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2014 Football Awards

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USC football honored its departing senior class and paid tribute to a gutty bunch of Trojans who displayed trademark resiliency throughout their first campaign under head coach Steve Sarkisian.  USC finished 8-4 with a Holiday Bowl battle due up on December 27 against Nebraska led by Team MVP Leonard Williams.

Here is the list of winners and our season-in-review video:

Most Valuable Player - DE Leonard Williams

Most Inspirational Player - TE Randall Telfer

Trojan Way Leadership Award - QB Cody Kessler

Trojan Commitment Award - LB Hayes Pullard

Linemen of the Year - C Max Tuerk and DE Leonard Williams

Perimeter Players of the Year - WR Nelson Agholor and OLB Su'a Cravens

Special Teams Player of the Year - LB Quinton Powell

Service Team Players of the Year - QB Jalen Greene and LB Reuben Peters

Jack Oakie "Rise and Shine" Award (Longest Run) - RB Buck Allen vs. ASU (53 yards)

Player of the Game vs. Notre Dame - QB Cody Kessler

Howard Jones/Football Alumni Club Academic Award - QB Anthony Neyer

Bob Chandler Award (Best All-Around Underclassman) - OT Chad Wheeler

John McKay Award (Most Competitive Underclassman) - WR JuJu Smith

Joe Collins Walk-on Award - PK Alex Wood

Chris Carlisle Courage Award - OLB J.R. Tavai

Community Service Award - TE Chris Willson

Lifters Award - QB Max Browne and LB Anthony Sarao

Team Captains - QB Cody Kessler, C Max Tuerk, WR Nelson Agholor, LB Hayes Pullard and DE Leonard Williams


Holiday Home Stand Continues

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USC women's basketball is 3-0 inside the friendly confines of Galen Center this season, and the Women of Troy are in the midst of a seven-game home stand with a pair of games due up this week against Loyola Marymount (Thursday at 4 p.m.) and No. 16 Oklahoma State (Sunday at Noon).

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The Women of Troy sit at 7-2 overall with the hope that Alexyz Vaioletama, Jordan Adams and McKenzie Calvert could all return from injury.  This week's games conclude the Trojans non-conference slate before a titanic rivalry clash with UCLA to kick off Pac-12 play on December 30.

Courtney Jaco leads the Trojans with 23 made three-pointers.
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Kostas Striking Cutino Pose

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Given annually to the nation's best player, the Peter J. Cutino Award is the Heisman Trophy of water polo. Kostas Genidounias was a Cutino finalist last season, and he matched that accomplishment again this year with an eye towards taking home the big prize when it is announced in June 2015.

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Genidounias, USC's all-time leading goal scorer, will go up against Stanford's Bret Bonnani and Alex Bowen for the coveted trophy. He is seeking to join Juraj Zatovic (2006), J.W. Krumpholz (2009 and 2010) and Joel Dennerley (2012) as men of Troy to win the Cutino Award.

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Holiday Bowl Practice #7: Sarkisian Presser

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The Trojans return to the practice field this morning, but head coach Steve Sarkisian called their performance "extremely average" coming off the break.

USC will be without DT Antwaun Woods in the Holiday Bowl. He underwent surgery yesterday for a torn pectoral muscle.

Here is Sarkisian's complete post-practice presser:


Holiday Party in San Diego

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The Trojan Family is invading San Diego on December 27 for the Holiday Bowl, and you are all invited to the pregame party outside Qualcomm Stadium. The fun goes from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. and includes an all-you-can-eat lunch buffet, hosted bar, games, Traveler, Song Girls and the Trojan Marching Band.

Admission is $100 for adults and $50 per child (ages 3-10). The party will be located in Section L of the Qualcomm Stadium parking lot.

Click here to RSVP and get more info.

Reservations are due by Friday, December 19. That is a hard deadline so RSVP now!

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2014 NFL Week 15

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The Best

Frostee Rucker, DE, Cardinals - 3 TFLs including a sack and forced fumble

Rucker.jpgRucker has carved out a nice pro career finding a home in Arizona with one of the league's best defenses. He was at his dominant best on Thursday Night Football terrorizing the Rams in the backfield with three tackles behind the line of scrimmage out of his four solo tackles.  He also stripped a ball loose as the Cardinals defeated St. Louis 12-6 in a touchdown-free game. Rucker is riding a hot streak with five sacks in his last five games.

Best of the Rest

Devon Kennard, LB, Giants - 7 tackles (6 solo) including 2 for loss and half a sack plus a pass defended

Clay Matthews, OLB, Packers - 4 solo tackles including 2 sacks

Silas Redd, RB, Redskins - 3 catches for 62 yards

Rey Maualuga, LB, Bengals - 6 tackles (3 solo) including one for loss

Jurrell Casey, DT, Titans - 3 tackles (2 solo) including one for loss and a pass defended

T.J. McDonald, S, Rams - 8 tackles (7 solo) including one for loss

Nickell Robey, CB, Bills - 3 solo tackles plus a pass defended

Leo Roars Again

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USC junior Leonard Williams picked up another All-American First Team nod as FOX Sports recognized him as one of the two best defensive tackles in the country. Williams already made ESPN's All-American First Team as a defensive end.

Click here for the complete FOX Sports All-American Team.

For the second consecutive year, Nelson Agholor is a second team All-American, but this time the versatile junior was named as a wide receiver. In 2013, he was equally honored for his punt return skills.

Sophomore Su'a Cravens was named a third team All-American safety by the Associated Press.

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Photo Gallery: Christmas Gift Delivery

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USC student-athletes spent their weekend passing out gifts to children in underprivileged Los Angeles neighborhoods.

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Here are the John McGillen photos:


NBA Box Score

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USC women's basketball played Sacramento State on Sunday without three of its top guns (Alexyz Vaioletama, Jordan Adams and McKenzie Calvert), and yet the Women of Troy put 100+ points on the scoreboard for the 35th time in program history. They needed every one of those points too as the Trojans prevailed 101-99 behind a career-night from Kiki Alofaituli who had 26 points and 10 rebounds to move to 7-2 on the season.

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Head coach Cynthia Cooper-Dyke was limited to a seven-woman rotation, but six Trojans scored in double figures. Kaneisha Horn posted a double-double with 20 points and 15 rebounds, while freshmen post players Kristen Simon (17 points and 9 rebounds) and Amy Okonkwo (12 points on 6/6 shooting) are growing up fast.

Here is our Caroline Deisley after the game with Horn:


Holiday Bowl Practice #6: Notes

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Written by Caroline Deisley, USC blog contributor

The Trojans wrapped up the first phase of preparation for the Holiday Bowl on Sunday as head coach Steve Sarkisian got one last look at the future of his program before bearing down next week to implement the game plan for Nebraska. 

Here is the head coach after practice talking about who stood out this week and what the development process is like at USC...