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  The quarterback competition at Southern California might be over before it even started. Jaxson Dart did not practice Tuesday after the freshman sustained a knee injury in the Trojans' 45-14 win at Washington State, while three-year starter Kedon Slovis took first-team reps after being knocked out of the game because of a neck injury. Interim coach Donte Williams would not discuss the status of Dart, who came off the bench to throw for 391 yards and four touchdowns. That included whether Dart needed an MRI or other tests. "Shoot, I hope he's here tomorrow, so we'll see. I know he just wasn't here today," Williams said. Williams had indicated there would be an open competition following Dart's debut in which he rallied USC to victory in its first game since Clay Helton was fired as coach last Monday. Dart was named the Pac-12 offensive player and freshman of the week after going 30 of 46 passing, though he was intercepted twice, and rushing for a team-high 32 yards. Williams said Dart would need to practice this week in order to have a chance to start for USC (2-1, 1-1 Pac-12) against Oregon State on Saturday. - AP College Football

(DS#3 QB) Fr/2025 QB Jaxson DartSouthern California
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  SEPT 20 PAC-12 OFFENSE & FRESHMAN OF THE WEEK: Jaxson Dart, Fr., QB, USC (Kaysville, UT),...3rd player to win both Offense & Freshman in award in same week since the Freshman award began in 2019. Arizona State QB Jayden Daniels won it in November 2019 and USC QB Kedon Slovis won it in September 2019 in his first career start...When starting QB Kedon Slovis was knocked out of the game on the opening series, true freshman backup Jaxson Dart came in and had a historic first-time performance under adverse circumstances. After seeing USC fall behind late in the first half, 14-0, in the rain and playing under an interim head coach, Dart rallied the Trojans to a 45-14 win.

Threw for 391 yards-the most ever by a Trojan in his debut--on 30-of-46 passing (65.2%) with 4 TDs. Its the 3rd most by a Pac-12 QB in their debut since at least 1997...Also led USC in rushing with 32 yards on 6 carries, the first Trojan quarterback to do so since Matt Barkley in 2010 versus Stanford...His first TD toss was a 38-yarder on fourth-and-9 with 32 seconds left in the second quarter to get USC finally on the board, and he did so while hobbling on a knee he bruised while rushing...3 of his 4 TDs were 30-plus yards...Also nominated for offense: Jalen McMillan, WR, Washington; Kyle Phillips, WR, UCLA; Travis Dye, RB, Oregon; Chase Garbers, QB, California; Rachaad White, RB, Arizona State; Tanner McKee, QB, Stanford; Chance Nolan, QB, Oregon State...Also nominated for freshman: Jalen McMillan, WR, Washington; Noah Sewell, LB, Oregon; Andrew Edson, Edge, Washington State; Jimmy Wyrick, Safety, Stanford; Omarr Norman-Lott, DL, Arizona State; Easton Mascarenas, ILB, Oregon State. - Pac-12 Football


(DS#3 QB) Fr/2025 QB Jaxson DartSouthern California
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  SEPT 20 PAC-12 DEFENSIVE LINEMAN OF THE WEEK: Drake Jackson, Jr., OLB, USC (Corona, CA),...Outside linebacker who plays on the defensive line as a rush end, had a blindside strip sack of Washington State quarterback Victor Gabalis in the end zone and USC's Tuli Tuipulotu recovered for a touchdown. At the time, the Trojans were leading just 21-14 late in the third quarter. Jackson ended up with 4 tackles in the game...2nd time Jackson has won this award, having won in December of last season...Also nominated: Devin Kaufusi, DT, Utah; Simon Sandberg, DL, Oregon State; D.J. Davidson, DL, Arizona State. - Pac-12 Football

(DS#1 DE) Jr/2023 DE Drake JacksonSouthern California
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  Freshman quarterback Jaxson Dart came off the bench to throw four touchdown passes as Southern California rebounded from last weekend's tough loss to Stanford, and the subsequent firing of coach Clay Helton, with a 45-14 victory over Washington State on Saturday. Dart replaced an injured Kedon Slovis on the second series of the game. He completed 30 of 46 passes for 391 yards, with two interceptions, as Southern California (2-1, 1-1 Pac-12) won in its first game under interim coach Donte Williams, the first Black head coach in program history. "I'm super fortunate to be around a group of guys and coaches who show a ton of resiliency and confidence in one another," Dart said. "And like coach said, our main goal, and we're going to face some adversity, but we have to go 1-0, and win that moment." Dart was surprised to find himself playing early in the game. "I think those moments always hit you when you are least expecting it," Dart said. "It was the first drive and we were just starting to get something going and I was just super excited, even though I felt terrible for Kedon." Drake London caught 13 passes for 170 yards for the Trojans. - Southern California/AP College Football

(DS#3 QB) Fr/2025 QB Jaxson DartSouthern California
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  Drake London racked up some incredible receiving numbers when Southern California's offense was on the field. When San Jose State had the ball, the Trojans' defense often looked impenetrable. Yet No. 15 USC's lead was still stuck in the single digits until a fourth-quarter surge rewarded the Trojans with a suitable margin of season-opening victory. London caught a career-high 12 passes for 137 yards, Greg Johnson returned a late interception 37 yards for a touchdown and the Trojans pulled away for a 30-7 victory over the Spartans.

USC still hasn't lost a home opener played in the Coliseum in the 21st century. But until the fourth quarter, this victory was another version of the underwhelming starts that have been common under seventh-year head coach Clay Helton. The Trojans led the defending Mountain West champions just 13-7 heading into the final period, but the USC defense capped its impressive day with Johnson's TD return to push the lead to 23-7 with 11:42 to play, followed by a stop of the Spartans on downs near the goal line with 7:20 left. "We felt like the defense was dominating the whole game, but the score was still close," USC defensive tackle Tuli Tuipulotu said. "We just had to keep working." They also had to get some help from the offense at the 98-year-old Coliseum, where USC's fans watched their team for the first time since 2019. - Southern California/AP College Football


(DS#2 WR) Jr/2023 WR Drake LondonSouthern California
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  Few true freshmen are ready in Week 1 to play every snap of their first game in college. The key is to find a role in which they can get some early success before they are prepared for a larger role. That's the case even for the No. 1 recruit in the country. USC defensive end Korey Foreman is still learning as the Trojans approach their season opener against San Jose State next weekend. But the coaching staff does feel like Foreman will be ready to contribute in his own way. "He's still learning the defense on base downs, first and second down, but I know he can do one thing," head coach Clay Helton said on Tuesday. "He can rush the passer on third down." This has been apparent throughout camp, when Foreman has broken through off the edge to harass quarterbacks regularly.

Even when tied up in blocks, the true freshman from Centennial High in Corona is savvy enough to get his arms up and block passes at the line of scrimmage. That's the easy part for Foreman, what comes naturally to him, though he continues to hone those skills with outside linebacker Drake Jackson and his defensive linemates. But there are still parts of the college game where Foreman is adjusting. He's embracing the demands of USC's strength and conditioning program. He's reduced his body fat from 13 to 10% since arriving on campus this summer. Foreman is currently listed at 10 pounds below his goal weight of 275 pounds, a target that's been difficult to achieve out of the gates. - Orange County Register


(DS#2 DE) Fr/2025 DE Korey ForemanSouthern California
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  Just one year ago, Jaxson Dart was barely a blip on USC's radar. The young Utah quarterback had no Power Five offers. His profile didn't even appear on all the major recruiting sites. It would take a senior-season transfer, a pandemic-altered high school campaign, and a meteoric rise to Gatorade national player of the year for Dart to arrive at this moment, with coach Clay Helton making official Thursday what so many around USC had expected since the freshman's standout spring. Dart will be USC's backup quarterback behind Kedon Slovis this season, while Miller Moss, a fellow four-star freshman, will occupy the No. 3 spot.

Slovis remains the unquestioned starter under center. The significance of the selection at backup quarterback extends beyond this season, with Dart now presumed to be at the center of USC's future plans at the position and Moss - for now, at least - on the outside looking in. Dart has certainly looked the part of heir apparent since his arrival in April. As the competition between the two freshmen played out through August, Helton said Dart rose to the occasion during live repetitions and scrimmage situations. - Los Angeles Times


(DS#3 QB) Fr/2025 QB Jaxson DartSouthern California
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  USC receiver Bru McCoy won't face criminal charges after the Los Angeles County district attorney's office declined to file a case following his arrest last month on suspicion of felony intimate partner violence. The district attorney's office cited insufficient evidence when asked about its decision but offered no further details. "We appreciate the careful consideration by both the district attorney's office and LAPD," Michael Goldstein, McCoy's attorney, said in a statement to the Los Angeles Times. "We always trusted the process and the right decision was made." McCoy, 21, was arrested July 24 at 5:30 p.m. on suspicion of violating California Penal Code Section 273.5(a), which pertains to a person who "willfully inflicts corporal injury resulting in a traumatic condition" upon a spouse, former spouse, cohabitant or dating partner. He was released the same night on $50,000 bail and was scheduled to appear in court Nov. 24. - Los Angeles Times

(DS#5 WR) rSo/2024 WR Bru McCoySouthern California
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  As the USC defense gathered on the sideline to prepare for the scrimmage at the Coliseum on Saturday, safety Chase Williams was in the middle of the huddle, barking encouragement to his teammates. It was all unprintable, both out of respect for a player delivering private remarks to his team and due to the language involved. But it was another sign of the leadership role that Williams has taken in his fourth season at USC. "I'm really just doing my best to spread energy and get everybody hyped up, get everybody locked in," Williams said after Wednesday's practice. "so I think us being in the circle, that's just a time when we can bring that upon our teammates and our brothers."

Williams has been a seldom-used reserve in his time at USC. Playing behind Talanoa Hufanga (now of the San Francisco 49ers) and Isaiah Pola-Mao, Williams had to bide his time. In 2020, all four of his tackles in the season came in one game. But after Hufanga's departure to the NFL, Williams has established himself as Pola-Mao's new running mate, both as a starter at safety and a leader in the locker room. "When those guys speak, it's almost more powerful than when coaches speak because they actually have been around these guys for longer than we have," defensive coordinator Todd Orlando said. "(Williams has) grown so much from when I first got here. I think he was just kind of feeling himself. But I think he understands what we're all about." - Orange County Register


(DS#19 FS) rJr/2023 FS Chase WilliamsSouthern California
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  Perhaps the writing's been on the wall since his breakout season as a true freshman. But USC junior outside linebacker Drake Jackson eliminated any doubt Friday as he declared that the 2021 season will be his last in college before leaving for the NFL. "This is my last year. I got to get out of here," Jackson said after Friday's practice. "I'mma leave with a bang, too." Jackson first arrived at USC in the spring of 2019 out of Corona Centennial High and immediately started to turn heads with a sack and pick six in the spring game while playing defensive end.

That translated into the regular season, with Jackson recording 11.5 tackles for loss, 5.5 sacks, three pass breakups and a forced fumble. In the offseason, USC brought in defensive coordinator Todd Orlando, who moved Jackson to a hybrid outside linebacker role where sometimes Jackson would go into pass rush and other times would drop back in coverage. This led to mixed results as Jackson adjusted to the role in the abridged 2020 season, finishing with two sacks and 5.5 TFLs but still earning a spot on the second-team All-Pac-12 for a second consecutive year. But in his second year at the new position, Jackson feels more confident. "Last year was the first time playing that defense, being a linebacker, and I was kind of hesitant on some stuff," Jackson said, "and now I can really just go." - Orange County Register


(DS#1 DE) Jr/2023 DE Drake JacksonSouthern California
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  Michael Trigg still has a lot to learn about USC's playbook and the particulars of his new position, but as a short pass to the flat began to sail over his head at Tuesday's practice, the freshman's instincts took over. A pass that should've soared incomplete above the tight end's head was instead miraculously snagged from midair with just one hand. As he pulled down Jaxson Dart's errant pass, Trigg dodged one tackle - then lowered his shoulder through another. It ultimately took a pack of Trojan defenders to pull the freshman down - and only after he'd dragged half the defense to a 20-yard gain. "I was just trying to get to the end zone doing whatever it takes," Trigg recalled, with a grin. "That's all I remember, for real."

The 10 practices preceding that stunning catch-and-run have been a blur to the wide-eyed freshman, who admits he's still a bit lost when it comes to understanding USC's offense. But to those watching Trigg closely over the past two weeks, it's been a memorable start anyway, one that's put him in position to contribute early this season. Ask anyone in attendance at USC's fall camp, and they'll each offer the same observation. USC defensive tackle Ishmael Sopsher spoke to the media for the first time since transferring from Alabama about the current status of his injury. "He's a freak," said quarterback Kedon Slovis. "A freak," echoed tight end Jude Wolfe. "That's the best way to describe him," added tight ends coach Seth Doege. "He's an athletic freak." - Los Angeles Times


(DS#4 TE) Fr/2025 TE Michael TriggSouthern California
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  Sometimes it can take some time to adjust to a new football team, a new offense, a new scheme. Like wading into the Pacific Ocean and letting your body adjust to the water temperature. Or, you can run straight into the water without hesitation. That's what Keaontay Ingram has done since transferring to USC. The former Texas running back was one of the breakout performers of the spring for the Trojans, making an immediate impact with his powerful style and burst through the line of scrimmage. It's been clear that Ingram has had no issues adjusting to the new offense at USC.

"Football is still football at the end of the day. Everybody pretty much do the same main concepts," Ingram said nonchalantly. "Just the details of the game and stuff like that. So picking up on this offense is like a cakewalk for me." Ingram speaks with the same confidence and ease he displays when he runs. He says it was a simple decision to choose USC after three years at Texas, saying at this stage in his career he knew what he wanted: The chance for playing time, and the chance to win. "Of course I do have goals, but I mean it's not going to matter if we don't win a championship," he said. "So that's the ultimatum - if we win championships, everybody get a good-paying job." - Orange County Register


(DS#6 RB) Sr/2022 RB Keaontay IngramSouthern California
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  Korey Foreman and Raesjon Davis arrived at USC with high external expectations. That's what comes with the recruiting pedigree and the distinction of being Southern California guys staying at the local school. But through four days of fall camp, both players are trying to fit in rather than make any bold verbal proclamations. "A lot of things you just gotta push behind you. I'm here for one reason and that's to make myself better and to win a national championship with my team," said Foreman, directing any questions of potential playing time to Coach Clay Helton. "But my own expectations of myself are just being able to work every single day, come to the facility every single day and just strive and give my best to every single rep." Davis struck a similar tune, saying of his goals, "Just to get better, try and learn the playbook as fast possible, try and learn as much as I can from Coach (Todd) Orlando (defensive coordinator) to get developed as quickly as possible so I can just help the team out as much as I can."

Foreman, a defensive end, arrived at USC as the nation's top recruit out of Centennial High in Corona. Davis was a four-star linebacker out of Mater Dei, and the two were the crown jewels of USC's 2021 recruiting class on the defensive side of the ball. And they have opportunities to play as true freshmen. Though Foreman and Davis are both working with the second-team defense in practice, both the defensive line and linebacking corps have depth issues that could present opportunities to the young Trojans. "Excited to watch them just put the ball down and just go tackle people," Orlando said, noting their potential roles will depend on how quickly they learn the playbook. "So, work in progress." - Orange County Register


(DS#2 DE) Fr/2025 DE Korey ForemanSouthern California
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  At 6-foot-4 and 265 pounds, he's known as a pass rusher first, but also woks well in the running game. The former California prep star can beat a defender with quickness or power. Will have much to learn at the college level, but could make an impact right away being used as a designated pass rusher whose primary role is to get to the QB. - AP College Football

(DS#2 DE) Fr/2025 DE Korey ForemanSouthern California
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  As far as second first impressions go, Kyle Ford did pretty well in the first day of USC training camp. A year removed from a second ACL tear and surgery, Ford was facing press coverage during 11-on-11 and sensed that the ball might be coming his direction. Sure enough, the pass was high, where only the 6-foot-2 receiver could grab it. Instinct took over from there, to hear Ford tell it, and he leaped up and snatched the ball out of the air with one hand. "It felt really special because obviously that was my first day coming to practice," Ford said on Saturday. "I feel blessed. Just real thankful to be out here, to be out here feeling healthy. I'm starting to feel like myself again." Ford missed all of the 2020 season following an off-season ACL tear, the same injury he suffered in his senior year at Orange Lutheran which limited him to a single catch in 2019 as a freshman.

The familiarity with the injury, and the recovery process from it, was a helpful tool for Ford as he rehabbed this time around. Whereas the first time it took over a month of on-field work before he was able to overcome the mental block of trusting his knee again, that process was winnowed down to two weeks. "I knew what was coming, I knew what to expect," Ford said. "Obviously there's always going to be that little mental block sometimes for some people. But I feel like this time around it really wasn't there for me." - Orange County Register


(DS#999 WR) rSo/2024 WR Kyle FordSouthern California
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