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USC looks for return game replacement for Adoree’ Jackson

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USC still searching for deep threat to complete offense

LOS ANGELES >> In a little more than two weeks, USC opens its season against Western Michigan. But since last spring, teams on the Trojans’ schedule started thinking about how to handle USC’s offense and quarterback Sam Darnold. An...

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    Highlights from Friday’s USC football practice

    A brief look at the Trojans’ training-camp practice on Friday at Howard Jones-Brian Kennedy Field: LIGHT LOAD USC’s practice was essentially a walk-through in preparation for a 60-play live scrimmage on Saturday, its second of training camp. Players were not in pads for the 75-minute workout. The quarterbacks wore visors. DEPTH CHART Coach Clay Helton confirmed running back Dominic Davis had moved to cornerback, where he worked out for the second...

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    Wolf: Wide receiver Tyler Vaughns looks like a starter

    Notes and observations on USC football after 10 training-camp practices ... LOS ANGELES >> USC coach Clay Helton won’t say who will start at wide receiver, but redshirt freshman Tyler Vaughns has only taken snaps with the first team. If Vaughns does not start, the coaches are doing a great job hiding the real starting lineup against Western Michigan. The turning point for Vaughns was the second week of spring practice, when he moved into the first...

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    Midway through training camp, USC quarterback Sam Darnold ‘settled in’

    LOS ANGELES >> Sam Darnold began training camp late last month with an unusual stretch. Over USC’s first three practices, Darnold saw five passes intercepted. Since, the heralded quarterback has looked a little different. “I’m trying to do my job and not turn the ball over,” Darnold said. “It (frustrated) me just as much as anyone throwing those picks. Just trying not to do that from here on out.” In the past week,...

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    Highlights from Thursday’s USC football practice

    A brief look at the Trojans’ training-camp practice on Thursday at Howard Jones-Brian Kennedy Field: BIG MOMENT The first fight of training camp broke out near the end of practice between freshman offensive tackle Austin Jackson and sophomore linebacker Oluwole Betiku after a play during an 11-on-11 period. The players were separated before it escalated further. After a practice earlier this week, USC Coach Clay Helton put players through a series of pushups and sit-ups...

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    With few position battles, USC’s defense aims to keep focus during training camp

    LOS ANGELES >> Chris Hawkins looked at the palms of his hands and started counting with his fingers. A reporter had asked Hawkins, a fifth-year senior safety, to identify how many position battles there were on USC’s defense this training camp. “Eleven spots on defense,” Hawkins grinned, “so 11 battles.” Most observers might disagree. A glance at the Trojans’ roster reveals most of their starters on defense returned from...

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    Wolf: USC should not suffer ego problems this season

    LOS ANGELES >> USC lacks a consistent kicker, is woefully inexperienced at wide receiver and can’t promise consistency at cornerback yet. But it does have an intangible that won’t be gained through 30 practices before the season opener against Western Michigan. Whatever happens on the field this year, the Trojans will not implode because of massive ego problems or the hidden agendas that can sabotage teams. Quarterback Sam Darnold is the poster child for...

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    Highlights from Wednesday’s USC football practice

    A brief look at the Trojans’ training-camp practice on Wednesday at Howard Jones-Brian Kennedy Field: Big moment Safety Ykili Ross came up with a diving interception off Matt Fink during a 7-on-7 drill, his third interception in the past week. Ross also picked off Fink twice in a practice last Thursday. “You look up, and he’s starting to make plays for us,” USC coach Clay Helton said. Injury...

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    Mobile, unflinching Sam Darnold should help USC’s young offensive line

    LOS ANGELES >> USC coach Clay Helton was recently razzing Neil Callaway, the Trojans’ offensive line coach “In that Rose Bowl, we had zero sacks,” Helton reminded Callaway, “but probably could have been sacked 12 times.” They knew one reason why quarterback Sam Darnold was not brought to the ground against Penn State: Darnold himself. “He just got out of pressure situations and made really special plays,” Helton said.

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    Wolf: Unique players giving USC offense an identity

    LOS ANGELES >> Once you get past quarterback Sam Darnold, there are a few other unique parts of USC’s offense that sometimes get buried in the Heisman hype. Perhaps an underplayed identity of this team is that the Trojans feature two tailbacks who weigh more than 200 pounds and possess breakaway moves. Junior Ronald Jones teased fans the past two years but has not put a consistent season together. This could be the year but it really is not necessary because freshman...

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    Former USC star Adoree Jackson shows Titans his speed

    NASHVILLE, Tenn. — Adoree Jackson caught a punt and ran about 20 yards up the field. Then the Tennessee Titans rookie ran to the other end zone to return a kickoff, showing off his ability to kick into a faster gear and taking the ball 45 yards. No time to be winded, though. The rookie cornerback had to head back out to play defense. Jackson may have been a overlooked in the NFL draft as the Tennessee Titans’ second selection in the first round, but the 18th pick...

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