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#USCtotheNFL in 2016

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This Thursday, the 2016 NFL season kicks off, and 36 Trojans will be represented on active rosters.

USC has eight linebackers, four tight ends, four QBs, four cornerbacks, three wide receivers, three centers, two defensive ends, two defensive tackles, two running backs, two offensive tackles and one safety on active rosters.

The Trojans on active NFL rosters are spread across 23 different teams. The Buffalo Bills have the most Trojans of any NFL squad (four), while the Vikings are right behind, with three.

In addition to the the 36 Trojans on active rosters, three USC products are also on practice squads, two are on injured reserve and one is suspended, for a total of 42 USC alumni in the league.

Carson Palmer is the most seasoned Trojan in the NFL, currently entering his 14th season. Meanwhile, four Trojans are set to embark upon their rookie seasons: Su'a Cravens, Cody Kessler, Kevon Seymour and Max Tuerk.

USC also has many NFL head coaching connections, highlighted by Chuck Pagano (Colts), Jeff Fisher (Rams), Pete Carroll (Seahawks) and Jack Del Rio (Raiders).

Here are your 2016 USC alums on opening day NFL rosters...

ACTIVE ROSTER
sua.jpgQB Carson Palmer (Arizona Cardinals)
DT Frostee Rucker (Arizona Cardinals)
RB Javorius "Buck" Allen (Baltimore Ravens)
CB Shareece Wright (Baltimore Ravens)
RB Reggie Bush (Buffalo Bills)*
CB Nickell Robey-Coleman (Buffalo Bills)
CB Kevon Seymour (Buffalo Bills)
WR Robert Woods (Buffalo Bills)
C Ryan Kalil (Carolina Panthers)
LB Rey Maualuga (Cincinnati Bengals)
CB Josh Shaw (Cincinnati Bengals)
QB Cody Kessler (pictured; Cleveland Browns)
TE Randall Telfer (Cleveland Browns)
QB Mark Sanchez (Dallas Cowboys)
OT Tyron Smith (Dallas Cowboys)
LB Clay Matthews (Green Bay Packers)
LB Nick Perry (Green Bay Packers)
LB Brian Cushing (Houston Texans)
S T.J. McDonald (Los Angeles Rams)
WR Marqise Lee (Jacksonville Jaguars)
cody.jpgLB Hayes Pullard (Jacksonville Jaguars)
TE Jordan Cameron (Miami Dolphins)
TE Rhett Ellison (Minnesota Vikings)
DE Everson Griffen (Minnesota Vikings)
OT Matt Kalil (Minnesota Vikings)
LB Devon Kennard (New York Giants)
DE Leonard Williams (New York Jets)
LB Malcolm Smith (Oakland Raiders)
WR Nelson Agholor (Philadelphia Eagles)
TE Xavier Grimble (Pittsburgh Steelers)
C Max Tuerk (San Diego Chargers)
C Marcus Martin (San Francisco 49ers)
LB Mike Morgan (Seattle Seahawks)
DT Jurrell Casey (Tennessee Titans)
QB Matt Cassel (Tennessee Titans)
S/LB Su'a Cravens (pictured; Washington Redskins)

PRACTICE SQUAD
QB Matt Barkley (Chicago Bears)
DE Claude Pelon (New York Jets)
NT Antwaun Woods (Tennessee Titans)

RESERVE/INJURED
FB Soma Vainuku (Houston Texans)
RB Tre Madden (Seattle Seahawks)

SUSPENDED

RB Silas Redd Jr. (Washington Redskins)

*Pursuant to the NCAA/COI report of 6/10/10, USC was directed to disassociate itself from Reggie Bush.

State of Troy: September 2016

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Each month, we interview USC Athletic Director Lynn Swann to get his take on the hot topics around Heritage Hall.

Swann on the Alabama game...

USC_Football_Bama_mcgillen_LRDSC_6199.JPGOne game, especially the first game, does not make a season and does not break a season. Everyone in the Trojan Family would have liked to have been on the right side of an upset win over the No. 1 team in the country, but we are a better football team than the score indicated. The lopsidedness of the score was an indication of a few mistakes, broken assignments and playing against an extremely talented and deep football team. We can correct those mistakes. Most teams in college football make their greatest improvement between the first and third games of the season. We are looking for a lot of improvement in terms of assignments, not making mistakes and playing better football in the second game of the season against Utah State. I think we are a much better football team than we showed Saturday. Our ultimate goal is to win the Pac-12 and have a chance to be in the Rose Bowl. All other things come as a result of achieving that goal.

Swann on the fighting spirit needed by all Trojans...

What we do and what we say is 'Fight On' and that's exactly what we do in the next game. You pick your head up and learn from the mistakes. You find the resolve to come back and play the next week. We always learn more from the difficult things we endure in life than the easy wins. We celebrate the victories, but we learn from the mistakes. As a demonstration of that mindset, every Friday here is 'Fight On Friday', so wear your Cardinal and Gold proudly. Come support all our teams and show your Trojan pride wherever you are.

Click here for tickets to USC vs. Utah State at the Coliseum.

Swann on women's soccer and women's volleyball bouncing back with winning weeks...

I watched the women's soccer team play earlier this year, and they looked extraordinary solid and talented. They are working on a few bugs to be a more cohesive team and a unit, but there's some remarkable talent out there. They have a great opportunity this week to host a Top 10 North Carolina team on Sunday (1 p.m.) at McAlister Field. And later this season, the Women of Troy will play a showcase game against UCLA at StubHub Center. Women's volleyball got off to a slow start, trying to replace some key players from last season. They have some young players who will have the chance to stand up and fight and do well. They have begun that process.

Click here for tickets to USC vs. UCLA at StubHub Center.

USC_Womens_soccer_pepperdine_mcgillen_082816_DSC_5171.JPGSwann on No. 2 men's water polo and head coach Jovan Vavic...

Jovan has a great record and a unique style. He is very forthright and honest about his approach with the student-athletes. They have responded, obviously by their record, extraordinarily well. He is a demanding coach and his players have a huge track record to live up to and they don't shy away from it. You have got to admire that. He will continue to press and to push to get the most out of the young men and women who are under his charge. And, I look for him to continue to be successful.

Swann on the Los Angeles Rams' season starting...

It is a growing relationship between USC and the Rams. In general, there are different crowds going to each game, so everyone needs to be aware that there will be more traffic and activity around campus on NFL game days. Plus, along with the Rams, we have introduced new security measures this season, including metal detectors and a clear bag policy.

Click here for more on the new safety measures.

Swann on appreciating the life of a student-athlete...

Our student-athletes are extraordinarily busy. I get in the John McKay Center to work out at 5:30 a.m. and there are always student-athletes already training and starting their day. The dedication is impressive. You couple that with a full class load and participating in campus activities like fraternities and sororities and organizations, the daily schedule gets pretty stretched.

Showcase Setting for Classic Rivalry

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USC women's soccer will host its annual showdown with UCLA at the StubHub Center on November 4 at 7 p.m. PT. The Women of Troy are expecting thousands of fans to turn up for what could be a massive match-up between two contending teams with the city title on the line.

Click here for tickets!

Tickets are only $10, and groups and students can purchase them for $5 apiece. Please call 213-740-GOSC for more information. Parking will be an additional $15.

StubHub Center is the home of the Los Angeles Galaxy and one of the city's best showcase stadiums for soccer. The match will be part of USC's Homecoming festivities, which include a home football game against Oregon the next day.

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Trojans Live: Utah State Preview

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No shortage of topics for week two of Trojans Live as 1981 Heisman-winner Marcus Allen, head coach Clay Helton, senior captain Michael Hutchings and two-time Olympic gold medalist Kami Craig joined the show.

Helton talked about his "mad" football team which had just come off the practice field after a scrappy Tuesday night session.

Click here for Helton on the Alabama loss.

Click here for Helton on the challenge ahead.

Hutchings provided insight into the state of the locker room, the revamped defense and the mistakes that need to be avoided going forward,

Click here for Hutchings' interview.

Craig showed off her latest gold medal and explained how Team USA has become dominant in women's water polo.

Click here for Craig's interview.

To start off the show, Allen provided perspective as only he can as perhaps the greatest Trojan of them all.


Utah State Tuesday: Notes

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The Trojans put their heads down and worked on Tuesday in preparation for their home opener against Utah State.
  • USC_Football_Bama_mcgillen_LRDSC_1047.JPGA few players got banged up in the Alabama game and were out or limited in practice today. Here's the full injury report, per USC head coach Clay Helton: DE Noah Jefferson (shoulder sprain), LB Quinton Powell (illness), TE Taylor McNamara (ankle), DT Khaliel Rodgers (hamstring), C Toa Lobendahn (knee swelling).
  • Freshman DB Jamel Cook practiced in pads for the first time as a Trojan today, participating for about 30 minutes.
  • Helton announced that LBs Osa Masina and Don Hill will not play in Saturday's game.
  • Helton characterized today's practice as "ultra-competitive" and called the Trojans "a mad football team" following their 52-6 loss to Alabama.
  • RT Zach Banner (pictured) agreed that today's practice was especially intense, and noted that the team immediately got back to work following the loss. "Everyone was here getting the extra lift in on Sunday, rather than waiting until Monday," Banner said. "We had almost 70 players lifting Sunday afternoon and then after that, watching film and getting dinner together and being around each other. Loving up on each other, getting ready to come out this week."
  • Banner mentioned that this is the closest he's ever seen the team. "We're a family. We're close-knit," he said. "And that's a reflection of our head coach."
  • Helton acknowledged that against Alabama, the team had issues with giving up big plays on defense and missing assignments on offense, but that one of the most important fixes the team would have to make is controlling a quarterback run-driven offense. Helton praised Utah State's Kent Myers as a dual-threat QB who has runs designed for him but can also create plays for himself.
  • Justin Davis will look to have a big day running the ball against Utah State, and believes that his coaches and his offensive line will help make that happen. "The run game --- that's the thing that ultimately gets our offense running," he said. "We're run first, and we've got the guys up front to do it."
  • Here is Helton's full press conference:

Powerful Opener for Polo

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USC men's water polo opened its 2016 campaign with two impressive wins in the Triton Invitational in La Jolla, CA on Saturday.

The Trojans, ranked No. 2 in the nation, topped No. 8 UC Irvine, 14-3, and No. 17 Cal Baptist, 16-3. In both games, USC jumped out to an insurmountable halftime lead --- 9-1 in the first game, and 9-0 in the second.

Junior driver Matteo Morelli led the way with five goals over the weekend, while junior McQuin Baron, a 2015 All-American second team selection, posted 10 saves in the cage.

The Trojans are now focused on their home opener against No. 6 Santa Barbara on Saturday at 9 a.m.

Coliseum Security Changes

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This year, the Coliseum is implementing new security measures for USC football games.

Most notably, guests will only be permitted to bring clear bags or small clutch bags into the stadium. The goal of this policy is to expedite the bag checking process for those entering the Coliseum.

A new secure perimeter fence around the stadium has been constructed, where security personnel will check for prohibited items or bags before guests reach the entry gates. Note that the erection of this fence, along with the construction in Exposition Park, means that there is no longer space to tailgate by Gates 4, 16 and 19.

In addition to the new bag policy, all guests must now walk through metal detectors upon entering the stadium.

For more information on the bag policy, click here.

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Kickin' It With Keidane - Week 3

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USC women's soccer came away with two shutout wins this weekend, helping the team get back on track after a couple tough losses.

Head coach Keidane McAlpine, an Alabama native, praised goalkeeper Sammy Jo Prudhomme for her 17 saves in the Auburn Soccer Classic, and expressed his excitement for the team's home opener on Friday.

Watch the third episode of Kickin' It with Keidane here:

Prudhomme the Playmaker

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USC women's soccer's Sammy Jo Prudhomme earned Pac-12 Goalkeeper of the Week honors thanks to her 17 saves over the weekend.

Prudhomme was named the Co-MVP of the Auburn Soccer Classic, helping the Trojans beat Georgia, 3-0, and Auburn, 2-0. She posted a career-high nine saves against the Bulldogs, and followed it up with eight saves against the Tigers.

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Volleyball Bounces Back

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After getting swept in its season-opening tournament, USC's women's volleyball went 3-0 this weekend to get back on track. The Women of Troy topped Kentucky, Northern Iowa and Creighton to win the USC Radisson Invitational.

USC swept No. 23 Kentucky on Friday to earn its first win of the season. Freshman outside hitter Khalia Lanier finished with a match-high 13 kills to open an impressive tournament showing.

Lanier also led the way with 16 kills in USC's win over Northern Iowa on Saturday. The Trojans topped the Panthers in four hard-fought sets.

USC was tested in its final match of the weekend against No. 22 Creighton, and showed resilience in a five-set victory. After another outstanding performance (21 kills, 17 digs, 2 service aces, 2 blocks), Lanier was named the tournament MVP.

The Trojans hit the road for the Rice Adidas Invitational this weekend, where they hope to keep their winning streak alive.