2016 #USCtotheNFL Week 2

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Through two weeks of the 2016 NFL season, USC's 36 representatives have proven themselves to be some of the early stars.

grimble-nfl.jpgThe Best

Xavier Grimble, TE, Steelers

There's no better "Welcome to the NFL" moment than scoring a touchdown on your first-ever NFL catch. Grimble did just that on Sunday, stretching out for the end zone for a 20-yard score against Cincinnati. "X-Man" finished the game with two receptions for 26 yards in the Steelers' 24-16 win over the Bengals.

Best of the Rest

Nickell Robey-Coleman, CB, Bills - 5 tackles, 1 fumble recovery for a TD

Leonard Williams, DE, Jets - 4 tackles

Marqise Lee, WR, Jaguars - 5 receptions, career-high 75 yards

Rey Maualuga, LB, Bengals - 7 total tackles (6 solo)

Su'a Cravens, S/LB, Redskins - 4 total tackles (3 solo)

Ryan Kalil, OT, Panthers - Helped Panthers gain 529 yards of total offense

Jordan Cameron, TE, Dolphins - 5 receptions, 49 yards, TD

Carson Palmer, QB, Cardinals - 18/31 for 308 yards and 3 TD

Malcolm Smith, LB, Raiders - 6 total tackles (5 solo)

Clay Matthews, LB, Packers - 3 tackles, 1 sack

Everson Griffen, DE, Vikings - 2 tackles, 1 sack, 1 forced fumble

Nick Perry, LB, Packers - 3 tackles, 2 QB hits, 0.5 sacks

Nelson Agholor, WR, Eagles - 4 receptions, 42 yards

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Trojans Live: Utah Preview

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Trojans Live was back on its normal Monday night to recap a tough loss at Stanford and preview the short week ahead, ending in a Friday night tilt at Utah. Head coach Clay Helton joined the show as he always does to explain why he changed quarterbacks from Max Browne to Sam Darnold (video below).

DT Stevie Tu'ikolovatu is a grad transfer from Utah, so he looked forward to his homecoming against his former teammates.

Click here to watch Stevie T on Trojans Live.

No. 10 USC women's soccer has posted six consecutive shutout victories to tie a school record, so goalie Sammy Jo Prudhomme gave us the secret to their success.

Click here to watch Prudhomme on Trojans Live.

You can watch the full show live and archived on our Facebook page.

Utah Monday: Notes

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USC hit the field hard on Monday in preparation for its Friday night tilt at No. 24 Utah.
  • USC_Football_Bama_mcgillen_LRDSC_1871.JPGHead coach Clay Helton announced that Sam Darnold will start at QB against the Utes. "I want to see a spark in our offense, and I hope that Sam can bring that," Helton said. "I'm confident in it after three games of watching him perform."
  • Darnold (pictured) spent the majority of practice today with the first-string offense, and Helton said he now believes that the redshirt freshman is an "every down guy."
  • Despite making the change, Helton expressed that Max Browne "is not the reason we are 1-2," adding that "he is not the scapegoat here. The way he competed and performed was more than honorable."
  • Helton called Browne "the ultimate competitor" and "the ultimate leader," but said that ultimately, Darnold's "eilte arm strength" and ability to run the ball solidified the decision to make the change.
  • When asked whether the QB competition is still open, Helton had this to say: "I think we always compete. Like I told our team, I'm always going to do what I feel is in the best interest of our team. And right now, being in the situation we are in, I just thought it was time to make a change."
  • Darnold said he was "stoked" to learn he'd be starting and explained he'd continue to prepare just as he has been all season. "I'm just going to do my best with the opportunity given, and hopefully we get a W," he said.
  • Browne acknowledged his disappointment, but expressed that he would continue to compete. "I'll be ready," he said. "I owe it to my teammates and the guys I've been here with for four years now ... I'll be ready at a moment's notice. I have experience under my belt and I'll be good to go."
  • Darnold and the Trojans will likely play in the rain in Salt Lake City on Friday night, so the team ran a number of drills with wet balls today.
  • USC also practiced with simulated crowd noise, as Helton explained that the team had to be "ready for a raucus crowd" at Rice-Eccles Stadium.
  • Here is Helton's full press conference:

Extra Yard Week

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The College Football Playoff has put its philanthropic might behind supporting teachers, dubbing September 17-24 "Extra Yard for Teachers Week". In recognition of that worthy cause, USC senior offensive tackle Zach Banner spoke about the two greatest educators in his life, his parents.

Night Game for ASU

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USC will host Arizona State on October 1 under the lights of the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum. The exact game time has not been announced yet, but kickoff will be between 5:30 and 7:30 p.m. The television networks will finalize their decision six days out.


Sweet Shutout Streak

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On Friday, USC women's soccer tied a program record with its sixth straight shutout victory in a 2-0 win over Kansas.

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The last time the Trojans achieved that feat was in 2006, when the team went 11-5-5 and advanced to the second round of the NCAA Tournament.

This year, USC has not allowed a goal since Aug. 26, in a 1-0 loss to Long Beach State. Goalkeeper Sammy Jo Prudhomme has racked up 28 saves since then.

USC looks to extend its dominant streak on Friday when it hosts Arizona in the first game of Pac-12 play. The Wildcats enter the matchup at 5-2-1 and average 2.25 goals per game.


Haley Gets 400

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On Friday, USC women's volleyball won its eighth straight match, which was also win No. 400 for head coach Mick Haley.

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Haley, who came to Troy in 2001, now holds a 400-98 (.803) all-time record at USC and is the winningest head coach in program history. The program, meanwhile, is now just three wins away from 1,000.

The Women of Troy have made the NCAA Tournament in every season under Haley. He has guided his teams to two NCAA championships (2002 and 2003), six NCAA semifinal appearances (2002, 2003, 2004, 2007, 2010 and 2011) and four Pac-12 championships (2002, 2003, 2011, 2015).

This season, USC is 8-3 and currently tied atop the Pac-12 standings with Washington, whom the team plays on Friday. Before that, the Trojans take on UCLA on Wednesday to kick off Pac-12 play.


McGillen Gallery: USC Water Polo vs. Stanford

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The No. 2 Trojans improved to 6-0 this season with a win over No. 5 Stanford on Saturday.

USC photographer John McGillen was at Stanford's Avery Aquatic Center to capture photos from the 8-4 victory.

Vavic Nets No. 500

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On Saturday, USC water polo coach Jovan Vavic won his 500th game with the men's program as the No. 2 Trojans beat No. 5 Stanford, 8-4, in Palo Alto.

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Vavic's career record is now 500-82 (.859) with the men's team at USC and 1,016-224 (.819) at USC overall, having also coached the women's team since arriving at Troy in 1995.

The only head coach in history with more wins at USC than Vavic is the legendary Rod Dedeaux, who racked up 1,332 victories in 45 seasons as USC baseball coach.

This year, Vavic has led the Men of Troy to a 6-0 start as they look to get back on top after finishing second in the NCAA championship two years in a row. No one doubts Vavic can get the team there again, as he's won 14 team titles in his tenure at USC, including the women's championship just last year.

Up next for the Trojans is the MPSF Invitational in Berkeley on Friday.

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USC vs. Stanford Wrap-Up

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USC couldn't hang on in Saturday's loss to Stanford, despite impressive games from CB Adoree' Jackson and TE Tyler Petite. The Trojans have no time to dwell, though, as they head to Salt Lake City to face No. 24 Utah on Friday.