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USC finds dependable young receiver ... at tailback

By Scott Wolf|

Struggling Stanford still presents big threat for UCLA football

LOS ANGELES >> Jim Mora is not fooled by the two-game losing streak or the uncharacteristically porous run defense. The team UCLA faces in its conference opener is still, and will always be, a threat. “They’re still Stanford,...

By Thuc Nhi Nguyen|


  • College football

    SDSU tries to capitalize on being only game in town

    SAN DIEGO >> Mountain West Conference football is no substitute for the NFL. Not even close. But San Diego State’s athletic department is trying, bless their collective hearts. They sense an opportunity to grasp, a vacuum to fill, an available fan base to be wooed as the only big time football team left in town. They’d be guilty of athletic marketing malpractice if they didn’t at least try. It will help, of course, if the Aztecs continue to win.

    By Jim Alexander|

  • USC

    USC football wary of post-Stanford letdown

    LOS ANGELES>> For USC, it has rarely been easy to face Stanford over the past decade. It also hasn’t been easy to face the next opponent. In the three previous seasons, the Trojans matched up Stanford four times and went 1-3 against the Cardinal. They also went 1-3 in their subsequent games, including one loss in 2014 as a 17-point favorite at Boston College. USC coach Clay Helton acknowledged the challenge of recovering after playing the Cardinal, a...

    By Joey Kaufman @joeyrkaufman on Twitter|

  • USC

    Deontay Burnett takes winding road to become Trojans’ top receiver

    LOS ANGELES >> Deontay Burnett, then a senior at Serra High in Gardena, sat in a history class when he needed to answer his cell phone. It was the morning of Feb. 4, 2015, college football’s national signing day, when prospects can sign their names on national letters of intent, the last hurrah of the recruiting cycle. Once the class ended, Burnett planned to join his teammates at a lunchtime ceremony in the school gymnasium. They would sign with various colleges. It...

    By Joey Kaufman @joeyrkaufman on Twitter|

  • USC

    Memories of Rose Bowl loss to Texas still fresh for Trojans

    LOS ANGELES >> Chris Hawkins cried. “I for sure did,” said Hawkins, a senior safety for USC. “It was a sad time in USC history.” Cameron Smith was laying on the floor in front of family’s TV set. His dad gazed at the screen, too. “I remember exactly where I was,” said Smith, a junior linebacker. Sam Darnold, the Trojans’ quarterback, remembered watching the game at home. “It was just a great...

    By Joey Kaufman @joeyrkaufman on Twitter|

  • UCLA

    UCLA turns to young linebackers against Memphis

    LOS ANGELES >> On three, the UCLA linebackers break their huddle by saying, “LB!” and on six, they follow with an extended “UUUUUU!” With former Bruins linebackers from Anthony Barr to Eric Kendricks to Myles Jack suiting up for NFL teams on Sundays, UCLA is trying to stake its claim as the one true LBU — Linebacker University. The newest LBU students are in for an advanced class this weekend. The Bruins (2-0) might have a trio of...

    Thuc Nhi Nguyen

  • Athlete recruiting

    Inside the unregulated world of recruiting consulting services

    Overwhelmed and out of answers, Tim and Tanya Blomquist listened intently to the pitch. They’d been warned – about recruiting services, about the false dreams some sell, about scammed parents left high and dry. Upon arriving at this coffee shop meeting last spring, both clung to their skepticism. But they also were driven to despair at the thought of their son’s college football dream deferred, and the man sitting across the table was a compelling salesman, with an...

    By Ryan Kartje @Ryan_Kartje on Twitter|

  • USC

    Wolf: USC quarterback Sam Darnold erases everyone else’s mistakes

    LOS ANGELES - Imagine a USC team without Sam Darnold. The thought might scare you if you are a Trojan fan. But just think how happy defensive coordinator Clancy Pendergast and special teams John Baxter must be knowing they have a superstar to erase any of their errors on a weekly basis. With those units on the ropes Saturday night, Darnold lived up to his hype and reminded everyone of his Rose Bowl heroics as the No. 6 Trojans defeated the No. 14 Cardinal 42-24 in...

    Scott Wolf

  • USC

    Trojans refuse to repeat Cardinal sins

    LOS ANGELES -- Rasheem Green said it was a week of sacrifice. Maybe you don’t take that post-practice nap. Maybe you realize that the  XBox will still be there after Saturday. Maybe you go to the computer and cue up the tape and try to find the keys to the kingdom, try to learn why Stanford’s offense looks so old and yet works so new, sort of like USC Village. Only the fourth and fifth-year players at USC knew how it felt to beat...

    Mark Whicker

  • USC

    USC without TE Daniel Imatorbhebhe in Pac-12 opening win vs. Stanford

    LOS ANGELES >> USC quarterback Sam Darnold was without one of his top receiving targets in Saturday’s Pac-12 opening 42-24 win against Stanford. Daniel Imatorbhebhe was out because of a sore hip flexor, an injury that has nagged the third-year sophomore tight end since training camp. It was an unexpected development. Imatorbhebhe had practiced during the week and took part in USC’s season-opening victory over Western Michigan, though he had been...

    By Joey Kaufman @joeyrkaufman on Twitter|

  • USC

    Sam Darnold leads USC over rival Stanford

    LOS ANGELES >> It was unscripted and unflinching. USC quarterback Sam Darnold ran away from Stanford’s pass rush, scanned for a target, then fluttered a pass toward the end-zone pylon. The timing worked. Receiver Deontay Burnett had reached the 3-yard line. As the football descended toward the Coliseum grass, Burnett reached forward, his body fully extended as he fell across the goal line, scooping up the pass. A couple feet away, an official raised both hands...

    By Joey Kaufman @joeyrkaufman on Twitter|

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