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Tough loss on Senior Night

It was another rough weekend for Trojan football after our loss to Notre Dame…on Senior Night. Without QB Matt Barkley, Mitch Mustain played well, but we failed to get the ball in the red zone.

And, of course, our loss came on the hands of another dramatic comeback by an opposing team in the final minutes. It was another heart-breaker. Speaking of breaking hearts, I feel so bad for our senior wideout Ronald Johnson, or RoJo. He is one of the nicest players on our team. He was absolutely crushed in the locker room following the game. Here’s to him having a rocking game at UCLA this week.

It’s wild to think we only have three more days left of the season. So sad. But looking to finish strong against our Crosstown rivals, UCLA!

Fight On and Beat the Bruins!

Here are some cool pictures from last weekend:

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Losing streak in Oregon continues…

Another trip to Oregon. Another loss.

Last week’s loss at Oregon State on the hands of thousands of orange and black fans was the fifth straight loss in Oregon in as many years for the Trojans.

There’s something about that 30-degree cold and exposure to nature that doesn’t quite capture the Trojans’ spirit.

While it was a very lopsided score, I felt the score wasn’t a testament to the game played. Up until the late-3rd quarter, I still felt confident we could make a comeback. But it didn’t happen. It’s always rough to lose, one of the things I dislike most. It’s especially tough when your star quarterback goes down.

Our prayers are with Matt Barkley for a healthy recovery after enduring a terrible tackle in the final seconds of the first half and sustaining a high ankle sprain in his left ankle. We don’t know how long he will be out for, but we do know he will continue to Fight On!

While we get ready for the two biggest rivalry games of the year–and two of the biggest in collegiate sports–take a look at these photos from last week’s loss:

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Trojan Takeover in Tuscon

It has been classified as the best win of the year for our squad. Against a great opponent, AP No. 18 Arizona, the USC Trojans dominated on all three facets of the game to get a signature win. On the road. Against a ranked opponent.

While the offensive statistics don’t jump out at you like they did against Cal, the O played incredibly. On the back–and feet of running back Marc Tyler (31 carries for 160 yards)–the Trojans ate up clock and scored touchdowns. Defensively, the Trojans stifled a high-powered Arizona offense led by senior quarterback Nick Foles. They forced turnovers, quickly turning them into points for the Trojan O.

And remarkably, the special teams continues to dominate. If it wasn’t for an offside penalty on Arizona’s final PAT attempt, USC would have been the first team to take back a blocked extra point for a touchdown in consecutive games. BUT, the penalty overturned that exciting play. Regardless, special teams coach John Baxter has made USC’s special teams one of the best in the country, making our squad so valuable in every game.

We’re gearing up for Oregon State this week, and fly out tomorrow afternoon to Corvallis. Temperatures will hover around 40 degrees during the weekend, with a high percentage of rain. To keep it simple, it will be miserable. But, are equipment team has packed a few extra trunks this week, filled with warmer clothing for all players and staff members. Don’t you worry, we are ready for God’s call.

We’re going to Fight On! in Corvallis.

But first, enjoy these pictures from last week’s gem:

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Domination of Cal: Back to the Good Ol’ Days

I’m still living off the excitement off Saturday’s game. It was an extraordinary performance by our Trojans. Everything seemed to click: The offense continued to roll, dialing up over 600 yards of offense, against the 6th ranked pass defense in the country. The defense played its best game of the year, as the 1st team defense allowed only three first downs. The special teams continued to dominate. Joe Houston was 7-7 on PATs, made two field goals and pooched punted down to the 8-yard line.

It was an incredible game, especially that first half. I couldn’t stop from looking back to my first year as a Jimoke: the 2008 season. That year, our defense dominated each and every team and our offense scored points like it was trendy.

It was the ultimate game for the Trojans to have to get momentum for the bye week, and a visit from No. 1 ranked Oregon in two weeks. It’s going to be incredible.

Here’s to the upward trend; to the future. And here’s to Oregon on October 30. I already can’t wait.

Fight On!

But first, please enjoy these pictures from USC-Cal:

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Preparing for Virginia

Eight days after our victory in Honolulu, the Trojans are just a day away from competing once again.

Tomorrow is our home opener at the LA Coliseum against Virginia.

And we are pumped! Last night, the Jimokes spent hours shining up and polishing the helmets–making them look great for game day!

We spent the morning dressing the players’ shoulder pads with game jerseys. And the usual Friday Walk-Thru is at 4:00. Following the walk-thru, there will be a Jock Rally in Heritage Hall, before departing for our hotel.

We should have a great night, and a great Game Day tomorrow!

I will be back in a couple days to post our recap, including photos.

Fight On! Beat the Cavaliers!

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Delays…

Apologies to those awaiting the Jimoke bios. Technical difficulties and long days at Camp have limited my time around the computer, and thus the Jimokes blog.

But the new Jimoke Bios are coming soon. Stay tuned.

In other news, we just finished our second night practice of Fall Camp. And it was awesome. While the players and coaches rage about practicing under the lights, we also love to be out in the black night.

We all get fired up for night football!

Fight On!

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Trojan Roundup

Well, it’s been a busy past couple of days with USC Football. We opened camp on Wednesday with a morning walk-thru and a three-hour practice in the afternoon. Only to follow that up with another walk-thru and three-hour practice today. It sure rings fall camp.

The sun has been out in full force, and let it be known we have a few guys with some nasty sunburns, including yours truly.

And the Jimokes have been hard at work, with all our various managerial duties. With a few (minor) exceptions, we have been near flawless. And invisible. But there is always room to improve, and with the 20-some days of camp, we will be polished by the end of it.

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One of the most exciting things for the 2010-11 season is a brand new football, used for practices and games.

To get you caught up, John David Booty played with a small girth football with a red interlock SC logo. Mark Sanchez played with a large girth ball with a silver interlock SC logo. And Matt Barkley played with that same ball all last season.

Gold interlock SC football

Gold interlock SC football

But after experiencing with both types of footballs during the offseason, Barkley decided he preferred the smaller girth balls. But here comes the change.

The equipment staff decided to go retro. Six years retro.

We brought back the small girth footballs with a gold SC interlock logo. Matt Leinart used the gold ball during his time as the USC field general.

And the fresh balls look great. But most importantly, quarterback Matt Barkley likes how they feel.

As student managers, our principle duty is to maximize the potential the players can reach at practice. And making sure our footballs are picture perfect is a great example of that.

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In the coming days, I will begin posting pictures, bios and an updated roster for the 2010-11 Jimoke squad. We are fired up with our new crew…and our loyal followers need to get to know them.

Stay tuned. And Fight On!

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