play against Stanford.
  • Dillon Baxter agreed with Kiffin's assessment from Wednesday that this has been his best week of practice in a while. Again Thursday, he seemed to be a focal point of the USC offense, catching and carrying a lot of balls and looking sharp doing it. But although Kiffin mostly dismissed the concept when asked Wednesday, Baxter said Thursday that the USC defense does indeed appear to be keying on him during practice. Safety Jawanza Starling said Wednesday it was because Baxter has the potential to embarrass defenders while running the ball, as he did many times during spring practices, and Baxter agreed."It seems like when I shake someone, the whole defense just gets mad and tries to hit me or something," he said. "[I'm] the one getting picked on."
  • Kiffin said he was happier with Thursday's performance from his two competing kickers -- Joe Houston and Jake Harfman combined to go a respectable 8-for-10 -- but indicated that a lot more work still must be done. Neither Houston nor Harfman attempted a field goal from more than 33 or 34 yards. Joked Kiffin: "Hopefully, they'll let us not wear pads and kick the ball with the wind at our back." Despite special teams coach John Baxter's comments earlier in the week that Houston has been chosen as the kicker for this week, Kiffin reiterated Thursday that no decision has been made. Baxter spoke cryptically about the position battle Thursday, saying only that the kickers are "both good players."
  • Sophomore safety T.J. McDonald was asked about Stanford quarterback Andrew Luck's running ability as compared to the quarterback the Trojans faced last week, Washington's Jake Locker. "With Andrew Luck, when he scrambles, you gotta make sure that you stay on your guy -- because he can scramble, keep his head up and still find a guy. They're both good quarterbacks, so we're gonna have our hands full this week."
  • Final notes: The Trojans have an early afternoon walk-through scheduled for Friday before they depart for the Bay Area. ... Stanford is dealing with a number of injuries as well. Both Cardinal receivers -- Ryan Whalen, who went to high school with injured USC safety Drew McAllister, and Chris Owusu, an Oaks Christian High product -- could miss Saturday's game, although both have said they plan to play. Cornerback Richard Sherman, who has tormented the Trojans in the past, has missed practice this week.


Kiffin spoke to the media after Thursday's practice. He addressed the Orgeron situation and provided his assessment of USC quarterback Matt Barkley's week of practice.

See what else Kiffin had to say, including continued praise of the Cardinal's physicality and up-tempo offense:


Baxter was a non-factor against Washington last week -- even as the Trojans broke out the Wildcat offense for the first time -- but looks ready for a much bigger role for the Stanford game.

See what he said about that possibility and a number of topics after Thursday's practice:



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