The honors keep coming for three former Pac-12 football players now with NFL teams. Stanford's Trent Murphy, USC's Devon Kennard and Washington State's Deone Bucannon were all named Pac-12 Tom Hansen Conference Medal winners Monday, an honor that takes into account athletic and academic performance and leadership.
LOS ANGELES -- With spring football launching Tuesday at USC, one of the focal points of Steve Sarkisian's staff will be the evaluation of players with the option for position changes, which could include player movement from offense to defense or vice versa.
Arriving at USC as one of the most heralded members of the Trojans' signing class of 2009, Devon Kennard had his ups and downs in his first four years on campus due primarily to a constant series of position changes, as well as a number of injuries -- including a torn chest muscle that forced him to miss all of 2012.
With the news that junior safety Dion Bailey will make himself available for the NFL draft, that is one piece of the Trojans' defensive puzzle that is known for next year. In the coming weeks, the Trojans will find out if other draft-eligible defensive stalwarts such as defensive end George Uko, linebacker Hayes Pullard and cornerback Josh Shaw will stay in school or choose to follow Bailey to the next level.
about 271 days ago | Garry Paskwietz | USC Trojans
Sophomore tailback Javorius "Buck" Allen was named team MVP at the annual end-of-season banquet held Friday night at USC's Tutor Campus Center Ballroom. The award winners: Most Valuable Player: Allen Most Inspirational Player: outside linebacker Devon Kennard Trojan Way Leadership Award: Kennard, linebacker Hayes Pullard Linemen of the Year: center Marcus Martin (offense), defensive end Leonard Williams (defense) Perimeter Players of the Year: Allen and wide receiver Nelson Agholor (offense), cornerback Josh Shaw and safety Dion Bailey (defense) Special Teams Player of the Year: fullback Soma Vainuku Service Team Players of the Year: quarterback Conner Sullivan (offense), linebacker Nick Schlossberg (defense) Jack Oakie Rise and Shine Award (longest run): Allen (80 yards vs.
about 280 days ago | Garry Paskwietz | USC Trojans
The USC football team banquet will be held this week with the annual team awards handed out. The WeAreSC staffers give their picks on some of the top performers of the season. MVP Garry Paskwietz: Leonard Williams Johnny Curren: Leonard Williams Greg Katz: Leonard Williams Top offensive player GP: Javorius "Buck" Allen JC: Marcus Martin GK: Cody Kessler Top defensive player GP: Devon Kennard JC: Devon Kennard GK: Devon Kennard Most impactful freshman GP: Su'a Cravens JC: Su'a Cravens GK: Su'a Cravens Surprise performer GP: Buck Allen JC: Buck Allen GK: J.
Five things to watch as No. 22 UCLA (8-3, 5-3 Pac-12) takes on No. 23 USC (9-3, 6-2) on Saturday at the Coliseum (5 p.m. PT, ABC). Take back the City: This one is for the bragging rights of Los Angeles and, after the UCLA victory in 2012, the Bruins have talked a lot this week about how this game is an opportunity to show that they run the town now.
about 294 days ago | Garry Paskwietz | USC Trojans
WeAreSC staffers discuss topics relating to the upcoming crosstown rivalry between USC and UCLA. What is the key matchup for USC vs. UCLA? Garry Paskwietz: I'm going to say the USC defensive front against the UCLA run game, particularly Myles Jack and Brett Hundley.