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Conquest Chronicles Aug 23, 2016

USC will win the Pac-12 south according to Pick Six Previews

Pick Six Previews is rated as the most accurate previews in college football Pick Six Previews may be a bit unknown but they are ranked as the most accurate Previews in America according to Stassen Accuracy Ratings. They are ranked more accurate than Phil Steele, Ahtlon Sports, Lindy’s, ESPN, and a whole host of other college football experts. While most experts are biting hard on the Josh Rosen hype and predicting UCLA to win the South, Pick Six Previews on the other hand has picked USC to repeat as the Pac-12 South Division champions despite the brutal schedule. They have also rated...
Conquest Chronicles Aug 22, 2016

USC Trojans Recruiting: Scouting New DE Commit Jacob Lichtenstein

Lichtenstein had offers from 38 schools but decided to verbally commit to USC. Here is what he would bring to the Trojan defense. USC received the commitment of Fort Lauderdale defensive end Jacob Lichtenstein.  Although he is only listed as a high three star recruit according to 247 sports, Lichtenstein has excellent physical and mental tools that helped him garner nearly 40 offers from some of the biggest college football powerhouses in the nation.  At a solid 6’5" 248 lbs., Lichtenstein has an excellent physical frame that could see him employed at multiple spots along the defensive...
Conquest Chronicles Aug 20, 2016

USC Football Recruiting: DT James Lynch Commits to Trojans

The 3-star defensive tackle made the announcement via twitter. So blessed to officially announce I'm committing to the USC Trojans!! ❤️✌ #FIGHTON pic.twitter.com/kdHlZFXz8i — James Lynch (@JamesHusker38) August 21, 2016 In a day when all of the USC Trojans news was supposed to be about Max Browne being named the starting quarterback, the Trojans also received great news on the recruiting trail. 3-star defensive tackle James Lynch announced on twitter that he intends to play football at USC. Lynch is one of three recent defensive line commits along with Hunter Echols and...
Conquest Chronicles Aug 19, 2016

USC Trojans Football 2016: Helton to solidfy his quarterback decision

You can check out the full presser from Thursday after practice right here The Trojans took the pads off for practice on Thursday ahead of Friday night’s planned scrimmage which according to Helton will “solidify” his decision on the quarterback. Helton reiterated that he was meticulously watching every snap on film from both quarterbacks. It would seem from his choice of words that Helton is leaning towards either Max Browne or Sam Darnold right now and he is using Friday’s scrimmage to reassure him of his inclination. The final question of the presser, however, directly asked...
Conquest Chronicles Aug 18, 2016

USC Trojans Football 2016: two practices left before Clay Helton releases a depth chart

On Sunday Clay Helton will release his depth chart for the 2016 season. The USC Trojans spent Wednesday’s practice focusing on situational football once again. Specifically USC spent plenty of time on their 4 minute drill which will help strengthen the running game, teach improve their young defensive line and and teach the team how to finish games. The four minute drill also helps with toughness and will improve the offense in general if they are able to run the ball even when everyone in the building knows they are going to run. Helton plans to spend today and Friday finding out what...
Conquest Chronicles Aug 17, 2016

USC Trojans Football 2016: Back to business after a dose of reality

After a reality check in the Coliseum on Monday the Trojans were all business on Tuesday. After a reality check in the Coliseum the Trojans returned to practice with a business like mentality. It was a reality check for the team during Monday’s practice and they responded very well. Coach Helton called out Jalen Greene for making the most of his opportunities and being an unselfish team player despite battling a pulled hamstring. Greene of course started off as a quarterback but moved to wide receiver and was used last season on several big double pass plays. While the Trojans do have...
Conquest Chronicles Aug 16, 2016

USC Trojans Football 2016: #AllAboutTechnique

USC is getting the details right During the off season USC Trojans head coach Clay Helton has emphasized technique and the importance of getting the little details correct. Failing to get the little things right can cost the whole team in big ways. To emphasize that Coach Helton has put a few rules in place to get the little details and technique down cold. This included forcing the entire team to run after a freshman broke a team rule by having a cell phone out during a team meeting. Get the little things done right, and the big things will hopefully follow. Check out this video from USC...
Conquest Chronicles Aug 15, 2016

Scouting New USC Trojans DE Commit Hunter Echols

An in-depth look at an elite recruit committed to the USC Trojans ****Editors note the author first published this piece on his own blog found here. Last week, USC received a huge commitment in the form of four star weak-side defensive end Hunter Echols. A 6’3.5” 231 pound prospect out of Cathedral High School in Los Angeles, Echols is a highly touted recruit that was previously committed to UCLA before backing away from his pledge a few months back. Echols is a vital commitment to a USC class that has been struggling with California recruiting this cycle. Echols is a tall and lean...
Conquest Chronicles Aug 14, 2016

USC Trojans Football 2016: Improved defense and loud noises

Another busy weekend for the USC Trojans This weekend Coach Helton continued to focus on situational football. In practice number 9 coach turned the noise up over the speakers to simulate crowd noise and other distractions in the arena. Coach was not please as the quality of play dropped when the sound was turned up. USC faces the defending National Champions in Jerry World which will no doubt be loud and rowdy. Helton Stated they would need to practice again with the noise turned up. Coach Jon Gruden was also at practice. Gruden is a friend of USC defensive coordinator Clancy Pendergast....
Conquest Chronicles Aug 13, 2016

USC Trojans at the 2016 Rio Olympic Games: April Ross competing for Gold

April Ross is a USC alum competing in the Rio Olympics in beach volleyball with her partner 3-time gold medalist Kerri Walsh-Jennings. Ross credits competing in the Pac-12 in part for her success. You can see the full video below: You can also follow us on social media: Facebook: facebook.com/conquestchronicles/ twitter: twitter.com/CChroniclesSBN Join the team!
Conquest Chronicles Aug 12, 2016

USC Trojans Football 2016: Zach Banner is a delightful human being

Get your Friday started right with this hilarious video of Zach Banner Do yourself a favor, take a couple of minutes and watch this video of USC Trojans offensive lineman Zach Banner entitled Big Man Doing Little Things. Highlights include Zach Banner scooter racing Damien Mama, taking ballet lessons from some very young instructors, and an epic two on two basketball game. Just watch the full video below: You can also follow us on social media: Facebook: facebook.com/conquestchronicles/ twitter: twitter.com/CChroniclesSBN Join the team!
Conquest Chronicles Aug 12, 2016

USC Trojans Football 2016: Focusing on Alabama and Stanford

“Great day. Practice 8, 21 to go, thank goodness.” -Clay Helton USC coach Clay Helton has been busy installing the full playbook for his team and they are progressing nicely but they still have a lot of work to go. Helton once again focused on situational football and specific formations in Thursday’s practice. Most notably he practiced schemes and formations the Trojans will likely see when they take on Alabama and Stanford in the first three weeks of the season. Quarterbacks: After watching the film from Wednesday Helton stated that both Sam Darnold and Max Browne missed some...
Conquest Chronicles Aug 12, 2016

USC Trojans Football 2016: Clay Helton focuses on brutal schedule during Fall camp

Clay Helton is varying the tempo, and increasing the competition in Fall practice. After Wednesday’s practice Clay Helton addressed the media as he normally does. He started his remarks by stating that in practice he is going to have 1’s play the 1’s in practice instead of the starters competing against a practice squad. Helton is having the starters play against the starters specifically because of the brutal schedule. Helton cited Alabama, Notre Dame, and the difficulty of the Pac-12 conference as reasons he needed his players to get comfortable with playing against elite...
Conquest Chronicles Aug 11, 2016

USC Trojans Football 2016: Check out the new gear USC Football players will be using during Fall Camp

The Trojans have some sweet new gear for 2016 Fall Camp The USC Trojans Athletic Department released a video on YouTube featuring Todd Hewitt the Director of Equipment Operations. Hewitt let us a take a quick peek at the latest appear and gear the USC football players will be wearing during fall camp. You can check the full video below. You can also follow us on social media: Facebook: facebook.com/conquestchronicles/ twitter: twitter.com/CChroniclesSBN Join the team!
Conquest Chronicles Aug 11, 2016

Traveler Hates Thursdays Podcast Episodes 51 and 52: ROT chat and Utah preview

A little double dose for everyone. Last week Will and Saman recorded a brief fall camp preview with the great Reign of Troy crew, @MichaelCastFS and @PenguinOfTroy. Also they touch on why Su'a Cravens should be considered better than Matr Grottegoed (or Groote-meh). Episode 52 features the continuation of our preview with the enemy series, this episode featuring Utah. Saman and Will chat with Shane Roberts (@TheShaneR0berts), the co-managing editor of SB Nation's Utah blog, Block U (@BlockU). They talk all thing 2016 Utes.
Conquest Chronicles Aug 10, 2016

USC Trojans Football 2016: What you missed from weekend practices

The USC Trojans football team had a very busy weekend The USC Trojans football team had a busy weekend of practice last weekend. Helton expressed how excited he was to finally get the guys back in pads. Helton has placed an emphasis on physicality and the there is plenty of hype and excitement surrounding the offensive line headed into the 2016. Getting the line in pads is certainly an important moment. Situational football was also a point of the emphasis over the weekend particularly in the red zone. This was a focal point for the Trojans during spring football as well so hopefully we...
Conquest Chronicles Aug 9, 2016

USC adds two more recruits for the Class of 2017

USC continues to stockpile talent for the 2017 season with a pair of early commitments. Continuing the trend of versatile athletes on USC’s roster, four-star athlete Juwan Burgess made his early decision to commit to USC one month after his campus visit. Starring at Plant High School in Tampa, Florida, the 6’0”, 185-lbs. receiver/defensive back/returner was heavily recruited by Florida powerhouses Florida State and Miami—yet he made the jump to the west coast to bolster an already promising 2017 recruiting class. With Heisman hopefuls Juju Smith-Schuster and Adoree’ Jackson most...
Conquest Chronicles Aug 9, 2016

Clay Helton plants to announce USC starting QB on August 20

Veteran backup Max Browne and high-ceiling freshman Sam Darnold battle for starting QB job at USC. The battle between Max Browne and redshirt freshman Sam Darnold to be Cody Kessler’s successor and week one quarterback now has a deadline according to Trojans head coach Clay Helton. On August 20th, Trojan fans will see if it is either Browne or Darnold taking snaps under center in the squad’s opening contest against defending national champion Alabama. While Browne saw just three games of action last season serving as Kessler’s backup, Darnold has yet to take his first collegiate...
Conquest Chronicles Aug 8, 2016

USC Football - First Fall Camp Practice Rapid Reaction

The USC Trojans took the microphone and shared their thoughts after the first day Fall Camp. You can also follow us on social media: Facebook: facebook.com/conquestchronicles/ twitter: twitter.com/CChroniclesSBN Join the team!
Conquest Chronicles Aug 6, 2016

USC ranked 17th in Preseason Amway Coaches poll, UCLA 24th

The Trojans start the season playing the number 1 team in the country The Preseason Amway Coaches poll was released earlier this week and USC ranks 17th. UCLA barely snuck into the top 25 as well despite many experts prognosticating that the Bruins will win the South. Looking over this poll though makes it painfully clear why the Trojans have the most brutal schedule in the nation. Several USC competitors are on this list including: Alabama at number 1, Stanford at 7, Notre Dame at number 9; Washington at 18; Oregon at 22, and UCLA at 24. At the top of the rankings was of course Alabama...

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