2005: Thorpe Award and All-American candidate Bing, the veteran of USC's defense, will start for his third season at strong safety as a junior in 2005. He is on the 2005 Lott Trophy and Bednarik Award watch lists. He had surgery to repair a dislocating shoulder prior to 2005 spring practice and missed spring drills.
2004: Bing started for his second season at strong safety as a sophomore in 2004 and made an impact. Overall in 2004 while appearing in 12 games, he had 63 tackles (third on USC), including 8 for losses of 22 yards (with 0.5 sack for 5 yards), plus 7 deflections, 2 forced fumbles and 2 interceptions that he returned 8 yards (4.0 avg.). He had 10 tackles versus Oklahoma, 7 against Virginia Tech, 6 versus Stanford (with a forced fumble and deflection), Arizona State and Arizona (with 2.5 for losses), 5 against Washington State (with 1.5 for losses and 2 deflections), Oregon State (with a forced fumble and deflection), Notre Dame and UCLA, and 4 at BYU. His interceptions came at BYU (8 yards) and Washington State. He sprained his shoulder in 2004 fall camp (he did not start the Colorado State or BYU games because of that) and then again prior to the California game, which sidelined him for that contest. He made the 2004 All-Pac-10 second team and the Collegefootballnews.com Sophomore All-American first team.
2003: After enrolling at USC in the spring of 2003, Bing emerged as the starting strong safety as a first-year freshman in 2003. Overall in 2003 while starting all 13 games, he had 69 tackles (fourth on USC), including 2 for losses of 3 yards, plus a fumble recovery, 2 interceptions that he returned 34 yards (17.0 avg.) and 5 deflections. He made the 2003 The Sporting News, Scripps/Football Writers Association of America Freshman All-American first team, Collegefootballnews.com and Rivals.com Freshman All-American first teams and All-Pac-10 honorable mention squad, as well as being named to the 2003 The Sporting News Pac-10 All-Freshman first team (and he was Defensive Freshman of the Year). He had 11 tackles at Notre Dame, 9 versus California and Michigan, 6 against Arizona State and Oregon State, 5 versus Washington State and 4 against Auburn (in his Trojan debut), Hawaii and UCLA. At Auburn, he had an interception to set up USC's opening touchdown and then a fumble recovery to set up a field goal. He also intercepted a pass against Washington State, which he returned 29 yards out of the end zone.
2002: He originally signed with USC in 2002, but did not qualify for admission, so he attended Long Beach (Calif.) City College in 2002 as a part-time student (he didn't play football there).
HIGH SCHOOL: He was a 2001 Parade All-American, Super Prep All-American, Prep Star All-American, Tom Lemming All-American, Max Emfinger All-American, USA Today All-USA second team, Super Prep Elite 50, Prep Star Dream Team, Super Prep All-Farwest, Prep Star All-Western Region, Long Beach Press-Telegram Best in the West first team, Tacoma News Tribune Western 100, Orange County Register Fab 15 first team, Las Vegas Sun Super 11 first team, Cal-Hi Sports All-State first team, All-CIF Southern Section first team, All-CIF Division I first team, Los Angeles Times All-Southeast/South Coast first team and Long Beach Press-Telegram Dream Team first team honoree as a senior at Poly High in Long Beach (Calif.). He had 86 tackles (34 solo), with a sack, plus 5 interceptions, 2 fumble recoveries, a forced fumble and 5 deflections in 2001 as a safety and ran for 256 yards on 20 carries (12.8 avg.) with 5 TDs on offense.
As a junior in 2000, he made the Cal-Hi Sports All-State Underclass first team and Long Beach Press-Telegram Dream Team second team while notching 62 tackles (37 solo), 2 interceptions, 3 fumble recoveries, 2 forced fumbles, 3 deflections and scoring 3 times on defense despite missing part of the year with injuries.
He had 85 tackles and 10 deflections as a 1999 sophomore. He was a 3-year starter as Poly went 39-1-1 and won 3 CIF Division I titles.
He also was on Poly's track team as a sprinter (with bests of 10.6 in the 100 meters and 21.8 in the 200 meters), long jumper and triple jumper. Current Trojans Hershel Dennis and Winston Justice also prepped at Poly.
PERSONAL: He's a public policy, management and planning major at USC. He received permission from USC athletic director Mike Garrett (Troy's 1965 Heisman Trophy-winning tailback) to wear Garrett's retired No. 20 jersey.
DARNELL BING ON:
The pressure of succeeding All-American Troy Polamalu and wearing Mike Garrett's retired No. 20 jersey:
How he came to wear No. 20:
WHAT OTHERS SAY:
USC head coach Pete Carroll:
USC athletic director and former Heisman Trophy tailback Mike Garrett:
GAME-BY-GAME WITH DARNELL BING