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Head coach Steve Sarkisian announced the signing of WR Isaac Whitney, a four-star talent from Riverside City College, who will join the Trojans in January with two years of eligibility remaining.

Whitney, who is originally from Oklahoma, is listed at 6-foot-3 and 195 pounds, so he adds size to a receiving corps that is smaller in stature.

"Dynamic. Isaac brings a size and speed combination that we do not have currently in our room," said WR coach Tee Martin. "He brings some experience, and we are excited that as a mid-year, he will be able to go through spring practice with us. We are looking forward to adding him to a talented group that is really coming into its own."

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One Week From Christmas

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For this holiday season, USC athletics is giving away LG G Pad tablets on our #FightOn page, which aggregates all #FightOn content from Twitter and Instagram.

Click here to enter to win!!!

Sign-up now and lucky winners will have one more gift to play with this Christmas.

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Holiday Bowl Practice #8: Notes

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The Trojans bounced back with a much more spirited practice on Cromwell Field this morning.
  • After a disappointing Wednesday, head coach Steve Sarkisian challenged his team to restore the physicality and competitiveness to the practice field. "The guys responded well like I knew they would," said Sarkisian, who put the team in full pads and squared the offensive starters against the defensive starters.  As the scholarship numbers grow, the head coach "would love to do that all the time."
  • While some position groups are thin, the wide receivers have to scratch and claw for reps and balls. "It is definitely a very competitive group," said junior WR George Farmer. "I think that is a good thing because every day we know we have to come out here and push each other because you know the man next to you is going to work harder than you are which pushes you to work. That's a positive thing. We came here to compete."
  • Farmer has been working for years to finally get the breakout payoff against Notre Dame with two touchdown bombs. "I had confidence in myself that I was capable of doing what I did," he said. "I think it is just a matter of opportunity meeting preparation."
  • Redshirt freshman WR Steven Mitchell is another talented player getting better every week after coming off a knee injury. Sarkisian said that the hit Mitchell took during the Notre Dame game, while still holding on to the ball, was "probably good for him" as he continues to build confidence in his body and ability.
  • The Trojans have three more practices on campus (Friday, Saturday and Tuesday morning) before heading down to San Diego on Tuesday afternoon. Once they are in San Diego, the itinerary is packed. "I'm looking forward to the zoo," said Farmer. "I am very excited for this Holiday Bowl. I can't wait for all the great food and gifts we will receive, all the great players we will meet and all the fun times we will spend hanging with the team."
  • Most importantly, the Trojans want to end the season with a victory. "I am really looking forward to ending my career at SC with a win," said senior TE Randall Telfer. "Nebraska is a good team, a team with a lot of history and tradition, and so are we."
  • Here is Sarkisian's morning media briefing...



Photo Gallery: 2014 Football Awards

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The USC coaches, players and supporters celebrated the achievements of the 2014 season at the annual awards banquet Wednesday night held in the Ronald Tutor Campus Center.

Here are the Pierson Clair photos of the festivities:


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