Alcohol Not a Factor in Shaw Incident


According, to Josh Shaw's lawyer, Donald Etra, who is a criminal defense attorney, Shaw wasn't drunk when the incident occurred. In fact, Shaw doesn't even drink, according to Etra. You can read more from Tess Quinlan's Shaw report for USA Today.

Sarkisian Talks Distraction During Trojans Live


Coach Sarkisian would obviously love for this Josh Shaw story to work itself out as soon as possible. The Fresno State Bulldogs enter as major underdogs (over 20 points) looking to upset the Trojans. This Saturday's season opener might reveal a good deal about how USC will handle external distractions during the regular season.

Josh Shaw's Sister Speaks Out


While she was not present at this "family function" Asia Shaw believes her brother's story, praising his efforts to save the 7-year-old boy. Whatever unfolds in this case, rest assured all the compiling reports throughout the day have made for one intriguing, somewhat disturbing, case.

A Run-In with the LAPD for Josh Shaw?


After the LAPD Southwest Division was swamped by media attempting to get information about a possible run-in USC senior cornerback had with the LAPD, which has not been confirmed by a reliable source, the Los Angeles Police Department decided to release this statement about the situation.

This Josh Shaw Story Is Just Weird


Just when you thought everything makes sense; more and more conflicting reports have left everyone wondering what actually happened that night.

Countdown To Kickoff


USC continues in Fall Camp practices as the start of the regular season sits just around the corner. The Trojans and Fresno State Bulldogs kick things off from the Coliseum very, very soon. #BeatTheBulldogs

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.
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