2015 NFL Draft: Nelson Agholor

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USC WR Nelson Agholor was selected 20th overall by the Philadelphia Eagles in the first round of the NFL Draft.

He is the first USC wide receiver taken in the first round since Mike Williams in 2005. The Trojans have had 14 wide receivers drafted since 2000, including seven in the first two rounds.

The All-American was the second Trojan drafted tonight, joining fellow Florida native Leonard Williams. USC now has 79 first round picks all-time and 485 total picks, which are both more than any other school.


2015 NFL Draft: Leonard Williams

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USC DE Leonard Williams was selected with the sixth overall pick in the first round by the New York Jets.

He is the 78th Trojan to be drafted in the first round, which is more than any other school. Williams is the highest USC pick since OT Matt Kalil went fourth overall in 2012, and the top defensive lineman taken from Troy since Darrell Russell went second in 1997.


USC Draft History

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USC and Notre Dame is the greatest intersectional rivalry in college football, and the two old foes compete more than once a year. The Trojans have long taken great pride in having more NFL draft picks than any other school, but the Fighting Irish overtook USC on the all-time list last year.

Over the next three days, several Trojans are expected to pad the all-time stats and reclaim the top spot over Notre Dame. Either way, USC's draft history is unparalleled in comparison with any other school in the nation.


Watch the Throne

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Written by Sarah Bergstrom, USC blog contributor

The No. 1 USC women's sand volleyball team is carrying a program-best 24-match win streak into the AVCA Collegiate Sand Volleyball National Championships this weekend in Gulf Shores, Ala. Having captured the last two pairs titles, the Women of Troy are now seeking their first-ever team national crown, and just four more match wins will get them there. 

USC is looking to put an exclamation point on a season that featured 16 5-0 sweeps and saw two of its pairs reach 30 wins. The duo of Sara Hughes and Kelly Claes boast a 36-3 record entering this weekend, and Eve Ettinger and Meg Norton are close behind with a record of 30-5. 

The team is coming off of its 2015 Pac-12 Invitational title weekend where it beat Arizona State (4-1) and No. 10 Arizona (5-0, 5-0) twice to seize the crown. Hughes and Claes, along with the pair of freshman Jenna Belton and senior Bria Russ, swept the Invitational's pairs championships to finish regular season play.

Amongst the eight-team field at the national championships this weekend is second-seeded Hawaii, Florida International, defending champion Pepperdine, Georgia State, Florida State, Long Beach State and top-seeded USC's first round opponent, Stetson. 

The Trojans face the Hatters on Friday at 6 a.m. PT and the quarterfinal match will be played later that same day. The championship match is set for Saturday at 2 p.m. PT. 

The pairs competition features the top duos from each of the schools in the team competition as well as 10 other teams regarded as the 'Best of the Rest' from schools not in the team competition. First-round pairs matches will start at 6 a.m. PT on Sunday with the championship match scheduled for 12 p.m. that same day. 

Here are sophomores Sara Hughes, Nicolette Martin and Allie Wheeler with their own AVCA Championship preview...

NFL Draft Schedule

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Good luck to all the Trojans hoping to make their NFL dreams come true this week. We will be covering the NFL Draft on our official Facebook, Twitter and Instagram pages, plus the RipsIt blog.

On television, ESPN and NFL Network have dueling coverage of all seven rounds.

Round 1 - Thursday starting at 5 p.m. PT

Rounds 2 and 3 - Friday starting at 4 p.m. PT

Rounds 4 thru 7 - Saturday starting at 9 a.m. PT


Eight Great

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Written by Sarah Bergstrom, USC blog contributor

For the first time in program history, eight USC women's water polo players earned All-MPSF honors. Among the group, leading scorer Monica Vavic became the first Trojan ever to record four All-MPSF First Team selections. 

This season alone, Vavic has scored 94 goals to lead the conference in scoring. She is already USC's all-time top scorer, and with 285 career goals, she is currently just two away from the MPSF career record. 

Also earning honors are senior Eike Daube and sophomores Ioanna Haralabidis and Stephania Haralabidis who were each placed on the All-MPSF Second Team. Freshman goalie Victória Chamorro seized All-MPSF Honorable Mention as well as a spot on the All-MPSF Newcomer Team, alongside Brianna Daboub, Melissa Bergesen and Brigitta Garnes. 

The Women of Troy now look toward their 12th consecutive NCAA appearance where they will face Hawaii in a first round game on May 8. The game begins at 1:45 p.m. PT in Palo Alto at Stanford's Avery Aquatic Center.


Tennis Tourney Time

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For the first time since 1985, USC women's tennis is the No. 1 overall seed in the NCAA Tournament, which begins for the Women of Troy on May 9 at Marks Stadium against Youngstown State. The men's team is seeded seventh as the Trojans begin defense of their title on May 8 also at home against Idaho.

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Both the men's and women's tournaments will be held in Waco, Texas, starting with the Sweet 16. If the seeds hold, the men are on a collision course to face the host, No. 2 Baylor, in the national quarterfinals, while the Women of Troy are also projected to meet No. 8 Baylor in the Elite Eight.

After a 21-2 season, the Pac-12 champion women's team enjoyed watching the selection show:

Good on the Green

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Written by Sarah Bergstrom, USC blog contributor

Freshman USC men's golfer Sean Crocker tied for sixth at this year's Pac-12 Championships, helping to lead the Trojans to a fourth place finish overall. The team combined for a 72-hole 17-over 1417 at the tournament, which wrapped up on Wednesday at the Palouse Ridge Golf Course in Pullman, Wash. 

Crocker shot 68 in his final round to earn sixth overall at even 280 for his seventh top 10 finish this year. His final round score gave him a team-best 17 rounds in the 60s this season. 

The Trojans bested UCLA by 25 shots, giving USC 10 points in the season-long Crosstown Cup battle which encompasses all sports. Currently, the Bruins lead 95-65.

USC learns where it will play its NCAA Regional on Monday, May 4. The Trojans have advanced out of regional play and into the NCAA final for eight straight years. 


Trophy Sweep

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USC women's lacrosse head coach Lindsey Munday (pictured) and sophomore attacker Michaela Michael were named the MPSF Coach and Player of the Year, bringing home the first major hardware in the program's three-year history. The accolades are richly deserved for a duo that led the Women of Troy to a program-best second place finish in the conference.

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The Women of Troy also placed seven Trojans on the all-conference team: Amanda Johansen, Caroline de Lyra, Courtney Tarleton and Michael (first team); and Nina Kelty, Kylie Drexel and Gussie Johns (second team).


NFL Draft Eve

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On the night before the NFL Draft, a reminder that the USC legacy does not end at graduation. We are Trojans for life.