One Down

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Aiming to improve on last year's losing season, the USC men's volleyball team opened 2017 up with a 3-1 win over Concordia last night.

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Freshman OH Aaron Strange made a statement in his debut as a Trojan, racking up 13 kills and hitting .667 with only 1 hitting error in 18 swings.

USC came from behind to win the first set, 30-28, but dropped the second set, 23-25, before hitting its stride and winning the last two sets, 25-13 and 25-18 to earn the 29th season-opening win in program history.

The win marks an immediate improvement from last season, when the Trojans under first-year head coach Jeff Nygaard opened up the season with six straight losses.

The Trojans also got big contributions from Lucas Yoder (9 kills, 5 digs), Andy Benesh (6 blocks) and Gert Lisha (3 aces).

USC has no time to celebrate, as the team heads straight to Columbus, OH for the AVCA Showcase Big Ten/Pac-12 Challenge. The Trojans face defending national champion Ohio State on Friday before taking on Penn State the next day.

The tournament will be a huge step in determining how far the team has come since going 7-19 last year.

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Boselli Breaks Through

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USC two-time All-American and College Football Hall of Famer Tony Boselli was named a finalist for the Pro Football Hall of Fame Class of 2017 yesterday.

Boselli, who played offensive tackle at USC from 1991-94, was the first player ever drafted by the Jacksonville Jaguars, when they selected him No. 2 overall in 1995. In his seven seasons with the Jaguars, he made three All-Pro teams and five Pro Bowls.

This is Boselli's first time as a finalist, after having made the semifinals for Hall of Fame induction last season. Should Boselli make the final cut this year, he would join USC's 12 other representatives in the Pro Football Hall of Fame. Only Notre Dame, with 13, has more.

The Pro Football Hall of Fame Class of 2017 will be announced one month from today.

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Coach 'Em Up

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USC_FOOTBALL_SPRING_BALL_031216_MCGILLEN_7363.jpgUSC quarterbacks coach and pass game coordinator Tyson Helton earned Football Scoop's Quarterbacks Coach of the Year Award, the organization announced yesterday.

In his first season at USC, Helton helped take Sam Darnold from a backup to a Rose Bowl MVP.

In Darnold's debut season, he went 9-1 as a starter and racked up 3,086 yards, 31 TD and a 161.1 passer rating, which ranked ninth in the nation. His 67.2 completion percentage, meanwhile, ranked No. 10 in the country. Nineteen-year-old Darnold was named a semifinalist for the Davey O'Brien Award and a finalist for the Manning Award. This week, he set Rose Bowl Game records for pass TD (5) and total offense (473 yards) and led the Trojans to a 52-49 win in their season finale.

Under Helton's guidance, the QB spread the ball out, hitting 10 different players for touchdowns. Helton made a name for himself at Western Kentucky by utilizing tight ends, and USC's Daniel Imatorbhebhe, Tyler Petite and Taylor McNamara combined for seven scores themselves this year.

This is Helton's first QB Coach of the Year Award, after being named a finalist last year.

AP All-Bowl Team

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USC had more players honored on the AP's All-Bowl First Team than any other school thanks to the performances of QB Sam Darnold, WR Deontay Burnett and S Leon McQuay III (pictured) in the Rose Bowl Game. Two more Trojans, RT Zach Banner and PK Matt Boermeester, earned honorable mention.

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360-Degree Rose Bowl Photo

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Were you one of the lucky fans to attend the 103rd annual Rose Bowl Game? Did you have a friend in the house for the instant classic?

If so, click here to find, tag and share yourself or a friend in the 360-degree photo taken right before kickoff. You can also purchase a commemorative panorama from USC's 25th Rose Bowl victory.


2016 #USCtotheNFL Week 17

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The NFL regular season is over, and a number of Trojans are looking ahead to the playoffs. As 2016 season statistics were finalized, many USC products came out on top in important team categories. Robert Woods led the Bills in receiving yards (613), while both Matt Barkley and Cody Kessler led their teams in passing yards and TD. Nick Perry led the Packers and finished in the NFL's Top 10 with 11 sacks. Leonard Williams led the Jets in sacks (7) as well and was named the youngest MVP in team history.

jurrellcasey-nfl.jpgThe Best

Titans team captain Jurrell Casey brought his A game in Tennessee's season finale, racking up 6 tackles, 2 sacks and 1 pass defended. He finishes the season with 44 tackles, 5 sacks, 18 QB hits, 8 tackles for loss and 5 passes defended. The Titans' season is over, but Casey will play in the Pro Bowl and is still in the running for the NFL's Walter Payton Man of the Year Award. Vote for him by using the #CaseyWPMOYChallenge hashtag on social media!

The Best of the Rest

Shareece Wright, CB, Ravens - 4 tackles

Josh Shaw, CB, Bengals - 2 tackles

Marqise Lee, WR, Jaguars - 6 receptions for a team-high 86 yards

Matt Barkley, QB, Bears - 125 pass yards plus 1 receiving TD

Everson Griffen, DE, Vikings - 3 tackles, 1 fumble recovery

Robert Woods, WR, Bills - 4 receptions for 43 yards

Nickell Robey-Coleman, CB, Bills - 3 tackles, 1 pass defended

Kevon Seymour, CB, Bills - 2 tackles

Leonard Williams, DE, Jets - 2 tackles

Mark Sanchez, QB, Cowboys - 85 pass yards

Matt Cassel, QB, Titans - 150 yards, 1 pass TD

Antwaun Woods, DT, Titans - 3 tackles in his NFL debut

Malcolm Smith, LB, Raiders - Game-high 12 tackles

Carson Palmer, QB, Cardinals - 255 yards, 3 TD

T.J. McDonald, S, Rams - 5 tackles, 1 TFL, 1 INT

Devon Kennard, LB, Giants - 2 tackles

Nick Perry, LB, Packers - 2 tackles, 1 sack, 2 QB hits

Clay Matthews, LB, Packers - 1 TFL, 1 pass defended

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SooHoo Galleries: USC vs. Penn State

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The 103rd annual Rose Bowl Game was so momentous that we needed two photographers to capture every angle. Team photographer John McGillen's photos are below, while you can view three galleries from legendary Los Angeles sports photographer Jon SooHoo here.

McGillen Galleries: 103rd Annual Rose Bowl Game

Though they arrived at the Rose Bowl Stadium cool, calm and collected, the Trojans couldn't hide their emotion after winning their 25th Rose Bowl Game in stunning come-from-behind fashion. USC team photographer John McGillen was on the field to capture every second of the record-setting win.

Rose Bowl Trojan of the Game: Sam Darnold

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The Trojan Family voted USC QB Sam Darnold the Mercury Insurance Trojan of the Game for his record-setting performance in the 2017 Rose Bowl Game. The redshirt freshman passed for 453 yards and 5 touchdowns in USC's 52-49 victory over Penn State.


Championship Gear

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