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Dawson is Back! - From Scout.com

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"It feels great to be back on the field and get ready for the season. It’s my last camp," Dawson said. "It just feels great to be with the team and just be with the guys and just making plays and having fun with them."

Lamar Dawson 100% and ready to make impact - Usc - Scout

Injuries - From Fansided

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Davis has an issue with his hamstring, so he was held out of drills, though Sarkisian indicated that it was not a serious concern. In Davis’ absence, Tre Madden, Ronald Jones II and Dominic Davis saw increased reps. Plattenburg had a hip pointer about 45 minutes into practice and sat out the remainder, leaving Chris Hawkins and Leon McQuay III to pick up the slack.

USC Football News: Davis, Plattenburg Pick Up Injuries

Name Change - from the Ripsit blog

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USC sophomore wide receiver JuJu Smith legally changed his name to JuJu Smith-Schuster this summer to honor his stepfather. The wide receiver decided to make the change last season but the process took several months to become official.

By Any Other Name - USC Trojans

2015 is Mitchell jr's time - from Fansided

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"My confidence is starting to come to me more," Mitchell Jr. said after practice this week. "I can say I’m not the same Steven I was in high school, I’m better. My confidence is up, my weight is up, I’m smarter. So I’m feeling good."

Steven Mitchell Jr. and USC Know It's His Time

Improved Secondary - from ESPN

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There are two main reasons for being optimistic that it will happen this season; one is the overall returning talent that went through some growing pains last season in the new defensive scheme, and the second is that there is a greater comfort level with that scheme between players and coaches under defensive coordinator Justin Wilcox.

Trojans optimistic that talented secondary will progress this season - USC Trojans - ESPN

Alternate History - from ESPN

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History hasn't been kind to Kiffin or his time as head coach of the USC Trojans. There were a lot of questionable choices that led to his ouster before September 2013 had come to an end -- including the way he handled the competition between Kessler and Wittek. However, it would seem in retrospect that his decision was ultimately beneficial for the Trojans.

The Cody Kessler-Max Wittek USC Trojans QB competition two years later - Pac-12 Blog - ESPN

Shades of Pete Carroll - Scout.com

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But it can't stop there. Those tools are only as good as they're used. And the way they're being used right now, the idea of the "final five" plays teaching the Trojans how to finish games is positively Pete Carroll-esque.

Monday Practice Insider - Usc - Scout

From ESPN: "Trojans seek right combination for young, talented offensive line"

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Connelly's challenge is to arrange the left side of the Trojans' young, talented offensive line. The unit will play an integral part in fulfilling the team’s offensive expectations -- to be one of the top point producers in the country.

Trojans seek right combination for young, talented offensive line - USC Trojans - ESPN

ESPN Trojans Preview

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Kessler matches one of the most underhyped TD-INT ratios I can recall (39-5) and wins at Notre Dame and Oregon-which might allow a one-loss USC to ride in without a Pac-12 title.

2015 season preview No. 7 USC Trojans

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Junior wanted to start a new tradition — the tradition of the best linebacker in the country going to USC and wearing that No. 55 jersey. I had big shoes to fill, and I like to think that I carried on the tradition as Junior had hoped — and that guys like Chris Claiborne and Keith Rivers, who came after me, carried it even further.

Junior | The Players' Tribune