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Meet Josh Imatorbhebhe

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USC_FOOTBALL_FALL_CAMP_080416-5848.jpgName: Josh Imatorbhebhe

Position: WR

Class: Freshman

Size: 6-foot-2, 210 pounds

Age: 18

High School: North Gwinnett (Suwanee, GA)

Game: Imatorbhebhe made heads turn last year when he posted a freakish 46" vertical at Nike's The Opening. Now, Imatorbhebhe, who joins his older brother Daniel on the roster, looks to make a name for himself at USC. He can compete right away as an athlete, testing extremely well in all strength and speed categories. The next step is to become a technician on the practice field in the hopes of earning time as a freshman.

Prep Career: Imatorbhebhe picked up 2015 Prep Star All-American Dream Team and Gwinnett Daily Post All-County third team honors as a senior. He hauled in 31 passes for 452 yards and 3 TD as well as one passing and one rushing TD. Imatorbhebhe also played basketball at North Gwinnett.

Clay Helton on Imatorbhebhe: "He's been a great 15-yard and line of scrimmage possession receiver, and now he's starting to do some things more down the field that we've seen in practice."

Fun Fact: In addition to his impressive athleticism, Imatorbhebhe can sing.

Here is Imatorbhebhe on who he looked up to before coming to SC, and more...


Trojans JetPack

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Our partner JetBlue Airways is offering USC fans a massive discount to travel with the Trojans this season. The Trojans JetPack features $50 one-way flights to see USC play at Stanford, Utah, Arizona and Washington, or all four games for a total of $400 plus a travel certificate for a free flight.

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The deal is available until Friday, August 19. To book, call 1-888-JETBLUE (538-2583), and choose option 3 between the hours of 5:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. PT. This offer is not available on jetblue.com and is only available via phone. Also, please mention that you are interested in purchasing a Trojans JetPack flight.

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2016 Fall Camp #14: Notes

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After a frustrating scrimmage on Monday, the Trojans were all business this afternoon on the practice field.
  • Head coach Clay Helton's injury report: LB Quinton Powell (strained neck), C Cole Smith (stomach bug), S Ykili Ross (stomach bug), TE Taylor McNamara (shoulder), OG Damien Mama (ankle), OT Chad Wheeler (PRP injection in his foot for plantar fasciitis) and DT Noah Jefferson (participating in individual drills).
  • USC_Football_fall_camp_mcgillen_081516_MCG2612.JPGOn the healthy report now, Helton praised WR Jalen Greene (pictured) to the team and the media for "acting like a pro" by rehabbing his hamstring injury and taking advantage of minimal opportunities. Greene made acrobatic touchdown catches in each of the last two practices.
  • Johnny Nansen has made the switch from running backs coach to linebackers coach, which is like being "back home" for the former Washington State linebacker. With his unit, he wants to "develop an identity and develop confidence in the kids." To do that, he has to "keep things simple so they can play a lot faster," which is made much easier by defensive coordinator Clancy Pendergast's scheme.
  • Sophomore Cameron Smith is the only linebacker with extensive starting experience, and he's returning from a knee injury. "He's getting there," said Nansen, who moved Smith back with the first team for the first time during Fall Camp today. "Two weeks from now, I think he'll be full speed, but we're trying to make sure he gets to the game."
  • Even a step slow, Smith always seems a step ahead because of his knowledge and instincts. He is also an indispensable leader at the Mike position for a young front seven. "Cameron is that natural leader in the middle, but it's nice to have the other guys come along and be leaders too," said Nansen, who pointed out the growth of OLB Porter Gustin, OLB Uchenna Nwosu and ILB Michael Hutchings.
  • LB Osa Masina was hampered by nagging injuries throughout his freshman season, but he is a big time talent who is expected to play a significant role this season. "He's coming along," said Nansen about Masina. "We've just got to push him. It's about confidence."
  • The entire defense is growing in confidence, which is starting to give the offense headaches. However, Max Browne bounced back and performed much better than Monday's scrimmage. "It's what you expect as a coach," said Helton about Browne's resilience. "That's what experienced quarterbacks do."
  • The quarterback dilemma will be solved this weekend. Until then, Helton spends "every second" calculating stats from practice and watching film to "make the right decision for our football team" at the most valuable position.
  • The Trojans will not be as dependent on true freshmen this season with the increased roster numbers, but WR Michael Pittman Jr., WR Tyler Vaughns, OLB Jordan Iosefa and OLB Connor Murphy are all standing out to Helton lately as potential contributors.
  • On another steamy afternoon, Helton treated the team to some shaved ice after practice. 
  • Here is Helton's entire press conference:



Lucky Seven

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USC women's volleyball, the reigning Pac-12 champions, start the 2016 season ranked No. 7 in the country by the American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA).

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The Women of Troy will begin the defense of their conference crown on August 26 at the Galen Center as the host of the USC Baden Invitational. Over two days, the Trojans will play three matches, opening against Marquette before an August 27 day-night doubleheader with Santa Clara and UC Irvine.

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Photo Gallery: Fall Camp #13

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The Trojans held a 75-play scrimmage at the Coliseum on Monday, and John McGillen was there to capture the action for you:

Buongiorno, Basketballers

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USC women's basketball is currently on a trip to Italy to compete against international teams. In their first three days, they visited Milan, Como, Bellagio and Venice, before traveling to Costa Masnaga to face a German squad, TK Hanover.

Check out the Trojans' video blog of their adventures in Italy so far:

Meet Michael Pittman Jr.

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USC_Football_Fall_Camp_2_080516_mcgillen_DSC8403.jpgName: Michael Pittman Jr.

Position: WR

Class: Freshman

Size: 6-foot-4, 210 pounds

Age: 18

High School: Oaks Christian (Woodland Hills, CA)

Game: The Bakersfield native can thank good genes for his imposing size and speed. His father, Michael Pittman Sr., was a Super Bowl-winning running back who spent 11 years in the NFL with the Cardinals, Buccaneers and Broncos. The son has chosen to play on the outside, but he brings the same physicality to the game.

Prep Career: Pittman Jr. had 81 receptions for 1,990 yards and 24 TD in his senior year at Oaks Christian, earning honors such as 2015 Parade All-American first team, Max Preps All-American first team, USA Today All-California Offensive Player of the Year, Los Angeles Daily News Player of the Year, and more. He also had 31 tackles, an interception and a deflection, 17 kickoff returns for 477 yards (28.1 avg) with 1 TD and 14 punt returns for 148 yards (10.6 avg).

Clay Helton on Pittman Jr.: "I'm so impressed with Mike's physical strength. To be a 207-, 209-pound man to run like he does like a wideout --- you've got to remember, he was a defensive player in high school also, and he plays with a defensive mentality at the wide receiver position. We always say, 'The ball is mine.' Well he acts it --- I mean, he attacks the ball."

Fun Fact: In his final game for Oaks Christian, Pittman Jr. caught 16 passes for 354 yards and 5 TD.

Here is Pittman Jr. on what he's working on in Fall Camp, and more...

Help Has Arrived

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Signinday_Basketball_Buggs2.jpgWith the departures of Nikola Jovanovic and Darion Clark, USC men's basketball needed help in the front court, and it arrived in the form of Minnesota grad transfer Charles Buggs. The fifth-year senior will be immediately eligible for the 2016-17 season, his one and only as a Trojan.

"I chose USC because of its academic excellence," said Buggs. "Secondly, I chose USC for its great heritage of athletic achievements. The USC basketball team has had great success in the past and has great coaches to help develop and bring the most out of their players. I'm looking forward to attending and becoming part of the Trojan Family."

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Buggs played in 28 games and made 21 starts for the Golden Gophers during the 2015-16 season, averaging 5.9 points and 2.9 rebounds. He was second on the team in field goal percentage (.462), third in free throw percentage (.769), third in blocks (14) and fourth in three-pointers made (23).

Silver for Our Sprinter

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On Monday evening, USC alum Allyson Felix took second place in one of the most dramatic races of Rio 2016 so far. Her silver medal in the 400m made Felix the most decorated female Olympic track athlete in U.S. history.

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Felix cruised down the stretch and looked like she had caught up to the leader of the pack --- the Bahamas' Shaunae Miller --- but Miller stumbled and fell across the finish line, besting Felix by .07 seconds.

The silver is Felix's seventh Olympic medal, breaking her tie with Jackie Joyner-Kersee for most track & field medals ever by an American woman. Her medal brings USC's medal count to eight (three gold, three silver, two bronze) at Rio 2016.

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Next up for Felix: the 4x400 relay heats on Friday at 4:40 p.m. PT.

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2016 Fall Camp #13: Notes

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On the second half of a two-a-day, USC engaged in a 75-play scrimmage.
  • The best news from the scrimmage was that no one got hurt. Head coach Clay Helton reported zero injuries. Also, DT Noah Jefferson (back) is improving and did a lot of work in the morning practice.
  • USC_Football_fall_camp_mcgillen_081516_DSC4290.JPGHowever, Helton was not overjoyed by his team's execution. The coaches backed away a little to see which players were prepared and who needed more time in the playbook. "Reality day," Helton called it.
  • Early in practice, QB Max Browne threw three passes that ended up in defenders' arms, albeit two of them were on drops, but Helton was impressed with how he bounced back from disappointment. "He did some really nice things late, I thought, especially in the red zone and in the two-minute drive," said Helton about his veteran QB. "It's how you react from it."
  • Overall though, the offense struggled to move the ball for the first half of practice and penalty flags piled up. "As you can see, we started off slow, Coach Helton, JuJu [Smith-Schuster], [Darreus Rogers], the leaders of the pack spoke on it," said sophomore WR Deontay Burnett. "We had to spark our energy."
  • Burnett provided a lift in the passing game. "You can really see how he's matured," said Helton, who credited Burnett with two touchdowns today. "He really played like a vet player, not like a young kid."
  • Coming in as a blueshirt and needing to add weight, Burnett was not expected to do much, but he worked his way onto the field and has never looked back. "My mindset going into this camp is compete every day just like my freshman year," he said. "My freshman year I believed that I would play because I compete, and I knew if I put in hard work that good things would come. And it's going to continue until I leave this place. I love USC. This has been my dream school, so I'll fight and work hard every day that I can."
  • Helton also praised sophomore RB Ronald Jones II, who is "starting to become a complete back on every down."
  • As the offense found its rhythm late in practice, QB Sam Darnold made a big play down the field to freshman WR Velus Jones Jr. for a long touchdown.
  • On the defensive side, Adoree' Jackson reeled in another interception, which of course, he took back for six. "Adoree' Jackson is getting in prime form," said Helton. After working him back slowly from track season, he is able to practice fully now without limitation.
  • Here is Helton after practice: