2017 USC Trojans football team

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2017 USC Trojans football
USC Trojans logo.svg
Pac-12 champion
Pac-12 South Division champion
ConferencePac-12 Conference
DivisionSouth Division
Ranking
CoachesNo. 10
APNo. 12
2017 record11–3 (8–1 Pac-12)
Head coachClay Helton (2nd as head coach; 7th overall season)
Offensive coordinatorTee Martin (3rd as coordinator; 6th overall season)
Offensive schemeMultiple
Defensive coordinatorClancy Pendergast (3rd as coordinator; 4th overall season)
Base defense5–2
Captain
Home stadiumLos Angeles Memorial Coliseum (93,607, Natural grass)
Seasons
← 2016
2018 →
2017 Pac-12 football standings
Conf     Overall
Team   W   L         W   L  
North Division
No. 20 Stanford xy   7 2         9 5  
No. 16 Washington x   7 2         10 3  
Washington State   6 3         9 4  
Oregon   4 5         7 6  
California   2 7         5 7  
Oregon State   0 9         1 11  
South Division
No. 12 USC xy$   8 1         11 3  
Arizona State   6 3         7 6  
Arizona   5 4         7 6  
UCLA   4 5         6 7  
Utah   3 6         7 6  
Colorado   2 7         5 7  
Championship: USC 31, Stanford 28
  • $ – Conference champion
  • x – Division champion/co-champions
  • y – Championship game participant
Rankings from AP Poll

The 2017 USC Trojans football team represented the University of Southern California in the 2017 NCAA Division I FBS football season. They played their home games at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum as members of the South Division of the Pac-12 Conference. They were led by second-year head coach Clay Helton. They finished the season 11–3, 8–1 in Pac-12 play to be champions of the South Division. They represented the South Division in the Pac-12 Championship Game where they defeated Stanford to become Pac-12 Champions. They were invited to play in the Cotton Bowl where they were soundly defeated at the hands of Ohio State, 24-7.

Personnel[edit]

Coaching staff[edit]

Name Position Seasons at
USC
Alma mater Before USC
Clay Helton Head coach 7 Houston (1994) Memphis – offensive coordinator (2009)
John Baxter Special teams coordinator, tight ends coach 6 Iowa State (1987) Michigan – special teams (2015)
Ronnie Bradford Secondary coach 2 Colorado (1995) LA Tech – defensive backs, special teams (2015)
Neil Callaway Offensive line coach 2 Alabama (1977) Western Kentucky – offensive line (2015)
Tyson Helton Quarterbacks coach, pass game coordinator 2 Houston (1999) Western Kentucky – quarterbacks, offensive coordinator (2015)
Tee Martin Offensive coordinator, wide receivers coach 6 Tennessee (2000) Kentucky – wide receivers (2011)
Deland McCullough Tailbacks coach, run game coordinator 1 Miami (OH) (1995) Indiana – tailbacks (2016)
Johnny Nansen Linebackers coach, recruiting coordinator, assistant head coach 4 Washington State (1997) Washington – special teams, running backs (2013)
Clancy Pendergast Defensive coordinator 4 Arizona (1990) San Francisco 49ers – linebackers (2015)
Kenechi Udeze Defensive line coach 3 USC (2003) Pittsburgh – asst. strength & conditioning (2014)
Ivan Lewis Strength and conditioning 4 San Diego (2003) Washington – strength & conditioning (2013)
Brett Arce Defensive assistant (DB) 2 Stony Brook (2012) Stony Brook – asst. tight ends (2015)
Austin Clark Defensive assistant (DL) 2 California (2014) California – recruiting assistant (2015)
Prentice Gill Offensive assistant (WR) 2 Old Dominion (2012) San Jose State – graduate assistant (DB) (2015)
Dane Stevens Offensive assistant (OL) 3 USC (2016) USC - student assistant coach (2016)

Roster[edit]

2017 USC Trojans Football roster

Quarterback

  • 13 Jack Sears – Freshman (6′3, 195)
  • 14 Sam DarnoldRedshirt Sophomore (6′4, 225)
  • 15 Thomas Fitts – Redshirt Sophomore (6′2, 195)
  • 16 Holden Thomas – Redshirt Freshman (6′5, 195)
  • 19 Matt Fink – Redshirt Freshman (6′3, 195)

Tailback

  •  7 Stephen Carr – Freshman (6′0, 210)
  • 25 Ronald Jones IIJunior (6′1, 195)
  • 26 James Toland IV – Redshirt Senior (5′11, 195)
  • 28 Aca'Cedric Ware – Junior (6′0, 195)
  • 29 Vavae Malepeai – Redshirt Freshman (6′0, 190)
  • 30 Corbin Jountti – Redshirt Senior (6′0, 205)
  • 37 Ben Easington – Freshman (5′10, 205)
  • 38 Chris Edmondson – Redshirt Freshman (5′11, 210)

Fullback

  • 47 Reuben Peters – Redshirt Junior (6′0, 225)

Wide Receiver

  •  1 Joseph Lewis IV – Freshman (6′2, 205)
  •  4 Steven Mitchell Jr. – Redshirt Senior (5′10, 190)
  •  6 Michael Pittman Jr. – Sophomore (6′4, 210)
  •  9 Randal Grimes – Freshman (6′4, 205)
  • 10 Jalen Greene – Redshirt Junior (6′1, 200) (+QB)
  • 15 Keyshawn 'Pie' Young – Sophomore (5′11, 175) (+CB)
  • 17 Josh Imatorbhebhe – Redshirt Freshman (6′2, 210)
  • 21 Tyler Vaughns – Redshirt Freshman (6′2, 180)
  • 23 Velus Jones Jr. – Redshirt Freshman (6′0, 185)
  • 24 Jake Russell – Redshirt Sophomore (5′11, 170)
  • 36 Jack Webster – Freshman (6′0, 185)
  • 41 Milo Stewart – Redshirt Senior (5′9, 170)
  • 80 Deontay BurnettJunior (6′0, 170)
  • 81 Trevon Sidney – Redshirt Freshman (5′11, 170)
  • 85 Jackson Boyer – Redshirt Senior (6′3, 185)
  • 87 Matt Nyman – Freshman (6′2, 185)

Tight End

  • 82 Tyler Petite – Junior (6′5, 235)
  • 83 Josh Falo – Freshman (6′6, 235)
  • 84 Erik Krommenhoek – Freshman (6′5, 245)
  • 87 Alec Hursh – Redshirt Junior (6′3, 210)
  • 88 Daniel Imatorbhebhe – Redshirt Sophomore (6′4, 240)
  • 89 Austin Applebee – Redshirt Junior (6′6, 240)
 

Offensive Lineman

  • 50 Toa Lobendahn – OT – Redshirt Junior (6′3, 295)
  • 52 Jacob Daniel – OG – Junior (6′4, 310)
  • 54 Jalen McKenzie – OG – Freshman (6′5, 307)
  • 56 Jordan Austin – OG-OT – Redshirt Junior (6′5, 300)
  • 60 Viane Talamaivao – OG – Senior (6′2, 315)
  • 62 Brett Neilon – C – Freshman (6′2, 295)
  • 63 Roy Hemsley – OG-OT – Redshirt Sophomore (6′5, 310)
  • 64 Richie Wenzel – C – Redshirt Junior (6′3, 250)
  • 65 Frank Martin II – OG – Redshirt Freshman (6′5, 310)
  • 66 Cole Smith – C – Redshirt Sophomore (6′4, 280)
  • 68 Alijah Vera-Tucker – OG-OT – Freshman (6′4, 300)
  • 70 Chuma Edoga – OT – Junior (6′4, 290)
  • 72 Andrew Vorhees – OT-OG – Freshman (6′6, 290)
  • 73 Austin Jackson – OT – Freshman (6′6, 290)
  • 74 Nico Falah – C-OT – Redshirt Senior (6′4, 280)
  • 76 Clayton Johnston – OT – Redshirt Sophomore (6′6, 285)
  • 77 Chris Brown – OG-OT – Redshirt Junior (6′5, 300)
  • 78 Nathan Smith – OT – Redshirt Freshman (6′6, 275)

Defensive Tackle

  • 44 Malik Dorton – Redshirt Junior (6′2, 280)
  • 51 Marlon Tuipulotu – Freshman (6′3, 295)
  • 78 Jay Tufele – Freshman (6′3, 295)
  • 79 Connor Rossow – Redshirt Freshman (6′2, 305)
  • 89 Christian Rector – Redshirt Sophomore (6′5, 275)
  • 91 Brandon Pili – Freshman (6′4, 320)
  • 93 Liam Jimmons – Redshirt Freshman (6′5, 280)
  • 94 Rasheem GreenJunior (6′5, 280)
  • 95 Kenny Bigelow Jr. – Redshirt Senior (6′3, 295)
  • 97 Jacob Lichtenstein – Freshman (6′5, 255)
  • 98 Josh Fatu – Senior (6′3, 290)

Defensive End / Outside Linebacker

  • 31 Hunter Echols – Freshman (6′5, 240)
  • 45 Porter Gustin – Junior (6′5, 260)
  • 49 Matt Bayle – Redshirt Sophomore (6′2, 215)
  • 53 Bryce Matthews – Freshman (6′3, 220)
  • 90 Connor Murphy – Sophomore (6′7, 255)
  • 99 Oluwole Betiku Jr. – Sophomore (6′3, 250)

Placekicker

  • 40 Chase McGrath – Freshman (6′0, 190)
  • 49 Michael Brown – Redshirt Freshman (6′2, 195)

Holder

  • 46 Wyatt Schmidt – Redshirt Junior (6′3, 210) (+K)
 

Linebacker

  • 10 John Houston Jr. – Redshirt Sophomore (6′3, 220)
  • 13 Levi Jones – Freshman (6′3, 220)
  • 34 Olajuwon Tucker – Senior (6′3, 230)
  • 35 Cameron SmithJunior (6′2, 245)
  • 41 Juliano Falaniko – Freshman (6′4, 220)
  • 42 Uchenna NwosuSenior (6′3, 235)
  • 50 Grant Moore – Redshirt Junior (6′0, 210)
  • 52 Christian Herrera – Redshirt Senior (6′1, 210)
  • 54 Tayler Katoa – Freshman (6′2, 220)
  • 56 Jordan Iosefa – Sophomore (6′2, 215)

Cornerback

  •  8 Iman MarshallJunior (6′1, 200)
  •  9 Greg Johnson – Freshman (5′11, 195)
  • 16 Dominic Davis – Junior (5′10, 180) (+TB)
  • 18 Jalen Jones – Redshirt Junior (5′8, 165)
  • 22 Je'Quari Godfrey – Freshman (6′2, 185)
  • 23 Jonathan Lockett – Senior (5′11, 180)
  • 24 Isaiah Langley – Junior (6′0, 170)
  • 25 Jack Jones – Sophomore (5′11, 170)
  • 27 Ajene Harris – Redshirt Junior (5′11, 190)
  • 30 Yoofi Quansah – Redshirt Senior (5′8, 170)

Safety

  •  2 Bubba Bolden – Freshman (6′3, 190)
  •  4 Chris Hawkins – Redshirt Senior (5′11, 185)
  •  6 Isaiah Pola-Mao – Freshman (6′4, 200)
  •  7 Marvel Tell III – Junior (6′3, 190)
  • 14 Ykili Ross – Redshirt Sophomore (6′0, 200) (+CB)
  • 21 Jamel Cook – Redshirt Freshman (6′3, 185)
  • 26 Davonte Nunnery – Redshirt Junior (5′10, 200)
  • 28 C.J. Pollard – Redshirt Freshman (6′1, 185)
  • 31 Richard Hagestad – Redshirt Freshman (6′1, 205)
  • 37 Matt Lopes – Redshirt Senior (5′11, 195)

Long Snappers

  • 48 Damon Johnson – Freshman (6′0, 205)
  • 61 Jake Olson – Redshirt Sophomore (6′4, 210)

Punter

  • 36 Chris Tilbey – Redshirt Junior (6′5, 205)
  • 46 Reid Budrovich – Redshirt Junior (5′11, 185)
  • 47 James Bermingham Jr. – Redshirt Junior (6′4, 185)

2017 USC Football Roster (07/26/2017)

Returning starters[edit]

USC returns 26 starters in 2017, including 12 on offense, 11 on defense, and 3 on special teams.

Key departures include Justin Davis (TB – 6 games), Juju Smith-Schuster (WR – 13 games), Darreus Rogers (WR – 13 games), De'Quan Hampton (WR), Isaac Whitney (WR), Taylor McNamara (TE – 11 games), Zach Banner (OT – 11 games), Chad Wheeler (OT – 11 games), Damien Mama (OL – 12 games), Jordan Simmons (OL – 2 games), Stevie Tu'ikolovatu (DT – 12 games), Quinton Powell (LB), Michael Hutchings (ILB – 13 games), Adoree' Jackson (CB – 13 games), Leon McQuay III (S – 12 games), Zach Smith (LS – 13 games).

Other departures include Joel Foy (LB), Deion Hart (S).

Transfers[edit]

The Trojans lost 5 players due to transfer. One transfer during the 2017 season.

Name Number Pos. Height Weight Year Hometown Transfer to
Max Browne #4 QB 6'5 220 Junior Redshirt Sammamish, WA Pitt
Kevin Scott #53 DT 6'5 315 Junior Los Angeles, CA Arizona Western / Nevada
Khaliel Rodgers Sr. #62 OG 6'3 315 Junior Redshirt New Castle, DE North Carolina
E.J. Price #75 OT 6'6 325 Freshman Dacula, GA Kentucky
Noah Jefferson #91 DT 6'6 315 Sophomore Las Vegas, NV Arizona Western / Ole Miss
Cary Angeline #86 TE 6'6 230 Freshman Redshirt Exton, PA N.C. State

Depth chart[edit]

Projecting Depth Chart 2017

True Freshman
Double Position : *

Recruiting class[edit]

Scholarship distribution chart[edit]

redshirt year used / redshirt year eligible / * : Former walk-on

- 85 scholarships permitted, 85 currently allotted to players.

- USC can sign 15-20 players in the class of 2018 count contingent on 9 graduating SRs (Lockett and Tucker burned redshirt in 2017), NFL early entries and transfers.

Projecting Scholarship Distribution 2017

2017 NFL Draft[edit]

NFL Combine[edit]

The official list of participants for the 2017 NFL Combine was released on Wednesday (February 15), featuring USC football players OT Zach Banner, TB Justin Davis, CB Adoree’ Jackson, OG Damien Mama, WR Darreus Rogers, WR Juju Smith-Schuster, NT Stevie Tu’ikolovatu and OT Chad Wheeler.

The eight Trojans will be tested at the Combine in Indianapolis beginning on February 28 through March 6.

Trojans who didn’t nab an invite include S Leon McQuay III, TE Taylor McNamara, LB Michael Hutchings, LB Quinton Powell, OG Jordan Simmons, WR De'Quan Hampton, WR Isaac Whitney & LS Zach Smith. They’ll have to wait until USC’s Pro Day to get in front of NFL scouts

Team players drafted into the NFL[edit]

Player Position Round Pick NFL Team
Adoree' Jackson (Junior) Cornerback 1 18 Tennessee Titans
Juju Smith-Schuster (Junior) Wide Receiver 2 62 (30) Pittsburgh Steelers
Zach Banner Offensive Tackle 4 137 (30) Indianapolis Colts
Leon McQuay III Safety 6 218 (35) Kansas City Chiefs
Stevie Tu'ikolovatu Defensive Tackle 7 223 (5) Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Chad Wheeler Offensive Tackle UDFA - New York Giants
Damien Mama (Junior) Offensive Guard UDFA - Kansas City Chiefs
Darreus Rogers Wide Receiver UDFA - Seattle Seahawks
Justin Davis Tailback UDFA - Los Angeles Rams
Isaac Whitney Wide Receiver UDFA - Oakland Raiders
De'Quan Hampton Wide Receiver UDFA - Detroit Lions
Taylor McNamara Tight End UDFA - Cleveland Browns
Jordan Simmons Offensive Guard UDFA - Oakland Raiders
Quinton Powell Linebacker UDFA - New Orleans Saints
Zach Smith Long snapper UDFA - -
* : Projecting Round

Schedule[edit]

Date Time Opponent# Rank# Site TV Result Attendance
September 2 2:15 p.m. Western Michigan* No. 4 Los Angeles Memorial ColiseumLos Angeles, CA P12N W 49–31   61,125
September 9 5:30 p.m. No. 14 Stanford No. 6 Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum • Los Angeles, CA (rivalry) FOX W 42–24   77,614
September 16 5:30 p.m. Texas* No. 4 Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum • Los Angeles, CA FOX W 27–24 2OT  84,714
September 23 12:30 p.m. at California No. 5 California Memorial StadiumBerkeley, CA ABC W 30–20   46,747
September 29 7:30 p.m. at No. 16 Washington State No. 5 Martin StadiumPullman, WA ESPN L 27–30   33,773
October 7 1:00 p.m. Oregon State No. 14 Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum • Los Angeles, CA P12N W 38–10   60,314
October 14 5:00 p.m. Utah No. 13 Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum • Los Angeles, CA ABC W 28–27   72,382
October 21 4:30 p.m. at No. 13 Notre Dame* No. 11 Notre Dame StadiumNotre Dame, IN (Jeweled Shillelagh) NBC L 14–49   77,622
October 28 7:45 p.m. at Arizona State No. 21 Sun Devil StadiumTempe, AZ ESPN W 48–17   53,446
November 4 7:45 p.m. No. 22 Arizonadagger No. 17 Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum • Los Angeles, CA ESPN W 49–35   70,225
November 11 1:00 p.m. at Colorado No. 11 Folsom FieldBoulder, CO FOX W 38–24   49,337
November 18 5:00 p.m. UCLA No. 11 Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum • Los Angeles, CA (Victory Bell) ABC W 28–23   82,407
December 1 5:00 p.m. vs. No. 12 Stanford No. 10 Levi's StadiumSanta Clara, CA (Pac-12 Football Championship Game/ rivalry) ESPN W 31–28   48,031
December 29 5:30 p.m. vs. No. 5 Ohio State* No. 8 AT&T StadiumArlington, TX (Cotton Bowl Classic) ESPN L 7–24   67,510
daggerHomecoming. #Rankings from AP Poll & CFP Rankings (beginning in Week 9) released prior to game. All times are in Pacific Time.

Game summaries[edit]

Western Michigan[edit]

1 234Total
Western Michigan 7 7710 31
• USC 7 7728 49

No. 14 Stanford[edit]

1 234Total
Stanford 7 1007 24
• USC 14 14014 42
  • Date: September 9
  • Location: Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum


Texas[edit]

1 234OT2OTTotal
Texas 0 73770 24
• USC 0 140373 27
  • Date: September 16
  • Location: Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum

California[edit]

1 234Total
• USC 3 10017 30
California 3 1007 20


Washington State[edit]

1 234Total
USC 7 1037 27
• Washington St 3 14310 30

Oregon State[edit]

1 234Total
Oregon St 0 307 10
• USC 14 7710 38
  • Date: October 7
  • Location: Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum

Utah[edit]

1 234Total
Utah 7 1406 27
• USC 7 0714 28
  • Date: October 14
  • Location: Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum

No. 13 Notre Dame[edit]

1 234Total
USC 0 0140 14
• Notre Dame 14 14147 49

Arizona State[edit]

1 234Total
• USC 14 17710 48
Arizona St 3 770 17

Arizona[edit]

1 234Total
Arizona 0 61415 35
• USC 7 14721 49
  • Date: November 4
  • Location: Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum

Colorado[edit]

1 234Total
• USC 0 20108 38
Colorado 0 01410 24

USC clinches Pac-12 South Division title with the win.

UCLA[edit]

1 234Total
UCLA 7 079 23
• USC 14 077 28
  • Date: November 19
  • Location: Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum


Pac-12 Championship Game[edit]

1 234Total
Stanford 0 1477 28
• USC 7 1077 31

Cotton Bowl[edit]

1 234Total
USC 0 700 7
• Ohio St 7 1700 24

Rankings[edit]

Ranking movements
Legend: ██ Increase in ranking. ██ Decrease in ranking.
NR = Not ranked. RV = Received votes. ( ) = First place votes.
Week
Poll Pre 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 Final 
AP 4 (2) 6 4 5 5 14 13 11 21 17 15 12 11 11 8 12 
Coaches 4 5 4 5 5 15 13 10 21 17 14 10 10 9 8 10 
CFP Not released 17 11 11 11 10 8 Not released

Statistics[edit]

Team[edit]

As of 10/21/2017.

Non-conference opponents

1 2 3 4 Total
USC 7 7 7 28 49
All opponents 7 7 7 10 31

Pac-12 opponents

1 2 3 4 Total
USC 14 14 0 14 42
Pac-12 opponents 7 10 0 7 24

All Opponents

1 2 3 4 Total
USC 21 21 7 42 91
Opponents 14 17 7 17 55

Offense[edit]

Defense[edit]

Key: POS: Position, SOLO: Solo Tackles, AST: Assisted Tackles, TOT: Total Tackles, TFL: Tackles-for-loss, SACK: Quarterback Sacks, INT: Interceptions, BU: Passes Broken Up, PD: Passes Defended, QBH: Quarterback Hits, FR: Fumbles Recovered, FF: Forced Fumbles, BLK: Kicks or Punts Blocked, SAF: Safeties, TD : Touchdown

Special teams[edit]

Awards and honors[edit]

Coaches[edit]

Clay Helton - Head Coach

  • Associated Press PAC-I2 Coach of the Year : Winner
  • Dodd Trophy (Division I head coach whose team excels on the field, in the classroom and in the community) : Watchlist

Tee Martin - Offensive Coordinator/Wide Receivers Coach

  • Broyles Award (Award given to honor the best assistant coach in college football) : Semifinalist

Offense[edit]

Sam Darnold - QB - Redshirt Sophomore

Ronald Jones II - TB - Junior

Vavae Malepeai - TB - Redshirt Freshman

  • Polynesian College Football Player of the Year : Watchlist

Deontay Burnett - WR - Junior

Daniel Imatorbhebhe - TE - Redshirt Sophomore

Toa Lobendahn - OT/C - Senior

  • Polynesian College Football Player of the Year : Watchlist

Viane Talamaivao - OG - Senior

  • Polynesian College Football Player of the Year : Watchlist

Nico Falah - C - Redshirt Senior

  • Wuerffel Trophy (college football player "who best combines exemplary community service with athletic and academic achievement") : Watchlist

Defense[edit]

Rasheem Green - DT - Junior

Porter Gustin - LB - Junior

Cameron Smith - LB - Junior

Uchenna Nwosu - LB - Senior

  • Butkus Award (top linebacker in college football) : Watchlist

Iman Marshall - CB - Junior

Special Team[edit]

Chris Tilbey - P - Redshirt Junior

Jake Olson - LS - Redshirt Junior

  • Jason Witten Collegiate Man Of The Year Award (leadership by exhibiting exceptional courage, integrity and sportsmanship both on and off the field) : Semifinalist

AP Pre-Season All-Americans[edit]

  • First Team

Sam Darnold - QB - Redshirt Freshman

  • Second Team

Cameron Smith - ILB - Sophomore
Iman Marshall - CB - Sophomore

College Sports Madness All-American Team[edit]

All-Pac-12 Individual Awards[edit]

PAC-12 All-Conference Team[edit]

  • First Team

Sam Darnold - QB - Redshirt Sophomore
Ronald Jones II - TB - Junior
Rasheem Green - DT - Junior
Uchenna Nwosu - OLB - Senior
Cameron Smith - ILB - Junior
Marvell Tell III - S - Junior
Michael Pittman Jr. - ST - Sophomore

  • Second Team

Deontay Burnett - WR - Junior
Toa Lobendahn - OT - Senior
Christian Rector - DT - Redshirt Sophomore
Matt Lopes - ST - Senior

  • Honorable Mention

Stephen Carr - TB - Freshman
Steven Mitchell Jr. - WR - Redshirt Senior
Tyler Vaughns - WR - Redshirt Freshman
Tyler Petite - TE - Junior
Chris Brown - OG - Redshirt Junior
Josh Fatu - DT - Senior
Brandon Pili - DT - Freshman
Iman Marshall - CB - Junior
Chris Hawkins - S - Redshirt Senior

PAC-12 All-Freshman Team[edit]

PAC-12 All-Academic Team[edit]

USA Today Sports Freshman All-America Team[edit]

Sporting News 2017 college football preseason All-Americans[edit]

  • First Team

Sam Darnold - QB - Redshirt Sophomore
Cameron Smith - LB - Junior

Notes[edit]

  • January 2, 2017 – Rose Bowl Final Score: USC Topples Penn State.[1]
  • January 2, 2017 – How USC Won the Rose Bowl Over Penn State.[2]
  • January 2, 2017 – Past Trojans Hyped Over Rose Bowl Win.[3]
  • January 2, 2017 – Trojans Celebrate Rose Bowl.[4]
  • January 4, 2017 – LB Cameron Smith Suspended for 1st Half of 2017 Opener.[5]
  • January 4, 2017 – USC’s Sam Darnold Wins Archie Griffin Award As 2016 CFB MVP.[6]
  • January 5, 2017 – OG Jordan Simmons Denied 6th Year Of Eligibility.[7]
  • January 6, 2017 – Damien Mama Declares for the 2017 NFL Draft, Leaving USC Early.[8]
  • January 7, 2017 – 4-star 2018 WR Allen commits to USC.[9]
  • January 7, 2017 – Bubba Bolden Re-Commits To USC Football Recruiting Class of 2017.[10]
  • January 7, 2017 – Juju Smith-Schuster Declares For 2017 NFL Draft, Leaving USC Football Early.[11]
  • January 9, 2017 – Matt Leinart Named To 2017 College Football Hall of Fame Class.[12]
  • January 9, 2017 – Clay Helton Named FWAA First Year Coach of Year.[13]
  • January 9, 2017 – USC Football Has Third-Best Odds To Win 2017 National Championship.[14]
  • January 9, 2017 – USC Football Ranked High in ESPN’s Way Too Early Top 25.[15]
  • January 10, 2017 – USC Football Ranks in Final AP Top 5 For First Time Since 2008.[16]
  • January 10, 2017 – 3-Star WR Marlon Williams De-Commits.[17]
  • January 11, 2017 – Trojans Welcome 2017 Early Enrollees.[18]
  • January 15, 2017 – Je’Quari Godfrey Commits To 2017 USC Football Recruiting Class.[19]
  • January 16, 2017 – Adoree’ Jackson Declares Early For 2017 NFL Draft, Leaving USC Football.[20]
  • January 16, 2017 – Jalen McKenzie Commits to 2017 USC Recruiting Class.[21]
  • January 18, 2017 – 2017 USC Football Schedule Released: No Regular Season Bye Week For Trojans.[22]
  • January 18, 2017 – C.J. Miller De-Commits From 2017 Class.[23]
  • January 20, 2017 – Juwan Burgess flips from USC to Indiana.[24]
  • January 22, 2017 – Brandon Pili Commits to the 2017 USC Football Recruiting Class.[25]
  • January 23, 2017 – Marlon Tuipulotu flips from Washington to USC.[26]
  • January 27, 2017 – Isaiah Pola-Mao Commits To 2017 USC Football Recruiting Class.[27]
  • January 29, 2017 – Khaliel Rodgers To Transfer To Iowa State.[28]
  • January 30, 2017 – USC Signing Day 2017: Announcement Schedule and TV Times.[29]
  • January 30, 2017 – DT Marlon Tuipulotu Completes Early Enrollment.[30]
  • February 1, 2017 – Levi Jones Selects USC on ESPNU’s Signing Day Special.[31]
  • February 1, 2017 – Austin Jackson Selects USC Football on Signing Day.[32]
  • February 1, 2017 – Jay Tufele Selects USC Football Over Utah On Signing Day.[33]
  • February 1, 2017 – Josh Falo Selects USC Football on Signing Day 2017.[34]
  • February 1, 2017 – Joseph Lewis Selects USC Football Over Nebraska On Signing Day.[35]
  • February 1, 2017 – Greg Johnson Selects USC Football On Signing Day.[36]
  • February 4, 2017 – Terrance Lang Signs With Colorado.[37]
  • February 7, 2017 – Running Backs Coach Tommie Robinson Leaves USC Football to Join LSU.[38]
  • February 16, 2017 – USC Football Sending Eight Trojans to the 2017 NFL Combine.[39]
  • February 19, 2017 – Palaie Gaoteote Commits to USC’s 2018 Recruiting Class.[40]
  • February 20, 2017 – USC Football: Sam Darnold Oddsmaker’s Favorite To Win Heisman.[41]
  • February 22, 2017 – Indiana RB Coach Deland McCullough Reportedly Targeted By USC Football.[42]
  • February 22, 2017 – USC Commit Matt Corral Transferring to Long Beach Poly.[43]
  • February 22, 2017 – Deland McCullough to be Hired by USC as Running Backs Coach.[44]
  • February 24, 2017 – Manuel Allen decommits from 2018 USC recruiting class.[45]
  • March 3, 2017 – New Running Backs Coach Deland McCullough.[46]
  • March 6, 2017 – Noah Jefferson To Transfer To Arizona.[47]
  • March 11, 2017 – Kicker Chase McGrath Commits For 2017.[48]
  • April 2, 2017 – Tayler Katoa to Miss 2017 USC Football Season With Torn ACL.[49]
  • April 3, 2017 – De’Gabriel Floyd Commits to USC Football Recruiting Class of 2019.[50]
  • April 23, 2017 – Tuli Letuligasenoa Commits to USC Football’s 2018 Recruiting Class.[51]
  • April 27, 2017 – Adoree’ Jackson Picked By Tennessee Titans In First Round of 2017 NFL Draft.[52]
  • April 28, 2017 – Juju Smith-Schuster Picked By Pittsburgh Steelers In Second Round of 2017 NFL Draft.[53]
  • April 29, 2017 – Zach Banner Picked By Indianapolis Colts In 4th Round of 2017 NFL Draft.[54]
  • April 29, 2017 – Leon McQuay III Picked By Kansas City Chiefs In 6th Round of 2017 NFL Draft.[55]
  • April 29, 2017 – USC Becomes First School to Have 500 All-Time NFL Draft Picks.[56]
  • April 29, 2017 – Stevie Tu’ikolovatu Picked By Tampa Bay Buccaneers In 7th Round of 2017 NFL Draft.[57]
  • April 30, 2017 – Darreus Rogers Signs With Seattle Seahawks As Undrafted Free Agent.[58]
  • April 30, 2017 – Isaac Whitney Signs With Oakland Raiders as Undrafted Free Agent.[59]
  • April 30, 2017 – Chad Wheeler Signs With New York Giants as Undrafted Free Agent.[60]
  • April 30, 2017 – Jordan Simmons Signs With Oakland Raiders As Undrafted Free Agent.[61]
  • April 30, 2017 – Damien Mama Signs With KC Chiefs as Undrafted Free Agent.[62]
  • April 30, 2017 – Justin Davis Signs With LA Rams as Undrafted Free Agent.[63]
  • April 30, 2017 – Quinton Powell Signs With New Orleans Saints as Undrafted Free Agent.[64]
  • April 30, 2017 – De’Quan Hampton Signs With Detroit Lions As Undrafted Free Agent.[65]
  • April 30, 2017 – Taylor McNamara Signs With Cleveland Browns as Undrafted Free Agent.[66]
  • April 30, 2017 – Former ASU DT Dillon Faamatau Commits To USC Football.[67]
  • April 30, 2017 – Sam Darnold Is Consensus No. 1 Pick in 2018 NFL Mock Drafts.[68]
  • June 6, 2017 – Dillon Faamatau flips to Oklahoma.[69]

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