17Troy Van Blarcom
2006: The strong-legged Van Blarcom will handle the kickoff duties for his second season as a sophomore in 2006. He also might be called up to attempt long-range field goals and to punt.
2005: Van Blarcom handled USC's kickoff duties in 2005 as a first-year freshman placekicker. Overall in 2005 while appearing in all 13 games, 51 of his 110 kickoffs kept opponents within the 20-yard line, including 31 touchbacks. He also made 3 tackles. He made the 2005 The Sporting News Pac-10 All-Freshman first team.
HIGH SCHOOL: He was named a 2004 Prep Star All-American, EA Sports All-American third team, Super Prep All-Farwest, Prep Star All-West, Tom Lemming All-West, Tacoma News Tribune Western 100, Cal-Hi Sports All-State third team, All-CIF Division VI, Los Angeles Times All-Orange County and Orange County Register All-Orange County second team as a senior placekicker at Orange (Calif.) Lutheran High. He tore a knee ligament in the summer prior to his senior season, but returned mid-season to make 37 PATs and nail a 54-yard field goal in 2004. As a junior in 2003, he made Cal-Hi Sports All-State Underclass second team and Orange County Register All-Orange County first team while hitting 6-of-9 field goals (with a long of 45 yards) and 62-of-63 PATs, plus getting 38 touchbacks on kickoffs. In his career, he had 150 touchbacks on kickoffs.
GAME-BE-GAME WITH TROY VAN BLARCOM