Nick Perry, OLB, Packers - 4 tackles (3 solo) and 1.5 sacks
Perry picked a good time to have his best game of the season. He made a major impact on back-to-back plays sacking Cowboys QB Tony Romo to help Green Bay advance to the NFC Championship Game. He will now face some old college teammates and his former head coach when the Packers travel to Seattle to play for a spot in the Super Bowl.
Khaled Holmes, C, Colts - Started at center in front of Andrew Luck in the upset win over Denver
Clay Matthews, OLB, Packers - 4 tackles (2 solo) and a QB hit
Wes Horton, DE, Panthers - 2 tackles and a forced fumble
Tyron Smith, LT, Cowboys - Started at left tackle for Dallas
Ryan Kalil, C, Panthers - Started at center for Carolina
Malcolm Smith, LB, Seahawks - One tackle in the victory over Carolina
Pete Carroll, HC, Seahawks - One win away from back-to-back NFC titles
Mike Morgan, LB, Seahawks - Headed back to the NFC Championship Game
Chuck Pagano, HC, Colts - Former USC grad assistant leads Indy to AFC Championship Game
Awaiting the season's first big tests, head coach Bill Ferguson sat down with Dave Foley to preview the week.
USC student-athletes recorded their most successful academic semester on record in the just-completed Fall 2014 semester.
USC's nearly 600 student-athletes recorded an average semester grade point average of 2.95, the highest since figures were first compiled in 2000, as well as an average cumulative GPA of 2.88, tying the all-time best.
Approximately 45% of USC's student-athletes posted a
Fall 2014 GPA of 3.0 or better. Twelve of USC's 21 teams had a squad
average GPA of 3.0 or better in last fall's semester, led by a women's
team best of 3.39 by soccer (pictured) and a men's team
high of 3.25 by volleyball.
The football team's average GPA was its highest ever for a fall semester, including nearly a quarter of the players earning a 3.0-plus semester GPA. Men's water polo, a fall sport like football, also had its highest fall semester GPA. Four sports--women's soccer, tennis and volleyball and men's volleyball--all registered their best-ever semester GPA this past fall.
USC also had its fewest ever student-athletes below a 2.0 GPA and its fewest on academic probation entering a spring semester.
Some 116 Trojan student-athletes made the University's Fall 2014 Dean's List, including 13 from women's soccer, 12 from women's lacrosse and 9 each from football, men's track and field and women's crew.Said USC senior associate athletic director Dr. Magdi El Shahawy, who oversees USC's Student-Athlete Academic Services: "I believe this is a combined result of the efforts of our student-athletes first and foremost, but also their academic counselors, learning specialists, tutors, coaches and senior administration who have worked hard to support these student-athletes in their academic success, set a higher bar for them in the academic arena and hold them accountable if they are not putting forth the required effort in academics.
"We will continue to push to get the department's GPA above a 3.0, as well as help the student-athletes grow and have a great experience while here as we prepare them for life after USC."
Allen burst onto the scene midway through the 2013 season running for 100 yards or more in 13 of USC's last 19 games. He was named All-Pac-12 first team thanks to leading the conference in all-purpose yardage (149.8 yards per game) this past season.
In 2014, Allen ran for 1,489 yards and 11 TDs plus he caught 41 balls for 458 yards. And, his streak of 6 consecutive 100-yard rushing games was the longest since Marcus Allen had 11 in a row in 1981.
He is the only player in the nation with 13 games of 100-plus yards from scrimmage this season. His 276 carries in 2014 are the most by a Trojan since Fred Crutcher's 307 in 1984.
Here is Allen's official statement announcing his decision to declare for the NFL:
"This was a tough decision for me. I went home to Florida and talked it over with my family. I am proud to have been the first one in my family to have gone to college, and I've been blessed to say I played football in college. Now I'm ready to take it to the next level. Every kid dreams of this moment."This has been a long journey. There are so many I want to thank, starting with God, who made this all possible. I want to thank President Nikias for the opportunity I had at this great university and all of those who impacted my life at USC, including all our fans. I want to thank Pat Haden and J.K. McKay for accepting me and always being there for me. I want to thank Coach O for trusting in me when he took over last year and Coach Tommie Robinson for putting his job on the line last year by giving me the chance to play. And now Coach Sark and his staff for molding me as a man and as a complete person on and off the field. I had a great year with Coach Sark and his staff. I also appreciate all the help I got from our equipment and training staffs, who met all my needs. And especially everyone in our Academic Services department, who did such a great job supporting me and making my experience at USC better every day. Fight On!"
Here is USC head coach Steve Sarkisian on Allen:
"Buck is a true Trojan and we wish him well. He is not only a good football player, but a fine young man. We are grateful for what he did at USC. We asked a lot of Buck this year and he came through with an All-Pac-12 season. We know he can do more of the same in the NFL."
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The No. 13 Women of Troy (3-1) will also be taking on the Badgers at the Uytengsu Aquatics Center. USC men's swimming and diving is undefeated (4-0) and ranked No. 16 in the nation.
Here are the Jon SooHoo photos:
01/07/15-CAL@USC - Images by Jon SooHoo