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USC to NFL: Reggie Bush, Jordan Cameron Lead Former Trojans in Week 1

Reggie Bush and Jordan Cameron had breakout performances on Sunday, leading a big day for several former Trojans. See how all the USC alums did in the opening NFL weekend.

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Jordan Cameron is poised for a big year.
Jordan Cameron is poised for a big year.
Jason Miller


Reggie Bush (Detroit) - Reggie Bush may have found the perfect fit in Detroit. He flowed seamlessly into the Lions high-powered offensive attack and had one of the best games of his career, reminding many of the efforts he had while wearing cardinal and gold. Bush had 191 total offensive yards on 25 touches: 21 carries for 90 yards and 4 catches for 101 yards, including this dynamic 77-yard touchdown catch:

Bush also dislocated his thumb and pulled his groin, but played through the injuries.

"[My] thumb's all right," Bush said. "It'll probably start killing me in a little bit once everything wears off. I dislocated it early in the first quarter and it was facing the wrong direction.

"They just popped it back in. Thankfully I was able to tape it up and carry the ball in my right hand."

He's liable to miss a couple of games due to injury, but while he's in there for Detroit, he should be fun to watch.

Jordan Cameron (Cleveland) - The athletic Cameron had a breakout game in Cleveland's 23-10 loss to Miami, nearly totaling his rookie season production in one game. After not having more than 50 yards in any game last season, Cameron was targeted a team-high 13 times, catching nine balls for 108 yards and his second career touchdown -- beating double coverage on a 7-yard corner route.

Jurrell Casey (Tennessee) - Against an inept Steelers offense, Jurrell Casey stuffed the middle of the line for Tennessee. He also provided a solid rush up the middle against the normally prescient-in-the-pocket Ben Roethlisbergerdragging down Big Ben twice, and finished with three tackles.

Clay Matthews (Green Bay) - Besides his flying clothesline on Colin Kaepernick out of bounds and the subsequent scuffle, Matthews was all over the TV screen for all positive reasons.


(via Niner Nation)

He made a ton of plays and was seemingly everywhere for Green Bay. He finished with a sack and eight tackles, including two stuffs in the backfield. Too bad none of the Packers could guard Anquan Boldin.

Carson Palmer (Arizona) - Playing in an Arizona uniform for the first time, Carson Palmer threw for 327 yards (26-for-40) and two touchdowns. He looked really good at times, but also took four sacks and tossed an interception. He knew where he needed to toss the ball -- to Larry Fitzgerald, who Palmer targeted 14 times and connected with eight times, including both TDs.

Robert Woods (Buffalo) - Woods was only targeted twice and only had one catch, but he made it worthwhile. Congratulations to Woody as he grabbed his first career touchdown catch on an 18-yard reception from E.J. Manuel.

Troy Polamalu (Pittsburgh) - The Steelers offense looked bad, but the defense, led by Polamalu, kept them within a touchdown. He finished with six tackles, including this incredible stuff of Tennessee quarterback Jake Locker when he timed the snap count just right.



Others of Note:

Sam Baker (ATL) - 1 holding penalty, 0 sacks allowed (Atlanta's offensive line struggled and Baker wasn't an exception.)
Charles Brown (NO) - 1 holding penalty, 0 sacks allowed (Drew Brees threw for 357 yards.)
Jeff Byers (CAR) - 0 penalties, 0 sacks allowed (Played sparingly in reserve role for offense that scored only 7 points.)
Matt Kalil (MIN) - 0 penalties, 0 sacks allowed (Adrian Peterson had 93 yards on the ground and three total TDs. Minnesota's line allowed three sacks, but only 0.5 by an end.)
Ryan Kalil (CAR) - 0 penalties, 0 sacks allowed (Carolina's offense struggled against a strong Seahawks D.)
Kaluka Maiava (OAK) - 4 tackles
Rey Mauluga (CIN) - 7 tackles (Mauluga had a bad unsportsmanlike conduct penalty with 1:06 remaining that kept Cincy from getting a last-second opportunity.)
Taylor Mays (CIN) - 3 tackles
T.J. McDonald (STL) - 5 tackles
Mike Patterson (NYG) - 2 tackles
Nick Perry (GB) - 3 tackles
Nickell Robey (BUF) - 4 tackles
Malcolm Smith (SEA) - 2 tackles
Tyron Smith (NYG) - 1 holding penalty, 1 false start penalty, 0 sacks allowed
Terrell Thomas (NYG) - 7 tackles
Damian Williams (TEN) - 2 targets, 1 reception, 13 yards

No Impact:

Allen Bradford (SEA), Rhett Ellison (MIN), Everson Griffen (MIN), Stanley Havili (IND), Mike Morgan (SEA), Keith Rivers (NYG), Frostee Rucker (ARI)


David Ausberry (OAK), Khaled Holmes (IND), Wes Horton (CAR), Fili Moala (IND), Mark Sanchez (NYJ)

Still to play:

Matt Barkley (PHI), Brian Cushing (HOU), Fred Davis (WAS), Shareece Wright (SD),