USC: Vidal Hazelton

Matt Barkley making the rounds; media guide focuses on numbers

July, 27, 2010
USC quarterback Matt Barkley spent Tuesday roaming ESPN's Bristol, Conn., campus.

Before taking off for the New York City edition of Pac-10 media days, the sophomore made 11 different appearances on a variety of platforms throughout his day in Bristol, including "SportsCenter," ESPNews and "College Football Live." A few highlights are below.

On "SportsCenter," the 19-year-old Barkley talked about the Trojans' task at hand this season, putting a two-year postseason ban on the backburner and focusing on the 13 games still left to play.

"You can't sanction heart, and you can't sanction the will to win," he told anchor Chris McKendry. "We're looking forward to this season and trying to be 1-0 every week and do the best we can."

McKendry asked an interesting question a bit later: Why are so many people always mad at his coach, Lane Kiffin?

"I don't know," Barkley answered, appearing genuine. "He seems to stir up a lot of controversy, but we love him and he's great for where we're at right now."

And Barkley, who later asked former NFL head coach Herm Edwards about the Tampa-2 defense during an on-field segment of College Football Live, was asked about the growing agent issue in college football.

He addressed it by bringing up the focus on compliance at USC.

"We've had a lot of meetings with them, especially in the last couple months, and they've done a great job of showing what we can and cannot do."


The 2010 USC media guide is out -- online, at least.

The hard copy of the book is not immediately available, but the cover can be seen online. With Kiffin on the front, his hands on his hips and a sparse Coliseum crowd (?) behind him, the page reads: 11 national championships, 31 bowl victories, 7 Heisman Trophy winners, 156 All-American first-teamers and 437 NFL players.

In short, USC football's all about the numbers.

Carswell to Cincinnati, Patterson to Colorado

July, 22, 2010
Two USC receivers announced plans to transfer Wednesday, with redshirt junior Brandon Carswell saying via Twitter that he is heading to Cincinnati and senior Travon Patterson telling he will transfer to Colorado.

Backups both, the two totaled 16 catches for 124 yards in their five collective seasons at USC.

Carswell had long been rumored to be considering a transfer but denied speculation earlier in the week that he had made his decision. Tuesday, former USC receiver Vidal Hazelton, now playing for the Bearcats, announced via Twitter that Carswell would be joining him in Cincinnati; Wednesday, Carswell confirmed that, tweeting: "Leaving to Cincinnati on Tuesday... It's going to be new but fun I can't wait."

Patterson told the USC-centric site late Wednesday night that he would be heading to Colorado, where he will join a squad boasting only three experienced players at receiver, including senior Scotty McKnight, who had 76 catches for nearly 900 yards in 2009. Colorado also has only two scholarship receivers who are taller than 5-11, meaning the 5-9 Patterson will fit right in.

Of course, the moves leave the Trojans with only three scholarship returnees at receiver: senior Ronald Johnson, redshirt sophomore Brice Butler and sophomore De'Von Flournoy. Flournoy played sparingly in 2009 while Butler started once and played in all 13 games. Johnson was the No. 2 receiver across from departed star Damian Williams.

Of course, USC has an influx of talent in the class of 2010 at receiver, with Kyle Prater, Markeith Ambles and Robert Woods already practicing with the team during summer throwing sessions. Prater enrolled early and spent spring practice with the Trojans.



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J. Allen25013375.39
J. Davis1255504.44
N. Agholor97122312.611
J. Smith5165812.95