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USC senior LB Porter Gustin (knee) is on track with his rehab for a torn meniscus.

Gustin (6'4/262) is trying to beat the initial 4-6 week recovery timetable -- which later turned into just 2-4 weeks -- to be ready for the season opener against UNLV. However, the real rush is to be ready for Stanford and Bryce Love on Sept. 8. Despite being plagued by injuries throughout his USC career, Gustin is considered a Day 1 or Day 2 pick in the 2019 NFL draft.
Aug 15 - 9:58 PM

USC freshman RB Markese Stepp missed the first two practices of the week while in concussion protocol.

Stepp (6'0/228) signed on with the Trojans as a four-star recruit over the winter. There's no definitive timetable for his return to practice action at this juncture and the team figures to work him along slowly over the coming days. Stephen Carr and Aca'Cedric Ware are expected to work as USC's two top backs for the upcoming campaign.
Aug 15 - 12:00 PM

USC HC Clay Helton said that freshman WR Amon-Ra St. Brown reminds him in ways of former USC WR Robert Woods.

St. Brown (6'1/195) performed well during the team's first practice at the Los Angeles Coliseum -- the five-star frosh consistently showed off terrifying downfield wheels -- and Helton made sure to point that out that "Amon-Ra walked in here and it’s like he’s played here for 10 years," later adding that "[i]t was neat to watch him perform today. He’s really taking major strides for us." St. Brown's development throughout fall camp is something to keep track of as USC looks to account for the loss of Deontay Burnett, who turned pro after leading the Trojans in receptions (86), receiving yards (1,114) and touchdown receptions (nine) last season.
Aug 10 - 4:23 PM

USC freshman QB J.T. Daniels (fingernail) was wearing a glove on his left hand on Thursday.

Per Trojans HC Clay Helton, Daniels has been working with his fingernail wrapped this week following his having the nail bent backward. The team is understandably being incredibly cautious with their talented young signal-caller, but he's not expected to miss time with this issue. Perhaps a manicure would be in order, though. Daniels has started out practice in strong fashion as he looks to fend off Jack Sears and Matt Fink for starting honors in camp.
Aug 10 - 2:21 PM

USC junior WR Michael Pittman left practice on Thursday due to a sprained AC joint in his shoulder.

There's no immediate timetable for Pittman's return to practice action, but consider him day-to-day for the time being. The 6-foot-4, 205-pound junior is an established presence for a Trojans team installing a number of new faces on offense this summer. During the past campaign, he registered a 23-404-2 receiving line in nine games while averaging a meaty 17.6 yards per grab. We'll update his status as information becomes available.
Aug 10 - 2:17 PM

USC's Twitter post announcing the knee surgery of senior LB Porter Gustin gave him a recovery timetable of 2-4 weeks, considerably more optimistic than the initially reported 4-6 week estimation.

Multiple outlets came out on Wednesday to report that Gustin had undergone surgery to repair a partially-torn meniscus sustained during Tuesday's practice. USC confirmed what they termed a "minor meniscus tear" in his left knee, but there was one big difference in their tweet than what had been floated in the news -- a considerably shorter timeline to return to action. On this 2-4 week path, it's even possible that Gustin would be able to play in the Trojans' opener against UNLV on Sept. 1. We're not holding our breath for that, as USC has no real incentive to push him into action (especially given his injury history). One week later, though, they'll be playing Stanford.
Aug 9 - 1:34 PM

Per the L.A. Daily News' Joey Kaufman, USC sophomore RB Stephen Carr (back) "looked pretty healthy" during the first padded practice of preseason camp on Wednesday.

Carr (6'0/210) was working in murky health waters earlier this offseason after undergoing back surgery to repair a herniated disc (he sat out spring practice), but he's been on the recovery warpath this summer, with the team announcing near the end of July that the super sophomore had been medically-cleared for action. According to Kaufman, Carr caught two touchdown passes during 11-on-11 work on Tuesday and also showed off his speed and acceleration on a 25-yard touchdown sprint. Trojans HC Clay Helton has said that the team plans on taking a safe, measured approach to Carr's August practice load given the recency of his back surgery, but he's clearly lost none of his athletic upside post-surgery.
Aug 9 - 12:24 PM

Multiple outlets are reporting that USC senior LB Porter Gustin is expected to miss 4-6 weeks due to a partially torn meniscus.

Gustin (6'4/262) was carted off the field after injuring his knee during Tuesday's practice. He subsequently underwent an MRI. While HC Clay Helton expressed some optimism prior to receiving the results -- he referred to it as "extremely precautionary" -- it would appear that the senior linebacker will have to spend the next month-plus in rehabilitation barring a fast turnaround. Gustin played in just a handful of games last season due to toe and bicep injuries, so this is all a continuation of a poor trend. With him likely out of action into the regular season, look for USC to give closer looks to Oluwole Betiku and Hunter Echols.
Aug 8 - 4:42 PM

Former JUCO OL Bernard Schirmir signed with USC.

Schirmir (6'6/290) gained a level of low-grade notoriety with the JUCO program at Mount San Antonio College back in 2016, when he punched out a referee. He was then arrested -- still at the game -- on suspicion of battery. No charges were ultimately filed in this case, but Schirmir was subsequently banned from the Southern California Football Association for five years. The SCFA serves as governing body for the regional junior college circuit. Schirmir did not play football during the past campaign. Trojans HC Clay Helton explained of his addition to the USC family that the program has been vetting Schirmir quite heavily. The offensive lineman will be classified as a redshirt sophomore for the coming campaign.
Source: 247Sports
Aug 8 - 4:17 PM

USC senior LB Porter Gustin will undergo an MRI after being carted off the practice field with an apparent knee injury on Tuesday.

Given Gustin's recent health history -- he struggled with toe and bicep injuries last year -- this newest injury causes the heart to sink a little bit. Trojans HC Clay Helton put on an optimistic face when speaking with reporters, though, calling the linebacker's MRI "extremely precautionary" and noting that "the knee seems stable from what the doctors said." Gustin's a phenomenal athlete when healthy and a potential Day 1 or Day 2 selection for next spring's draft. We should have a better idea as to the severity of the 6-foot-5, 262-pounder's injury once USC's able to examine his MRI results.
Aug 8 - 11:18 AM

USC freshman QB J.T. Daniels worked with the first-team offense on Monday.

Daniels (6'3/210) has by all accounts performed well in camp early on. He's competing with Jack Sears and Matt Fink for the right to replace the departed Sam Darnold as Trojans starting signal-caller. USC HC Clay Helton has not offered any hints as to who currently has the lead for that job, but we'd put our imaginary bucks on Daniels when all is said and done.
Aug 7 - 12:59 PM

USC received a verbal commitment from four-star 2020 ATH Koy Moore.

Moore (6'1/180) was also seriously considering staying in-state with LSU, but will now instead take the cross-country plunge with the Trojans. While he does have some upside on the defensive side of the ball, wide receiver looks to be his likely position for the collegiate ranks at this juncture. He's possessing of a pair of big-time mitts, a developing mind for his routes and a natural quickness off the line of scrimmage. Rivals ranks Moore as the No. 107 overall prospect in the 2020 class.
Source: 247Sports
Aug 7 - 12:11 PM

USC received a verbal commitment from four-star 2019 TE Jude Wolfe.

Wolfe (6'6/247) threw his lot in with Clay Helton's crew over fellow finalists Notre Dame, Oregon and Washington. 247Sports analyst Brandon Huffman refers to the Bellflower, California, native as a "very natural pass-catcher" and notes that he "has the chance to be an elite all-around tight end prospect at the next level as he continues to blossom as a blocker." On that blocking note, Huffman would like to see a bit of functional bulk added to help him to hold his own in protection when he's not out running wild past linebackers. On the 247Sports composite board, Wolfe ranks as the No. 9 tight end prospect in the 2019 class.
Source: 247Sports
Aug 4 - 1:40 PM

USC freshman QB J.T. Daniels was sharp during Friday's first practice of the preseason.

Daniels (6'3/210) came out firing on Friday, connecting on 7-of-8 passes during seven-on-seven drills, one of which WR Michael Pittman described as a "perfect ball." It wasn't all perfect on the afternoon -- the true freshman was picked once by Ajene Harris -- but nobody's expecting perfection from Daniels at this juncture. The young frosh (he should technically be a senior in high school right now) is fighting it out with Jack Sears and Matt Fink for the tall honor of replacing Sam Darnold. USC will hold its first padded practice on Wednesday. We'll continue to keep tabs on this competition until a victor emerges.
Aug 4 - 11:48 AM

NFL Media's Lance Zierlein lists Cameron Smith 12th among his top linebackers to watch in 2018.

The Trojans lost several players to early defection last year, but Smith is back, and it's a big reason why they have a chance to compete for the Pac-12 South. "Smith has good size and solid instincts to help him get more head-starts on the play than most inside linebackers you will see," writes Zierlein. He also notes some negatives, such as that Smith doesn't really stand out on tape, and that he doesn't have the skill set or production of Josey Jewell; one of the top linebackers in the 2017 class.Still, Smith is one of the top players at the position, and another big year could see him go in the first 64 picks next season.
Source: NFL.com
Jul 29 - 12:30 PM


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