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The tradition and history of the USC football program cannot be understated. At the beginning of the season, the Trojans boasted more players in the league than any other school.
With that in mind, here's a weekly rundown we will be starting that will highlight the top performances of former USC Trojans in the NFL.
1. Miami Dolphins RB Reggie Bush: The seven-year pro helped lead his team to a 35-13 victory over the Oakland Raiders. Bush rushed for 172 yards and two touchdowns, including this 23-yard touchdown run in the third quarter. Through two games thus far, Bush is averaging 120.5 yards on the ground.
2. Green Bay Packers LB Clay Matthews: The former USC walk-on helped lead the Packers to a 23-10 win over division rival Chicago on Thursday night. Matthews created havoc for the Bears' offensive line all night long, finishing with 3.5 sacks and seven tackles. Bears' quarterback Jay Cutler was constantly hurried and forced into numerous bad decisions (four interceptions) and Matthews had a big reason to do with that.
3. Seattle Seahawks TE Anthony McCoy: Playing under Pete Carroll for a second time, McCoy caught the first touchdown pass of his NFL career, helping the Seahawks top the Cowboys 27-7. He also led the team with 41 receiving yards.
4. Oakland Raiders QB Carson Palmer: In a losing effort to the Dolphins, Palmer threw for 373 yards, a touchdown and one interception. The former Heisman Trophy winner also connected with another ex-Trojan, wide receiver David Ausberry, for a 31-yard strike.
5. Kansas City Chiefs QB Matt Cassel: Can you believe Cassel has been in the league for eight years already? I can't, either. In a losing effort, Cassel was just 23-of-42 for 301 yards, two touchdowns and one interception. A good fourth quarter made his line look a lot better than it was as both his touchdowns came with the game already decided.