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Conquest Chronicles 15 hours ago
Kevon Seymour Would Love to See Adoree' Jackson in USC's Improved Secondary

Kevon Seymour Would Love to See Adoree' Jackson in USC's Improved Secondary

USC's secondary would certainly benefit adding an impact player. For all the talk surrounding where to play five-star athlete Adoree' Jackson during his freshman season, presumed starting cornerback Kevon Seymour would love to add another stud athlete on the defensive side of the ball. "Heck ya, of course. Especially defense because he’s just an athlete," Seymour said following Thursday's practice. "He will do his thing with the offense and stuff like that —because he is a superior athlete— But I would love to see him work on defense." While the coaching staff continues to shuffle the...
Conquest Chronicles 18 hours ago

Fall Camp Chronicles: Sark Feels Confident About USC's Conditioning Level

Coach Sark feels confident about his squads level of conditioning. With Fall Camp officially coming to close as players have finally moved into their respective dorms and apartments for the upcoming semester, the mindset has shifted towards game-week preparations. Nearing the final week for last-minute instillations, the Trojans are beginning to craft together the fine details that will perfect the entire package before next week's season opener. Wednesday's focus: goal-line plays, and airing the ball out deep. "Really effective practice for us today. I thought it was really encouraging,...
Conquest Chronicles Aug 21, 2014

Fall Camp Chronicles: JuJu Smith Wants To Help USC's Offense

Coach Sark has to be excited over his luxury of young offensive talent. As one of the many talked about two-way players searching to find their niche during training camp, the 6-foot-4 athlete John "Juju" Smith from Long Beach Poly High School has his eyes set on catching touchdown passes this season. During the initial five-day period of training camp where coach Sarkisian and his staff spent time giving freshmen John Plattenburg, Adoree' Jackson time on both sides of the ball, Smith never actually left the offensive huddle. "The freshman class, we are all close together," five-star JuJu...
Conquest Chronicles Aug 21, 2014

Ajene Harris Honored To Earn First-Team Reps

The freshman wideout is someone every USC fan can rally around. From the second Ajene Harris arrived on campus, the under-the-radar wideout has pulled off an impressive transition from high school quarterback toward becoming an immediate playmaker on Howard Jones Field. "It's been fun. It's been humbling. I've been getting better every day, so its been pretty nice," Ajene Harris said following Wednesday night's practice. The humble, soft-spoken freshman never seems to overwhelm with personality. But his quick, effective route running has made him a rising prospect in USC's depth chart. Why...
Conquest Chronicles Aug 21, 2014

USC Football: Damien Mama Uncertain About His Mormon Mission

The four-star prospect continues to get first-team reps in training camp. For the first time in their collegiate careers, freshmen were available to speak with the media following practice. Among the players on everyone's watch list, the gigantic offensive guard Damien Mama collected his thoughts and addressed nearly 10 minutes of questions about his future with the Trojans. The biggest of such besides his playing weight, which was now down from 397 to 377 pounds, along with his overall conditioning under coach Drevno, stemmed around the desire of still taking his Mormon mission...
Conquest Chronicles Aug 20, 2014

USC Women's Volleyball Season Preview

The Women of Troy enter the season No. 5 overall. Fresh off a season filled with what ifs and what could've been, USC Women's Volleyball returns with an opportunity to take the next step into national champion. Led by 14th-year head coach Mick Haley, the Trojans enter the season ranked second overall in the Pac-12 preseason coaches poll. The Trojans are led by two star breakout players in AVCA Second-Team All-American outside hitter Samantha Bricio and breakout star Ebony Nwonebu, the 2013 AVCA Freshman of the Year. As a sophomore, Bricio led the NCAA in service aces (85) and set a USC...
Conquest Chronicles Aug 20, 2014

Khaliel Rodgers Possibly Out Two Weeks

A senior and two freshmen could fill the vacancy. USC redshirt freshman offensive lineman Khaliel Rodgers could be out up to two weeks after suffering a sprained knee, according to Gary Klein of the Los Angeles Times. Rodgers' injury occurred during Monday night's Fall Camp scrimmage in the LA Coliseum. The freshman from Delaware had been playing right guard with the first-team offensive line. With Rodgers out, senior Aundrey Walker and freshmen Damien Mama and Viane Talamaivao could see reps at right guard in his stay. Walker is just returning to full speed after surgery on a broken ankle...
Conquest Chronicles Aug 19, 2014

USC Legend Matt Leinart Wouldn't Mind Going Back To College

The Heisman Trophy Winner is back at it again. Matt Leinart never really wanted the good old days to come to an end, and DISH took full advantage of that reality. The 2004 Heisman Trophy winner led the Trojans to two national titles over his collegiate career. Last time we saw Leinart on the Coliseum he was leading the Trojans out of the tunnel before upsetting then No. 4 Stanford. Now the Heisman Trophy winner turned Fox Sports 1 football analyst hit the network big screen, continuing his television career as a former NFL athlete breaking down the weeks biggest topics. Still wonder how...
Conquest Chronicles Aug 19, 2014

Fast Break Links: Wise Signs, Reinhardt Back on Twitter

Tidbits and interesting articles about current and former USC hoopsters. USC basketball season is still a ways away, but the Trojans did release their schedule last week (it isn't much to get excited about) and some former and current players had some notable news. The USC men's basketball 2013-2014 non-conference schedule features only one notable home game (December 7 against Utah State), and the conference schedule isn't set quite yet, but here's the full 2013-2014 schedule. Nikola Jovanovic scored seven points to help the Pac-12 All-Stars complete a successful three-game sweep...
Conquest Chronicles Aug 19, 2014

USC Recruiting: Drevno Lands Three-Star Offensive Lineman Cole Smith

The verbal commitments just keep coming. Three-star center Cole Smith (Mission Viejo) formally announced his verbal commitment to USC's 2015 recruiting class. After receiving an offer while attending an earlier Fall Camp practice, Smith made his intentions quite clear. The best part; Smith called during one of USC's offensive meetings on Tuesday to make the staff aware of his plans to attend Southern California next fall. After hearing the news over the phone, coach Sarkisian and Tim Drevno were ecstatic about landing the 265-pound lineman who should be slotted to compete at the center...
Conquest Chronicles Aug 19, 2014
Trojans Run-First Mentality Keeps Everyone Involved

Trojans Run-First Mentality Keeps Everyone Involved

Wanna make your life easier, keep running the football with success. New USC head coach Steve Sarkisian has not been shy about implementing his own system and that sheer moxie has directly translated to the players on the field, particularly for the tailbacks. They are making things happen with the ball in their hands in and around the backfield. USC wants to run the football this season, and they are perfectly fine with letting opposing teams in on that not-so-hidden fact. The Trojans averaged 38 carries last season, which was way up from the mere 30 attempts in 2012 when Matt Barkley was...
Conquest Chronicles Aug 19, 2014

Five Takeaways From USC's Second Scrimmage

USC is building confidence for next week's season opener. Taking a look back one year from this point and it would painfully come to mind that the Trojans massively struggled in their second Fall Camp scrimmage, barely able to move the football against a hard working but vastly overmatched scout team defense that smelled eerily like the Washington State blunder. After a somewhat lackluster opening scrimmage this year, where many players admitted to being a tad bit nervous playing an intense scrimmage in the Coliseum for the first time since the Spring Game, the extra week led to massive...
Conquest Chronicles Aug 18, 2014

Trojans Battle Through Training Camp Grind

Take a look behind the curtain.
Conquest Chronicles Aug 17, 2014
Ricky Town Signed, Sealed and Delivered

Ricky Town Signed, Sealed and Delivered

The five-star commit sounds hyped about coming to USC. Five-star quarterback commit Ricky Town (St. Bonaventure) signed his letter of intent, pushing forward his commitment as the Trojans top recruit in the 2015 recruiting class. Sitting down with his family and friends on Sunday, Town stayed true to his word filling out his early enrollment and financial aid papers. Just officially signed with USC today. I feel so blessed and honored. FIGHT ON! — Ricky Town (@RickyTownQB) August 18, 2014 Ricky Town, the No. 2 pocket passer in the nation, is not officially signed but this contract...
Conquest Chronicles Aug 17, 2014

AP Poll: USC Lands No. 15 Overall

Six Pac-12 teams in the initial rankings. Less than two weeks away from the start of the college football season, the first AP Poll is finally out. Kicking things off with a record six squads, the Pac-12 put together a great showing in the rankings. While the SEC (8) controlled the overall rankings, defending national champion Florida State holds the top spot. Rank School Points 1 Florida State (57) 1,496 2 Alabama (1) 1,361 3 Oregon (1) 1,334 4 Oklahoma (1) 1,324 5 Ohio State 1,207 6 Auburn 1,198 7 UCLA 1,106 8 Michigan State 1,080 9 South...
Conquest Chronicles Aug 17, 2014

Su'a Cravens Embracing New Linebacker Role

The Trojans have an immense weapon at their disposal. Tabbed a First-Team All-American candidate following an outstanding campaign, sophomore Su'a Cravens has plans to not only win the Jim Thorpe Award for the nation's best defensive back, but really wants to make an impact all over USC's defense in whatever role the coaching staff has in mind. "He's a versatile guy, he can play man­-to­-man on receivers, he can blitz off the edge, he still can stop the run game," Sarkisian said on Saturday. "He is such a versatile guy and has a very high football IQ that he allows us the luxury of...
Conquest Chronicles Aug 16, 2014
Fall Camp Chronicles: Injuries Pilling Up

Fall Camp Chronicles: Injuries Pilling Up

Some players are coming back, while others suffered minor setbacks. The Trojans took practice to the Coliseum on Saturday following a two-a-day session the day before. Injuries stole the spotlight during the afternoon session, which signaled the official two week countdown to the regular season. OUT: Damien Mama, J.R. Tavai, Justin Davis BACK: Adoree' Jackson, Leonard Williams Going from largest to smallest concern, the topping fall of offensive guard Damien Mama looked very serious. After two defensive players landed on his leg during team 11-on-11 activities, Mama laid on the ground...
Conquest Chronicles Aug 15, 2014
The Injury That Never Was: The Cody Kessler Experience

The Injury That Never Was: The Cody Kessler Experience

Cody Kessler saw USC's season flash right before his eyes. Cody Kessler dodged a bullet, and will live to tell about it down the road. During Wednesday night's scrimmage at the Coliseum, something shocking, embarrassing and somewhat terrifying happened on offense. Backed up near their own end zone, battling against the first-team defense, Cody Kessler attempted to snag a low snap from Max Tuerk. It was a slippery football, which deflected off his fingers and rolled around near the starters toes. "It scared me more than anything," Kessler said Friday morning, nearly 36 hours after that play...
Conquest Chronicles Aug 15, 2014
USC Football: Even In Arcade Games, Competition Runs Deep

USC Football: Even In Arcade Games, Competition Runs Deep

Coach Sarkisian loves the competitive spirit of his program. The Trojans have four off-days from practice this training camp, something quite unprecedented, that stems from the modern take this coaching staff has adopted towards getting players prepared for the upcoming season. "The more research keeps telling us how important recovery is for longevity and so (I) just try to stay in tuned with that stuff," coach Sarkisian said. "In meeting with a lot of different people, a lot of different teams, and what people have done in the NFL, it seems like that's the trend where we're...
Conquest Chronicles Aug 15, 2014

Buck Allen Wants To Keep Playing Special Teams

One of USC's most important players wants to be all over the field. When Buck Allen took over the starting running back duties last season, the redshirt junior found the end zone with great success all while fulfilling his duties as a special teams contributor. Entering the season as the bonafide starter in the backfield, Allen wants to shoulder the load offensively. Allen has also served as the "left guard" on kickoff return, "adjuster" on punt return and a backup returner all across the board. For a player so heavily relied upon to shoulder the load catching passes and pounding the rock,...

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