2014 NFL Week 10

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Best of the Week

Mark Sanchez, QB, Eagles - 20/37 for 332 yards and 2 TDs

Sanchez-Eagles.jpgIn his first start since 2012, Sanchez lit up the Carolina Panthers on Monday Night Football.  He looked confident running Chip Kelly's system to the tune of a 102.5 passer rating.  For the first time in his career, Sanchez threw for at least 300 yards with multiple TD passes and no turnovers in a start.  The birthday boy, who turns 28 today, celebrated with some late night cheesesteaks. He is loving life in Philadelphia. "It was an incredible feeling," he told the NY Daily News. "It's been too long."

Best of the Rest

Clay Matthews, LB, Packers - 11 tackles (9 solo) including two for loss and a sack

T.J. McDonald, S, Rams - Game-high 9 solo tackles including three for loss and a sack

Robert Woods, WR, Bills - 6 catches for 52 yards

Jurrell Casey, DT, Titans - 6 tackles (2 solo) including one for loss

Frostee Rucker, DE, Cardinals - 3 solo tackles

Carson Palmer, QB, Cardinals - 25/36 for 241 yards before tearing his ACL

Triumphant Trojans

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On Sunday, the unstoppable men's tennis duo of Yannick Hanfmann and Robert Quiroz won USC's first doubles title at the ITA National Indoor Championships since 1992. The Trojan pair, ranked 19th in the nation, took down the second ranked tandem from Illinois (6-3, 7-5) to claim their historic title.

Click here for the complete recap.

Meet Darion Clark

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USC men's basketball tips off the 2014-15 season Saturday night (7:30 p.m.) at Galen Center against Portland State.

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As we countdown to tip-off this week, we are introducing the Trojan Family to the six new players (four freshmen and two sophomore transfers) who will make up a large chunk of Andy Enfield's rotation.

Today, meet redshirt sophomore forward Darion Clark, a transfer from Charlotte, who will be the physical presence inside for the Trojans.

Trojans Live - Cal Week

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2004 Heisman Trophy winner Matt Leinart and 2014 "potential candidate" Buck Allen headline tonight's Trojans Live at The Lab starting at 6 p.m. PT.  Head coach Steve Sarkisian will start the show by previewing the Thursday night game against Cal, and we'll hear from sand volleyball national champion Sara Hughes.

Click here to watch the live stream.

Trojans Live is a one hour radio show hosted by John Jackson and Jordan Moore every Tuesday at 6 p.m. on The Beast 980 AM. Fans are encouraged to come down to The Lab on Figueroa to meet the in-person guests and enjoy Happy Hour specials.


Meet Alexis Lloyd

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Written by Caroline Deisley, USC blog contributor

Name: Alexis Lloyd

Position: Guard

Class: Redshirt Sophomore

Size: 5-foot-10

Age: 20

High School: Whitney Young (Chicago, IL)

Game: The strongest part of Lloyd's game is certainly her defense, but look for the transfer to help offensively in whatever way she can. The 5-foot-10 guard is extremely versatile as she's able to score from beyond the arc, but also post up in the paint as well. 

Prep Career: Lloyd was recruited as a four-star, Top 100 recruit from the No. 3 high school basketball team in the country. She led the team to an undefeated record and the state title before attending Virginia Tech in 2012. As a Hokie, Lloyd played in 28 games with one start against North Carolina State. Her best game came against the No. 16 ranked North Carolina Tar Heels when she scored a career-high 11 points.  

To quote Lloyd: "The transition is very different. I was a transfer and also injured last year so I'm kind of getting a feel of being on the court and getting in game situations."

Here is Alexis Lloyd with our Caroline Deisley...

#IAmUnbroken - Bryshon Nellum

On this Veterans Day, we not only thank all the courageous veterans for their service, but we are also honoring USC's iconic war hero Louis Zamperini with our #IAmUnbroken series. In association with the feature film Unbroken set to be released this Christmas, everyone is encouraged to share their stories at

In the first of four videos by Trojans, Bryshon Nellum shares his courageous story about overcoming gunshot wounds to both his legs to win an Olympic silver medal.

Cal Tuesday: Steve Sarkisian Presser

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In the head coach's final presser before the Trojans host the Bears on Thursday night, Steve Sarkisian updated the media on the status of some of USC's injured players. FB Soma Vainuku looks to be ready to go on Thursday, however, Sarkisian said he is unsure to what degree he will contribute. S John Plattenburg's status remains day-to-day after suffering a thigh contusion and the coaching staff will continue to evaluate his status over the next 48 hours.

Here is Sarkisian's full presser...

Meet Jordan McLaughlin

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USC men's basketball tips off the 2014-15 season Saturday night (7:30 p.m.) at Galen Center against Portland State.

Click here for tickets!

As we countdown to tip-off this week, we are introducing the Trojan Family to the six new players (four freshmen and two sophomore transfers) who will make up a large chunk of Andy Enfield's rotation. 

First up, meet freshman point guard Jordan McLaughlin (6-foot-1 and 170 pounds) who was widely considered the best 2014 point guard on the West Coast.

Soccer Ready to Dance

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USC women's soccer earned an at-large berth into the NCAA Tournament today making the Big Dance for the first time since 2010.  The Women of Troy finished the regular season 12-6-2 under first year head coach Keidane McAlpine.

USC will make the short trip to Malibu this Saturday to face No. 4 Pepperdine in the first round.  The Waves defeated the Trojans 2-1 in September.

Here is the team's reaction to being selected:

Kessler Named Unitas Finalist

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Redshirt junior QB Cody Kessler was named one of five finalists for the Johnny Unitas Golden Arm Award given annually to the top quarterback in the country.  Kessler is among the most elite company joining Marcus Mariota (Oregon), Brett Hundley (UCLA), Dak Prescott (Mississippi St.) and Bryce Petty (Baylor) as finalists.

The second year starter made it a stated goal this spring to be considered among the nation's best passers, and he has backed up his words with record-setting numbers on the field this fall.  He is fourth nationally in completion percentage (69.7%), eighth in passing TDs (25) and 4th in passer rating (168.2).

Kessler is quickly tearing up the USC record books setting the single-game mark with 7 TDs against Colorado.  He is also on pace to break the single-season completion percentage (Matt Barkley, 69.1%) and passer rating (Mark Sanchez, 164.6) school records.

He has a remarkable 25 TDs to only 2 INTs, which is the second best TD to INT ratio in the country.  And, no one has thrown as many passes this season with only 2 INTs as Kessler.

Kessler's performance against top competition only improves compared to other quarterbacks.  His 164.7 passer rating vs. Power 5 opponents ranks second nationally.