Arbogast Honored In SoCal Broadcasters Hall of Fame


Pete Arbogast, the voice of the Trojans, has been selected for the Southern California Sports Broadcasters Hall of Fame joining his predecessor Tom Kelly (pictured together) in legendary company.

Arbogast took over for Kelly in 1989 as the radio play-by-play man for USC football, but his resume shows a depth of broadcasting talent including the Olympics, USC men's and women's basketball, the Los Angeles Clippers, the Cincinnati Bengals and more.

The induction ceremonies are set for January 26, 2015 at Lakeside Golf Club in Toluca Lake.

Meet The USC Freshmen Class


Check out this fun photo collage of the entire USC football freshmen class. VIDEO One week through Fall Camp, plenty of names have risen up as big-time contributors on the roster.

You may not see many of these players because they are walk-ons, but the Trojan freshmen class is prime for strong careers.

26 Nunnery, Davonte S 5-11 210 FR HS Oxnard, CA (St. Bonaventure)

49 Miller, Matt ILB 6-1 225 FR Southlake, TX (Carroll)

50 Lobendahn, Toa OG 6-3 280 FR HS Cerritos, CA (La Habra)

9 Smith, JuJu WR-S 6-2 210 FR HS Signal Hill, CA (Poly)

77 Brown, Chris OT 6-5 295 FR HS Los Angeles, CA (Loyola)

10 Greene, Jalen QB 6-2 200 FR HS Inglewood, CA (Serra)

46 Schmidt, Wyatt PK-P 6-3 205 FR HS Inver Grove Heights, MN (St. Thomas Academy)

13 Dixon, Bryce TE 6-4 240 FR HS Oxnard, CA (St. Bonaventure)

14 Tuileta, Larry QB 6-2 200 FR HS Honolulu, HI (Punahou)

14 Johnson, Rahshead WR-CB 5-11 175 FR HS Compton, CA (Cabrillo)

44 Dorton, Malik OLB 6-2 250 FR HS Los Angeles, CA (St. John Bosco)

50 Moore, Grant ILB 6-1 220 FR HS Santa Ana, CA (Mater Dei)

67 Bassler, Quinn OT 6-6 280 FR HS Newport Beach, CA (Corona Del Mar)

64 Wenzel, Richie C 6-2 280 FR HS Chevy Chase, MD (Our Lady of Good Counsel)

2 Jackson, Adoree' CB-WR 5-11 185 FR HS Belleville, IL (Serra)

18 Harris, Ajene WR 5-11 180 FR HS Los Angeles, CA (Crenshaw)

60 Talamaivao, Viane C 6-3 330 FR HS Mo

reno Valley, CA (Centennial)

23 Lockett, Jonathan CB 5-11 175 FR HS Bellflower, CA (Mater Dei)

24 Smith, Stefan TB 6-1 195 FR HS San Marino, Ca (Flintridge Prep)

25 Simmons, Lamont CB 6-2 185 FR HS Jacksonville, FL (Raines)

42 Nwosu, Uchenna OLB-ILB 6-3 210 FR HS Carson, CA (Narbonne)

51 Mama, Damien OG 6-5 370 FR HS Bellflower, CA (St. John Bosco)

59 Hill, Don OLB 6-3 245 FR HS Boise, ID (Timberline)

56 Austin, Jordan OT 6-5 280 FR HS Claremont, CA (Claremont)

31 Plattenburg, John CB 5-11 180 FR HS Houston, TX (Lamar)

34 Tucker, Olajuwon ILB 6-3 220 FR HS Harbor City, CA (Serra)

36 Harding, Joe S 5-10 180 FR HS San Marino, Ca (Loyola)

53 Moore, Alex ILB 6-2 220 FR HS Newport Beach, CA (Corona Del Mar)

54 Peters, Reuben ILB 6-1 220 FR HS Westchester, CA (Loyola)

38 Jones, Jalen CB 5-8 155 FR HS Los Angeles, CA (Serra)

Max Wittek to join Hawaii as Walk-On


After months of speculation about his expected transfer, Max Wittek has figured out a future course of action, but it will just take some time.

The Trojans former quarterback has elected to head west to Hawaii, and will compete for the starting quarterback job in 2015 after taking some classes at USC this Fall semester (must sit out this season) as a preferred walk-on in Norm Chow's system.

The four-star talent has a lively arm and will now have another opportunity to compete for playing time. It just entails a business trip to the lovely Hawaiian Islands where he completed 5-of-10 passes for 77 yards as the co-starter in last year's season opener.

USC Roster Updates


USC Updates and Noteworthy Changes

--TE Jalen Cope-Fitzpatrick is academically ineligible this season. He can practice with the team, but cannot play in games.

--OLB Scott Starr has legally changed his last name from his mother’s to his father’s. His name is now Scott Felix.

--Change the jersey numbers of CB Kevin Carrasco to #29 and WR Aaron Minor to #84.

--Change the positions of D.J. Morgan to CB-TB and Anthony Brown to TB-CB.

--Delete 3 walk-ons who are no longer on the team: TB Taylor Ross, S Adrian Johnson, TE Shane Sullivan.

--Add 2 defensive graduate assistant coaches (they were formerly USC defensive administrative assistants): Patrick Henderson and Drew Pearson (bios are below).

--Add as a new scholarship player: PK Matt Boermeester (his bio is below).

--Add 12 new walk-ons (players listed on the link). Noteworthy Grad Assistant Additions:

PATRICK HENDERSON---Defensive Assistant

Patrick Henderson is in his first season at USC, serving as a graduate assistant working with the defense.

He spent the past 4 seasons (2010-13) as an assistant at Contra Costa Junior College in San Pablo (Calif.), coaching the defensive backs each year and also serving as the defensive coordinator in 2013.

The Comets played in the 2012 and 2013 Living Breath Foundation Bowl, winning it in 2012. Contra Costa shared the 2012 Big Valley Conference title.

Henderson, 27, also served as a group facilitator and life coach at Contra Costa from 2012 to 2014 and was a recreation leader for the city of Oakland (Calif.) from 2011 to 2013.

He lettered 4 seasons (2006-09) as a cornerback at Oregon State, appearing in every game of his career primarily on special teams. He made 33 tackles in his career (including 15 as a senior) and had an interception. He also was a kick returner as a junior and senior, running back 12 kicks for 293 yards (24.4 avg). He redshirted in 2005.

He earned his bachelor’s degree in sociology from Oregon State in 2010.

He prepped at McClymonds High in Oakland (Calif.), earning 2004 San Francisco Chronicle All-Bay Area and All-Oakland Athletic League first team. He was born Jan. 5, 1987. He has a daughter, Payton, 5.

DREW PEARSON---Defensive Assistant

Drew Pearson is in his first season at USC, serving as a graduate assistant working with the defense.

Before coming to USC, the 28-year-old Pearson was a child and family specialist at Five Acres in Altadena, Calif., for 6 years (2008-14) after earning a graduate degree in 2012 from the Phillips Graduate Institute.

He was the secondary coach at Muir High in Pasadena for 3 seasons (2008-10), where he coached 5 All-CIF first team players who all earned Division I scholarships.

He lettered as a cornerback at Utah State in 2006 and 2007 after redshirting the 2005 season. As a 2006 junior, he started the first 9 games of the season and had 34 tackles, 4 deflections, an interception and a fumble recovery. He added 1 tackle while playing in 4 games in 2007 as a senior.

He spent 2004 as a freshman cornerback at Mt. San Antonio Junior College in Walnut (Calif.), where he made 11 tackles and an interception while seeing action in 7 games. He was an All-League selection at Muir in 2003, getting 25 tackles and 1 interception on defense and 44 receptions for 510 yards (11.6 avg) with 3 TDs as a wide receiver on offense. He spent the previous 2 seasons at Etiwanda High in Rancho Cucamonga (Calif.).

He earned his bachelor’s degree in interdisciplinary studies from Utah State in 2007 after getting an associate’s degree from Mt. San Antonio in 2004. He is working on his master’s degree in communication management at USC.

Pearson was born on Nov. 1, 1985. He is single. His brother, Keeyon Howard, played football at Central Methodist.

Matt wishes he could come back


I don't blame him after how his NFL career flamed out.

Time For Sarkando


Tonight kicks off the premiere of the fascinating online series "Sharknado 2" so we thought what better to way to celebrate than by getting coach Steve Sarkisian involved in the action. Fight On!

USC Football Season Poster


The USC Football season kicks off in 36 days when the Trojans and Fresno State Bulldogs take flight at the Coliseum. The Trojans enter the season projected to finish second in the Pac-12 South, just behind rival UCLA. The core leaders on this poster, Cody Kessler, Nelson Agholor, Hayes Pullard and Leonard Williams, will attempt to lead USC towards 10-plus wins in back-to-back seasons. Time for some Fall Camp football.

Steve Sarkisian discusses what the offense will look like at USC


New USC head coach Steve Sarkisian mentions how he is bringing in uptempo elements from Washington down to Los Angeles.

Trojans Prepare For NCAA Championships


USC track and field will send 11 individual athletes and three relay teams to the NCAA Championships in Eugene, Oregon (June 11-14) looking to build upon a second place finish in last month's Pac-12 Championships. The Trojans stormed through the three-day preliminaries in Arkansas led by senior hurdler Aleec Harris, who broke the 36-year-old Pac-12 record in the 110m HH (previously set by UCLA's Greg Foster in 1978) by posting 13.18. Harris will also compete on the 4x100 relay team with Aaron Brown, BeeJay Lee and Terence Abram, who filled in for the injured Davonte Stewart. Brown was another showstopper at the NCAA prelims. Along with the relay, he qualified individually for the 100m and 200m sprints. In the 200, he ran a PR of 20.16 to break the Canadian record, which has stood since 1991. Sophomore Tynia Gaither will be the busiest Trojan in Eugene. She qualified for the 100m, 200m and 4x100m relay. Junior Melia Cox made individual cuts in the triple jump and 100m HH for the upstart Women of Troy.

USC Tennis Going Nat'l Title Hunting


The No. 1 USC men's tennis team captured the university's 100th NCAA Championship on familiar ground, sticking to their guns as the top seed for a 4-2 comeback win over No. 2 seed Oklahoma tonight in Athens, Ga.

The Trojans extended their national record of titles by fighting out of an 0-2 hole and finally capping things off on Max de Vroome's clincher on court four. The sophomore was playing in his first NCAA Championship match, but earned veteran status tonight as he finished off the Sooners, which also were making their first NCAA title match run. In the end, the Trojan experience and comfort under the lights of the Georgia courts was too much to take.

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