USC 2010 Football Preview

 

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Team Quick Facts

 

2009 Overall Record:

9-4

2009 Pac-10 record/Finish:

5-4, t5th

Starters Returning/Lost:

13/11

Offensive Starters Returning/Lost:

6/5

Defensive Starters Returning/Lost:

6/5

Starting Kickers Returning/Lost:

1/1

First year of Football:

1888

All-Time Record:

775*-307-54

All-Time Pac-10 Record:

410*-162-29

National Championships:

11 (1928, 1931, 1932, 1939, 1962, 1967, 1972, 1974, 1978, 2003, 2004)

 

HEAD COACH LANE KIFFIN



Fresno State, 1998


1st Year at USC

Overall career record: 7-6 (.538), 1 year

Coaching Experience

Head Coach, USC, 2010-Present

Head Coach, Tennessee, 2009

Head Coach, Oakland Raiders, 2007-2008

Offensive Coordinator, USC, 2005-06

Wide Receivers Coach, USC, 2002-04

Tight Ends Coach, USC, 2001

Defensive Quality Control, Jacksonville Jaguars, 2000

Offensive Line Assistant Coach, Colorado State, 1999

Student Assistant, Fresno State, 1997-98


 

A QUICK LOOK AT THE TROJANS


Offense:

Biggest change for the Trojans, of course, is the end of the Pete Carroll era of excellence. Former Carroll aide Lane Kiffin has been handed the reins and the Trojans should retain a familiar look. Six starters return on offense led by sophomore QB Matt Barkley, who started every game but one as a true freshman a year ago. He is expected to make a quantum leap his second year out. Barkley's top receiver is expected to be SE Ronald Johnson and the Trojans have their usual stable of talented running backs with TB Allen Bradford the leading returning rusher. Three veteran and talented starters return on the offensive line led by C Kristofer O'dowd.




Defense:

Six starters return to the USC defensive unit that led the Pac-10 in scoring defense last year at 19.8 points per game. The front seven looks loaded, but all four starters in the secondary must be replaced. Tackle Jurrell Casey leads a talented group up front and there is depth at linebacker led by OLBs Malcolm Smith and Michael Morgan, and MLB Chris Galippo.

 

The Schedule:

USC plays a 13-game regular season schedule this year with seven of the contests on the road, including three of four to start the season. However, the home schedule is most attractive with the likes of Oregon, California, Washington, Notre Dame and Virginia visiting the L.A. Coliseum.


 

2009 Results

W/L Score Team
W 56-3 San Jose State
W 18-15 at Ohio State
L 13-16 at Washington
W 27-6 Washington State
W 30-3 at California
W 34-27 at Notre Dame
W 42-36 Oregon State
L 20-47 at Oregon
W 14-9 at Arizona State
L 21-55 Stanford
W 28-9 UCLA
L 17-21 Arizona
W 24-13 Boston College (Emerald Bowl)

 

2010 Schedule

Date Location Series
Sept. 2 at Hawai'i USC leads, 6-0-0*
Sept. 11 Virginia USC leads, 1-0-0
Sept. 18 at Minnesota USC leads, 4-1-1
Sept. 25 at Washington State USC leads 57-8-4*
Oct. 2 Washington USC leads, 49-27-4
Oct. 9 at Stanford USC leads, 59-26-3*
Oct. 16 California USC leads, 62-30-5*
Oct. 30 Oregon USC leads, 37-17-2*
Nov. 6 Arizona State USC leads, 17-9-0*
Nov. 13 at Arizona USC leads, 26-7-0*
Nov. 20 at Oregon State USC leads, 59-10-0
Nov. 27 Notre Dame Notre Dame leads, 42-34-5*
Dec. 4 at UCLA USC leads, 44-28-7**

* one win later vacated later due to NCAA penalties

** two wins later vacated due to NCAA penalties

 

SIX TO WATCH

Pos Name Year Height Weight
C Kristofer O'Dowd Sr. 6-5 300
DT Jurrell Casey Jr. 6-1 295
OLB Malcolm Smith Sr. 6-1 255
FB Stanley Havili Sr. 6-1 230
QB Matt Barkley So. 6-2 230
SE Ronald Johnson Sr. 6-0 190
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