Freaky Freshman

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Written by Caroline Deisley, USC blog contributor

The PAC-12 released its annual conference awards on Tuesday with the regular season now complete. USC freshman Adoree' Jackson received the Freshman Defensive Player of the Year award after putting up mind-blowing numbers in his rookie season. The young corner had 42 tackles on the year including four for loss while also forcing a fumble and breaking up nine passes. 

The most celebrated signee of USC's 2014 recruiting class, Adoree' Jackson has surpassed the highest of expectations. The freshman phenom immediately contributed on all three sides of the ball: offense, defense and special teams. On offense, he had seven receptions for 65 yards including two touchdowns. On special teams, he averaged 27.7 yards per kickoff return including a 100-yard kickoff return for a touchdown against Utah, earning him PAC-12 Special Teams Player of the Week. 

The Trojans' defensive backfield was an area of concern going into the season, but Jackson emerged as the team's most reliable corner. The defense's dependency on Jackson limited his ability to contribute as much offensively. In fact, after being named a defensive starter against Arizona State on October 4th, the freshman did not see another play on offense until November 13 against Cal. 

Jackson scored in USC's season opener against Fresno State much to the delight of the Trojan faithful, but he would not reach the end zone again until the regular season finale at the Coliseum against Notre Dame. The versatile freshman started on both offense and defense against the Fighting Irish - the first Trojan to do so since at least the late 60s. 

Not only has the freshman immediately made an impact on the football field, but he will also take his talents and insane athletic ability to the sand pit, competing as a long jumper for the USC track & field team in the spring.


#IAmUnbroken - Ricky Rosas

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As the countdown continues to the Christmas release of Unbroken, the feature film telling the life story of USC's iconic war hero Louis Zamperini, here is part four in our #IAmUnbroken video series featuring Ricky Rosas. The USC super fan beat pediatric cancer to live a life filled with joy and positivity.

Click here to submit your #IAmUnbroken story of courage.

In addition, USC is raising money to endow a track and field scholarship in Zamperini's name.

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Here is Rosas' message of hope:


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With one last chance to play in front of the Coliseum faithful in 2014, the Trojans put on a show to remember honoring the seniors and the fans with a 49-14 dusting of Notre Dame.

Here is an UNFILTERED look:

Sarkisian Q&A: Notre Dame Recap

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In his final Q&A of the regular season, head coach Steve Sarkisian looked back at the big win over Notre Dame and ahead to the young talent in this program coming of age.

Cyber Monday: USC Watches

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On this day of deals, the Trojan Family can get 25% off USC branded Rockwell Watches using the promo code: TrojansHoliday2014 now through Christmas. 

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Volley Digs Out Tourney Bid

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USC women's volleyball picked up a 24th consecutive invitation to the NCAA Tournament, which will begin Friday for the Women of Troy in Chapel Hill against Coastal Carolina. The winner will advance to play either No. 7 North Carolina or Hampton.

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The Trojans finished the regular season 15-15 overall and 8-12 in the Pac-12 after splitting last week's matches by winning at Arizona and losing at UCLA. Sophomore libero Taylor Whittingham (pictured), who was named the Pac-12 Defensive Player of the Week, led the effort against the Wildcats with a career-high 33 digs.


Ford Trojan of the Game: Cody Kessler

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USC QB Cody Kessler was named the Pac-12 Offensive Player of the Week for the third time this season.  The junior became the first player ever to throw six touchdown passes in a game against Notre Dame.

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Kessler finished the season with a remarkable 36 touchdown passes to only four interceptions. He ranks fourth nationally in passer efficiency rating (168.8).


Trojans Play In

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No. 3 USC men's water polo took care of business against No. 6 Whittier on Saturday to advance to the NCAA Final Four for the 10th straight season in pursuit of a seventh consecutive national championship. Senior Kostas Genidounias started the scoring in the 19-4 win with his 255th career goal, which moved him into first place on the all-time USC scoring list.

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The Trojans will take on No. 2 Stanford in the national semifinals on Saturday at 3:10 p.m. in La Jolla (hosted by UC San Diego). The Cardinal have defeated USC in both meetings this season.


Trojans Avoid The Pit

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USC men's basketball went into The Pit on Sunday and came out with a quality road win over Mountain West power New Mexico.  The Trojans defeated the Lobos, a program that made the NCAA Tournament in each of the last three seasons, 66-54 thanks to a dominant effort inside from Darion Clark (12 points and 11 rebounds) and Nikola Jovanovic (10 points and 16 rebounds) who have each posted double-doubles in back-to-back games.

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Andy Enfield's young team had no shortage of heroes including freshman PG Jordan McLaughlin, who dished out seven assists to only one turnover, and freshman SG Elijah Stewart, who scored a career-high 11 points on 3/6 from three.

USC is now 4-3 on the season with a home game against Loyola Marymount due up next at Galen Center on Wednesday at 7 p.m.

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Here are the SnappyTV highlights including a SportsCenter Top 10 worthy alley-oop from McLaughlin to Julian Jacobs:

McGillen Galleries: USC vs. Notre Dame

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Enjoy another look at USC's blowout win over Notre Dame through John McGillen's photography in three separate galleries.