Pac-12: Jordan Campbell
Who's back: Six starters on offense, six on defense and punter Jacob Harfman.
Big names: QB Matt Barkley, C Kristofer O'Dowd, DT Jurrell Casey
What's new: Everything? Pete Carroll is out; Lane Kiffin is in. The only holdover from Carroll's staff is receivers coach John Morton. The postseason is out; NCAA sanctions are in. AD Mike Garrett is out; Pat Haden is in. Defending Pac-10 champions is out; finishing with four conference losses is in. Certain dominance is out; questions about the future are in.
Key competition: There are lots of areas of intrigue, starting with returning starter Chris Galippo trying to hold onto the job at middle linebacker against converted end Devon Kennard. Who will replace the injured Christian Tupou at defensive tackle: Either DaJohn Harris or Hebron Fangupo. What's the pecking order behind Allen Bradford at tailback? And what about receiver, where freshmen Kyle Prater, Robert Woods and Markeith Ambles figure to challenge returning veterans. The only certainty in the rebuilt secondary is CB Shareece Wright. Oh, and freshman Kevin Graf is listed ahead of returning starter Butch Lewis at left guard.
Breaking out: Wright, O'Dowd, WR Ronald Johnson and DE Armond Armstead will be all-conference if they stay healthy. What will Barkley in Year 2 look like after starting as a true freshman? Kennard looks like a rising star. Freshman RB Dillon Baxter had folks whispering "Reggie Bush II" in spring practices. Hopefully without the greedy parents and accompanying parasites.
Quote: Kiffin on the team's strengths and weaknesses: “I feel good about our defensive line. Depth in general is going to be an issue. We have to be extremely intelligent and smart. Seven of our 10 coaches have NFL experience. We’re going to have to be NFL-oriented because of our situation.
Notes: The Trojans were picked second in the preseason media poll. They received 12 first-place votes compared to 15 for Oregon. It was the first time in seven polls USC hadn't been picked first. ... 13 returning starters is the second fewest in the conference. ... Players who left the program after NCAA sanctions were announced: safety Byron Moore (junior college), linebacker Jordan Campbell (Louisville), wide receiver Travon Patterson (Colorado), fullback D.J. Shoemate (Connecticut), defensive end Malik Jackson (Tennessee). Also, the Trojans released touted offensive lineman Seantrel Henderson (Miami) and linebacker signee Glen Stanley (Florida State) from their scholarship commitments.
Moore was listed No. 2 on the post-spring depth chart behind Jawanza Starling.
Moore will have to sit out a year before transferring to another FBS program. As a freshman, he's not eligible to take advantage of the NCAA waver that allows Trojans juniors and seniors to transfer to another program and be eligible to play this fall.
Moore is the third player to opt to transfer after the program was hit with NCAA sanctions, joining linebacker Jordan Campbell (Louisville) and defensive end Malik Jackson (Tennessee). Also, the Trojans released touted offensive lineman Seantrel Henderson from his scholarship commitment, and linebacker signee Glen Stanley reportedly also wants a release.
Malik Jackson, a junior listed No. 2 on the depth chart behind Armond Armstead, is transferring to Tennessee, where he will be immediately eligible to play this fall.
Jackson had 3.5 sacks last year. He's the second Trojans reserve to take advantage of a ruling by the NCAA that juniors and seniors can transfer from USC without sitting out a season. Linebacker Jordan Campbell previously opted to transfer to Louisville.
Meanwhile, linebacker Kent Turene of Boyd Anderson (Ft. Lauderdale, Fla.) gave the Trojans an oral commitment, picking them over Florida, Miami, Florida State, LSU, Mississippi, Mississippi State, Alabama, Tennessee and Georgia.
The 6-foot-2, 225 pounder is ranked the No. 8 linebacker in the nation by ESPNU. He's the Trojans 11th commitment. He plans on graduating high school early in order to enroll in January.
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- Arizona wants Conan to be a barbarian -- on the O-line. A lack of news isn't a bad things for the Wildcats.
- Arizona State -- finally -- might have some answers at tight end.
- Who's No. 2 for California at running back?
- Oregon's spring game will be televised on ESPN2. Mike Bellotti's $2.3 million golden parachute continues to stir controversy -- and no one seems to understand what the money exactly is.
- The door remains open if defensive end Matt LaGrone wants to return to Oregon State. Big news at Oregon State!
- Five thing to watch this spring at UCLA. Kevin Prince is the No. 1 quarterback -- can he become a leader?
- USC QB Matt Barkley welcomes competition. Linebacker Jordan Campbell needs to get his act together because the Trojans need him. Notes from USC's pro day.
- Washington has a QB competition -- for the No. 2 spot.
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Updating the worst part about the game.
Arizona is banged up but it has a chance to get much healthier during its bye week and before it visits Washington on Oct. 10. Receiver Bug Wright is out after knee surgery, but running back Nic Grigsby (shoulder), running back Keola Antolin (ankle), defensive end Brooks Reed (ankle), offensive tackle Mike Diaz (concussion), offensive guard Vaughn Dotsy (concussion) and receiver Delashaun Dean (thigh bruise) all could be ready to go after the bye.
The Sun Devils get defensive end James Brooks back from a three-game suspension, which means senior end Dexter Davis can move back to the weak side, where he has a better chance to get to the quarterback. On the downside, the struggling offensive line has issues. The top two centers, Garth Gerhart (toe) and Thomas Altieri (knee) are banged up, as are guards Jon Hargis (shoulder), Zach Schlink (knee) and Matt Hustad (knee). Hustad is doubtful for Oregon State's visit, while the others are questionable. Also, tight end Jovon Williams (knee) is questionable.
Oregon cornerback Walter Thurmond is likely out for a few games with a knee injury. Coach Chip Kelly may provide more specifics during his news conference today, but he typically calls every player "day-to-day" and forces reporters to read between the lines. Kelly did say Saturday that he didn't believe Thurmond would be done for the season. Safety T.J. Ward (ankle) and receiver Rory Cavaille (shoulder) are both questionable.
Receiver Darrell Catchings, who just came back from a wrist injury, is now out for 2-3 weeks with an ankle sprain. Also, linebacker Keaton Kristick suffered a stinger against Arizona and probably won't practice much this week.
Backup tailback Jeremy Stewart hurt is right knee against Washington. It's unclear how serious the injury is.
Defensive tackle Hebron Fangupo (broken leg) and end Marshall Jones (neck) suffered season-ending injuries against Washington State. Linebackers Jordan Campbell and Nick Garratt sprained their ankles and are questionable for the Cal game as is linebacker Malcolm Smith (ankle), who sat out against the Cougars.
The Huskies might get receiver Devin Aguilar back for the visit to Notre Dame. Aguilar sat out the Stanford game with a sprained knee.
The Cougars can't stay healthy. They probably lost a starting offensive and defensive lineman against USC: Steven Ayers (ankle) and defensive tackle Josh Luapo (knee). Starting guards B. J. Guerra (knee) and Zack Williams (ankle) aren't expected to be ready to play at Oregon. Defensive end Kevin Kooyman (knee) missed the USC game but might be ready for the trip to Eugene.
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Matt Barkley will be back. So will Taylor Mays (maybe).
Pete Carroll said both will start Saturday against Washington State, though judging from practice reports neither is 100 percent.
The Trojans are a 43-point favorite. They visit No. 6 California on Oct. 3.
Linebacker Malcolm Smith (ankle) won't play. He'll be replaced by Jordan Campbell. Linebacker Luthur Brown, who would have replaced Smith, is questionable with a back problem.
Further, the Trojans have changed punters. Jake Harfman will replace Billy O'Malley.
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A spokesperson from the Nantucket Police Department said Thursday there were no criminal charges filed against USC defensive end Everson Griffen or linebacker Jordan Campbell, nor were the pair arrested, as reported elsewhere, for "breach of peace."
The pair were cited for being at loud at a July 4th party
"The charges were a civil matter -- kind of like getting a speeding ticket for making too much noise," the spokesperson said. "As far as criminal matters there are no criminal matters for any of the individuals involved in that party."
A USC spokesperson said both will write a letter of apology but no further action is expected.
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- Reader alerted me to this Web site on Arizona sports. Good stuff put together by a couple of former AZ Star sportswriters.
- Is it just me or does there seem to be a heap of Heaps being recruited these days?
- Breaking down another play from California's Emerald Bowl win over Miami: This one has a happy ending for Bears fans.
- Interesting questions, interesting answers about Oregon football.
- Considering the thickening plot at quarterback as Oregon State's Lyle Moevao works his way back to 100 percent.
- My personal take: Stanford coach Jim Harbaugh might be the Pac-10's best Tweeter.
- UCLA gets a commitment from a defensive end with ties to USC.
- It doesn't appear that some Fourth of July revelry will be a problem for USC's Everson Griffen and Jordan Campbell.
- This touted O-lineman says Washington leads UCLA and Cal in his recruitment. A couple of former Washington coaches end up in Terre Haute.
- In the business of college sports during a down economy, Title IX compliance becomes complicated.