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2015 USC Football Poster

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The 2015 USC football schedule poster is available to fans for FREE at the September 5 season opener at the Coliseum upon exit of the stadium. Thereafter, you can pick it up in the Heritage Hall lobby, the USC ticket office or purchase it online.

Here is your exclusive first look at the new poster featuring QB Cody Kessler, LB Su'a Cravens, CB/WR Adoree' Jackson and WR JuJu Smith:

(CLICK ON THE POSTER TO DOWNLOAD A HI-RES VERSION)

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Update: Prices Lowered!

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Written by Sarah Bergstrom, USC blog contributor

USC women's volleyball opens the 2015 season at Galen Center with the Women of Troy Invitational, a two-day tournament on August 28-29. All-inclusive ticket packs, NOW AT LOWER PRICES, are available for purchase here, and include a USC plastic mason jar mug, pregame happy hour refreshments and a pregame Chalk Talk with Mick Haley.

The Women of Troy's first game will be against North Carolina at 8 p.m. on Friday, August 28. On Saturday, the Trojans face Chicago State at 10 a.m. and BYU at 8 p.m.

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All Smiles

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Written by Sarah Bergstrom, USC blog contributor

On Tuesday, the Trojans took a break from the grind of Fall Camp for their annual Photo Day. The players spent the morning taking hundreds of shots to be used in a variety of settings including the video board, the program, and television promos. Of course, no photo day would be complete without squad selfies, freshman pictures and bittersweet introspection on Instagram.

Stay tuned for the official USC football team picture. For now, enjoy this photo of our highly-entertaining WR corps.

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Get to Know: Justin Davis

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Written by Sarah Bergstrom, USC blog contributor

Beyond the recruiting bios, stat columns, post-game quotes and jersey numbers, every one of USC's elite student-athletes possesses a unique personality. Whether it's their life motto, hidden talent or spirit animal, there's more that makes up each of our Trojan athletes than what's put on display come game day.

One of the returning members of USC's impressive backfield duo is a talented man all by himself. Junior running back Justin Davis taught himself to play bass guitar several years ago simply by looking up chords online. This fall, Davis is ready to rock and roll as part of the explosive Trojan offense. Get to know more about the running back here:

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Davis is Done

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Written by Caroline Deisley, USC blog contributor

Former USC libero Nicole Davis is retiring from professional volleyball after an outstanding 11-year stint playing internationally with Team USA and at the club level. The 33-year-old is one of the most decorated USC volleyball alums winning back-to-back national championships while at Troy and winning two silver medals for the United States and a World Championship just last year. 

In her senior season with the Women of Troy, Davis recorded 4.25 digs per game, which was second all-time in USC history, while her 450 total digs for the 2003 season landed her at fifth all-time. 

Davis was the 20th player in USC women's volleyball history to compete in the Olympics. As an Olympian, Davis finished second for Best Libero at London 2012 as she led Team USA to another silver medal. At her first trip to the Olympics in 2008, Davis averaged 2.33 digs per set leading the United States to its first medal in women's volleyball since 1992. 

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Trojans in Italy

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USC men's basketball is enjoying every aspect of its 11-day trip through Italy, dominating on the court and bonding away from the game. The Trojans are 2-0 with a 90-76 victory over the Vedano Olona All-Stars and a 133-61 blowout of Vicenza.

For photos of all the off the court action, including test driving Ferraris, follow USCHoops on Instagram!

Building towards year three under head coach Andy Enfield, the talent growth is impossible to miss as the the young Trojans are getting stronger and more skilled, including junior Katin Reinhardt who dropped 33 points (25 in the first half) on nine made three-pointers versus Vicenza. Plus, the additions of freshmen big men Chimezie Metu and Bennie Boatwright, who led the team with 18 points against Vedano Olona, have created competition for playing time all over the court.

Here's a look at Metu and sophomore guard Elijah Stewart showing off their athleticism:

A couple of dunks from the Trojans' win over Vicenza last night #TrojansInItaly

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A Vision for the Future

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In honor of his five-year anniversary as USC athletic director, Pat Haden wrote a letter to the Trojan Family reviewing the past five years and detailing his vision for the future of Trojan Athletics.

Click here to read the letter!

Upon taking the job in 2010, Haden listed six points that would define the short-term success of the department in light of the NCAA sanctions which had just been handed down. With that behind him, he has set forth nine guiding principles to define future success for USC Athletics.

A Vision For the Future Get Acrobat Reader

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2015 Fall Camp #11: Notes

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The Trojans tackled live throughout practice in the first scrimmage of Fall Camp.
  • USC ran 120+ plays and came out of the session healthy.
  • However, LB Lamar Dawson is out with a couple cracked ribs after landing on a heel the other day. He is expected to be ready for the season opener.
  • While the Trojans were guilty of penalties and miscues, typical of a first scrimmage, they also made a bunch of plays on both sides of the ball. Among the highlights, freshmen Marvell Tell III and sophomore Jonathan Lockett snagged interceptions, while freshman CB Iman Marshall was singled out by head coach Steve Sarkisian for an outstanding all-around practice. The head coach also liked the pass pressure provided by freshman OLB Porter Gustin.
  • Offensively, Steven Mitchell was dangerous throughout, highlighted by a long TD catch-and-run, which was called back by a penalty. JuJu Smith made a touchdown grab, and freshman RB Ronald Jones II flashed his speed on the outside. FB Soma Vainuku caught a pass for six from Cody Kessler, while Max Browne synced up with walk-on WR Christian Tober, who refuses to be ignored, on a long TD.
  • Sarkisian expressed some disappointment with the quarterback play tonight. "I thought the quarterbacks were just a little off," said Sarkisian. "Our accuracy wasn't what I would prefer and I think what they would prefer. I think we can be better than we were tonight, so that's encouraging."
  • The young secondary was there to take advantage as Lockett, the hero from yesterday's practice, showed up again. "I know the defense well now," said Lockett, who credited his experience last fall and playing some safety this spring for his rapid development. "Last year, I was out there thinking too much. This year, I know what I'm doing and where I'm supposed to be at the right time. I feel like I'm playing faster."
  • The Trojans appear to be loaded at cornerback with Kevon Seymour and Adoree Jackson now backed up by Marshall and Lockett, but the two safety spots raise a few more questions due to lack of experience. John Plattenburg's return from a hip injury provided a major boost for the unit. "I'm feeling pretty good, about 90%," said Plattenburg. "Physically ready or not, I know I have to get in there, get back to the click clack. I love being physical."
  • While Sarkisian praised Leon McQuay, he also noted that freshman Marvell Tell III is "banging on the door to play." Plattenburg succinctly scouted the new No. 7, "Kid's good. Long dude, tall. Watch out for him."
  • Add in "old reliable" Matt Lopes, corner-turned-safety Chris Hawkins and another talented freshman Ykili Ross, and the head coach likes where this position group is headed. "We have a little bit more depth there than maybe we get credit for," said Sarkisian about the safeties. "We are youthful back there, but I thought those guys tackled pretty well tonight and that's important for us."
  • Without any experienced voices, Plattenburg has taken over a leadership role. "The trace of a leader just comes naturally," said Plattenburg, who is always trying to "motivate" and "keep a smile on people's face."
  • Since the sanctions hit, practices like tonight, featuring 120+ plays of tackling, were non-existent. But as the head coach said, the Trojans will benefit from actually practicing football by bringing people to the ground. "We want to be the most physical team in America," said Plattenburg.
  • Here is Sarkisian's press conference:


Get to Know: Su'a Cravens

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Written by Sarah Bergstrom, USC blog contributor

Beyond the recruiting bios, stat columns, post-game quotes and jersey numbers, every one of USC's elite student-athletes possesses a unique personality. Whether it's their life motto, hidden talent or spirit animal, there's more that makes up each of our Trojan athletes than what's put on display come game day.

The first time USC LB Su'a Cravens suited up in Cardinal & Gold, nothing was ever the same...Or at least that's how the junior would describe it, enlisting some help from his favorite musical artist. The versatile playmaker has an equally versatile personality, channeling the characteristics of his spirit animal to be a predator on the field and a young man full of wisdom off of it.

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Home Beach Advantage

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USC volleyball alums April Ross and Tri Bourne enjoyed the comforts of home at the AVP Manhattan Beach Open this past weekend as Ross won her second consecutive women's title and Bourne earned runner-up on the men's side.

Click here for the LA Times recap.

Ross is playing with Jennifer Fopma, while Kerri Walsh-Jennings recovers from a shoulder injury, but she was still able to make it back-to-back crowns by beating Nicole Branagh and Jenny Kropp, 21-15, 26-24, in the final.

"It's such a prestigious thing to get your name on the pier, and no one is going to give up," Ross told the LA Times. "I wasn't going to believe that we were going to win until the last ball hit the sand."

Bourne (pictured) does not have his name etched in Manhattan Beach history just yet, but he is getting closer. Paired with John Hyden, he fell to Phil Dalhausser and Nick Lucena, 19-21, 17-21, in his best career showing at the prestigious tournament.

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