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2012 USC Trojans football team

2012 USC Trojans football
Georgia Tech, L 7–21
Conference Pacific-12 Conference
South Division
2012 record 7–6 (5–4 Pac-12)
Head coach Lane Kiffin (3rd year)
Offensive coordinator Kennedy Polamalu (3rd year)
Offensive scheme West Coast, pro-style offense with multiple formations
Defensive coordinator Ed Orgeron (3rd year)
Base defense 4–3
Captain Matt Barkley
Captain Khaled Holmes
Captain TJ McDonald
Captain Nickell Robey
Home stadium Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum (93,607, grass)
2012 Pacific-12 football standings
Conf     Overall
Team   W   L         W   L  
North
#2 Oregon x   8 1         12 1  
#7 Stanford xy   8 1         12 2  
#20 Oregon State   6 3         9 4  
Washington   5 4         7 6  
California   2 7         3 9  
Washington State   1 8         3 9  
South
UCLA x   6 3         9 5  
Arizona State   5 4         8 5  
USC   5 4         7 6  
Arizona   4 5         8 5  
Utah   3 6         5 7  
Colorado   1 8         1 11  
Championship: Stanford 27, UCLA 24
† – BCS representative as conference champion
‡ – BCS at-large representative
x – Division champion/co-champions
y – Championship game participant
As of January 8, 2013; Rankings from AP Poll

The 2012 USC Trojans football team represented the Georgia Tech.

Contents

  • Before the season 1
  • Personnel 2
    • Coaching Staff 2.1
    • Returning starters 2.2
      • Offense (9) 2.2.1
      • Defense (7) 2.2.2
      • Special teams (2) 2.2.3
    • Roster 2.3
    • Depth chart 2.4
    • Recruiting class 2.5
  • Schedule 3
  • Game notes 4
    • Hawaii 4.1
    • Syracuse 4.2
    • Stanford 4.3
    • California 4.4
    • Utah 4.5
    • Washington 4.6
    • Colorado 4.7
    • Arizona 4.8
    • Oregon 4.9
    • Arizona State 4.10
    • UCLA 4.11
    • Notre Dame 4.12
    • Georgia Tech (Sun Bowl) 4.13
  • Rankings 5
  • Statistics 6
    • Scores by quarter (Pac-12 opponents) 6.1
  • References 7
  • External links 8

Before the season

The USC Trojans play their home games at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum.

On December 22, 2011, All-American quarterback Matt Barkley announced that he would be returning to USC for his senior season to complete some "unfinished business" for the Trojans.[3]

Along with Barkley, who was a leading Heisman candidate,[4][5] the Trojan offense returns nine starters, including 2011 All-Conference center Khaled Holmes, a thousand-yard rusher from 2011 in senior running back Curtis McNeal, and two thousand-yard receivers in Robert Woods and Marqise Lee. In addition, former Penn State running back Silas Redd transferred to USC and will be immediately eligible to play during the 2012 season.[6] The addition of Redd means the USC offense now boasts two thousand-yard rushers, two thousand-year receivers, and a 3,500-yard passer from the 2011 season.

On defense, the Trojans return seven starters and four All-Conference players, including first-team All-Conference performers in safety T. J. McDonald and cornerback Nickell Robey, senior defensive end Wes Horton, and the team's co-leading tacklers in sophomore linebackers Hayes Pullard and Dion Bailey, who was named the Pac-12 Freshman Defensive Player of the Year in 2011.[7]

USC returns 18 starters and thirteen All-Conference performers in 2012.[8] The most significant loss on offense came with the early departure of left

  • Official website

External links

  1. ^ "Sorry, USC coach Lane Kiffin doesn't deserve fast track out of L.A.". The Sporting News. November 19, 2012. 
  2. ^ [1]
  3. ^ Klein, Gary (December 22, 2011). "Matt Barkley Will Return to USC for Senior Season".  
  4. ^ Gemmell, Kevin (February 15, 2012). "Matt Barkley tops Heisman odds". ESPN.com. Retrieved February 15, 2012. 
  5. ^ Gould, Izzy (February 14, 2012). "Famed Odds Maker Danny Sheridan Thinks Alabama QB AJ McCarron Has a Shot at the Heisman Trophy". al.com. Retrieved February 14, 2012. 
  6. ^ a b Moore, Jordan (July 31, 2012). "Silas Redd to USC". USC Athletics. Retrieved July 31, 2012. 
  7. ^ "All-Pac-12 Conference Football Team". Pacific 12 Conference. November 28, 2011. Retrieved November 28, 2011. 
  8. ^ a b Moura, Pedro (April 23, 2012). "Analyzing the 2012 depth chart". ESPNLosAngeles.com. Retrieved April 23, 2012. 
  9. ^ "Player Bio: Soma Vainuku". USC Athletics. Retrieved April 23, 2012. 
  10. ^ "Wes Horton Profile". USC Athletics. Retrieved April 23, 2012. 
  11. ^ a b c d Lev, Michael (April 17, 2012). "Dissecting USC’s Depth Chart: Defense, Specialists".  
  12. ^ Moura, Pedro (July 31, 2012). "An update on Devon Kennard's options". ESPNLosAngeles.com. Retrieved July 31, 2012. 
  13. ^ "USC No. 1 In AP Top 25 Rankings, Alabama No. 2 And LSU No. 3".  
  14. ^ Lev, Michael (April 17, 2012). "Dissecting USC’s Post-Spring Depth Chart: Offense".  
  15. ^ Stanford's Taylor, Stanford's Gardner and Utah's Hackett named Pac-12 players of the week, Pacific-12 Conference, September 17, 2012
  16. ^ "Southern Cal-UCLA Preview". ESPN.com. November 17, 2012. Archived from the original on November 19, 2012. 
  17. ^ Bishop, Greg (November 16, 2012). "The Back and the Coach Behind U.C.L.A.’s Revival".  
  18. ^ "Matt Barkley: No Punches Thrown." ESPN Los Angeles. Retrieved January 16, 2013.

References

1 2 3 4 Total
USC 14 17 0 10 41
Pac-12 Opponents 7 3 13 7 30

Scores by quarter (Pac-12 opponents)

Statistics


Ranking movements
Legend: ██ Increase in ranking. ██ Decrease in ranking.
NR = Not ranked. RV = Received votes. ( ) = First place votes.
Week
Poll Pre 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 Final 
AP 1 (25) 2 (11) 2 (8) 13 13 13 11 11 10 18 21 21 RV RV  
Coaches' 3 (19) 2 (14) 3 (11) 12 13 12 9 9 8 17 22 21 RV RV  
Harris Not released 10 11 9 16 18 18 RV RV Not released 
BCS Not released 10 9 17 19 18 NR NR Not released

Rankings


Reports surfaced weeks after the game of a postgame altercation in the locker room which may have started over the younger players criticizing Matt Barkley for not playing in the game and his leadership in general, which led to several upperclassmen, including T.J. McDonald, coming to his defense.[18] It was another incident that marked the close of a disappointing season for USC.

1 2 3 4 Total
Trojans 0 7 0 0 7
Yellow Jackets 0 7 7 7 21

Georgia Tech (Sun Bowl)

In 2011, USC defeated the Notre Dame Fighting Irish, 31–17. USC has won nine of the last ten meetings against Notre Dame. ESPN's "College GameDay" show was at the game.

1 2 3 4 Total
#1 Fighting Irish 10 6 3 3 22
Trojans 0 10 0 3 13

Notre Dame

4th quarter scoring: USC – Marqise Lee 14-yard pass from Barkley (Robert Woods pass from Barkley); UCLA – Franklin 29-yard run (Fairbairn kick).

3rd quarter scoring: USC – George Uko 0-yard fumble recovery (Heidari kick failed); UCLA – Hundley 3-yard run (Fairbairn kick).

1st quarter scoring: UCLA – Brett Hundley 1-yard run (Ka'i Fairbairn kick); UCLA – Fairbairn 23-yard field goal; UCLA – Joseph Fauria 17-yard pass from Hundley (Fairbairn kick). 2nd quarter scoring: UCLA – Johnathan Franklin 16-yard run (Fairbairn kick); USC – Nelson Agholor 33-yard pass from Matt Barkley (Andre Heidari kick); USC – Randall Telfer 2-yard pass from Barkley (Heidari kick).

The matchup was the first time since 2005 that UCLA and USC met as ranked teams. It was also the first time since 2001 that the Bruins entered the game ranked higher than the Trojans.[16][17]

UCLA defeats USC 38-28 in the Rose Bowl
1 2 3 4 Total
#21 Trojans 0 14 6 8 28
#17 Bruins 17 7 7 7 38

UCLA

USC seeks to avenge a loss to the Arizona State Sun Devils in 2011.

1 2 3 4 Total
Sun Devils 7 7 3 0 17
#21 Trojans 7 7 14 10 38

Arizona State


4th quarter scoring: ORE - Kenjon Barner 5-yard run (Beard kick); USC - Randall Telfer 3-yard pass from Barkley (Heidari kick); ORE - Kenjon Barner 22-yard run (Beard kick); USC - Lee 3-yard pass from Barkley (Two-point conversion failed)

3rd quarter scoring: USC - Silas Redd 2-yard run (Heidari kick); ORE - Kenjon Barner 9-yard run (Beard kick); USC - Silas Redd 3-yard run (Heidari kick); ORE - Josh Huff 36-yard pass from Mariota (Beard kick)

2nd quarter scoring: ORE - Kenjon Barner 27-yard run (Beard kick); USC - Marqise Lee 75-yard pass from Matt Barkley (Heidari kick); ORE - Kenjon Barner 5-yard run (PAT blocked); USC - Robert Woods 7-yard pass from Barkley (Heidari kick); ORE - Daryle Hawkins 14-yard pass from Mariota (Beard kick); USC - Nelson Agholor 76-yard pass from Barkley (Heidari kick)

1st quarter scoring: ORE - De'Anthony Thomas 16-yard pass from Marcus Mariota (Rob Beard Kick); USC - Andre Heidari 39-yard Field Goal; ORE - Josh Huff 21-yard pass from Mariota (Beard Kick)

In 2011, USC defeated the Oregon Ducks, 38–35.

1 2 3 4 Total
#2 Ducks 14 20 14 14 62
#18 Trojans 3 21 14 13 51

Oregon

1 2 3 4 Total
#10 Trojans 0 21 7 8 36
Wildcats 10 3 13 13 39

Arizona

USC beat Colorado, 42–17, in 2011 with Matt Barkley setting a school record with six touchdown passes. Both Matt Barkley and Robert Woods had record setting days as the Trojans cruised to a 50–6 victory.

1 2 3 4 Total
Buffaloes 3 3 0 0 6
#10 Trojans 19 14 7 10 50

Colorado

In 2011, USC beat Washington by a score of 40–17. USC came out strong in the 1st half with a 24–7 lead at halftime. The Trojans held off the Huskies 24–14 to win the game.

1 2 3 4 Total
#11 Trojans 10 14 0 0 24
Huskies 7 0 7 0 14

Washington

USC won the teams' last meeting in 2011, 23-14.

1 2 3 4 Total
#13 Trojans 7 17 0 14 38
Utes 14 7 0 7 28

Utah

4th quarter scoring: USC - Heidari 41-yard field goal; USC - Lee 3-yard pass from Barkley (Heidari kick)

3rd quarter scoring: CAL - D'Amato 26-yard field goal; CAL - D'Amato 35-yard field goal

2nd quarter scoring: CAL - Vincen D'Amato 24-yard field goal; USC - Marqise Lee 11-yard pass from Matt Barkley (Heidari kick); USC - Heidari 40-yard field goal

1st quarter scoring: USC - Silas Redd 33-yard run (Andre Heidari kick)

The Trojans have won the past 8 meetings against the California Golden Bears. In 2011, the Trojans defeated the Bears, 30–9.

1 2 3 4 Total
Golden Bears 0 3 6 0 9
#13 Trojans 7 10 0 10 27

California

Stanford's running back Stepfan Taylor and defensive back Ben Gardner were named Pacific-12 Conference Player-of-the-Week following this contest.[15]

4th quarter scoring: STAN - Z. Ertz 37-yard pass from Nunes (Williamson kick)

3rd quarter scoring: STAN - Taylor 23-yard pass from J. Nunes (Williamson kick)

2nd quarter scoring: USC - Redd 1-yard run (Wood kick)

1st quarter scoring: USC - Silas Redd 1-yard run (Alex Wood kick); STAN - Stanfan Taylor 59-yard run (J. Williamson kick)

The Cardinal have won four of the last five meetings (the Trojans won the 2008 game), with USC seeking to avenge close losses to the Stanford Cardinal over the last two seasons. In 2010, Stanford defeated USC, 37–35, on a last-second field goal that was made possible when the clock operator mistakenly stopped running the clock on Stanford's game-winning drive. In 2011, Stanford defeated USC, 56–48, in triple overtime when USC running back Curtis McNeal fumbled in the red zone. With the game tied, 34–34, at the end of regulation, USC attempted to call a timeout in order to attempt a game-winning field goal, but time had run out .

1 2 3 4 Total
#2 Trojans 7 7 0 0 14
#21 Cardinal 7 0 7 7 21

Stanford

4th quarter scoring: USC: Xavier Grimble 22 Yd Pass From Matt Barkley (Alex Wood Kick); USC - Marqise Lee 4 Yd Pass From Matt Barkley (Alex Wood Kick); SYR - Marcus Sales 17 Yd Pass From Ryan Nassib (Two-Point Conversion Failed); USC - Marqise Lee 3 Yd Pass From Matt Barkley (Alex Wood Kick); SYR - Ryan Nassib 1 Yd Run (Ross Krautman Kick)

3rd quarter scoring: USC - Robert Woods 4 Yd Pass From Matt Barkley (Alex Wood Kick); SYR - Marcus Sales 3 Yd Pass From Ryan Nassib (Ross Krautman Kick); SYR - Prince-Tyson Gulley 8 Yd Run (Two-Point Conversion Failed)

2nd quarter scoring: USC: Marqise Lee 13 Yd Pass From Matt Barkley (Alex Wood Kick); USC - Robert Woods 29 Yd Pass From Matt Barkley (Alex Wood Kick); SYR - Ross Krautman 37 Yd FG

1st quarter scoring: None

The game was played at MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, New Jersey. Matt Barkley tied his own school record with six touchdown passes, Marqise Lee caught three touchdown passes, Robert Woods had two, and Xavier Grimble had one. Dion Bailey had two interceptions on defense.

1 2 3 4 Total
#2 USC 0 14 7 21 42
Syracuse 0 3 13 13 29

Syracuse

4th quarter scoring: USC: Randall Telfer 11 Yd Pass From Matt Barkley (Andre Heidari Kick)

3rd quarter scoring: HAW: Scott Harding 18 Yd Pass From Sean Schroeder (Tyler Hadden Kick); USC: Marqise Lee 100 Yd Kickoff Return (Andre Heidari Kick); HAW: Tyler Hadden 36 Yd FG

2nd quarter scoring: USC: Silas Redd 31 Yd Run (Two-Point Pass Conversion Failed); USC: Robert Woods 2 Yd Pass From Matt Barkley (Two-Point Run Conversion Failed); USC: Andre Heidari 28 Yd FG

1st quarter scoring: USC - Marqise Lee 75 Yd Pass From Matt Barkley (Andre Heidari Kick); USC: Robert Woods 20 Yd Pass From Matt Barkley (Andre Heidari Kick); USC: Hayes Pullard 27 Yd Interception Return (Two-Point Pass Conversion Failed)

USC, ranked No. 1 in the AP Poll, defeated Hawaii, 49–10. Matt Barkley kicked off his Heisman Trophy campaign with 372 yards passing and four touchdowns. Marqise Lee caught 10 passes for 197 yards, including a 75-yard touchdown on the first play from scrimmage, and returned a kickoff 100 yards for another score. Robert Woods added two touchdown catches.

1 2 3 4 Total
Warriors 0 0 10 0 10
#1 Trojans 20 15 7 7 49

Hawaii

Game notes

Date Time Opponent# Rank# Site TV Result Attendance
September 1 4:30 PM Hawaiʻi* #1 Los Angeles Memorial ColiseumLos Angeles, CA FOX W 49–10   93,607
September 8 12:30 PM vs. Syracuse* #2 MetLife StadiumEast Rutherford, NJ ABC/ESPN2 W 42–28   39,507
September 15 4:30 PM at #21 Stanford #2 Stanford StadiumStanford, CA FOX L 14–21   50,360
September 22 3:00 PM California #13 Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum • Los Angeles, CA Pac-12 W 27–9   83,421
October 4 6:00 PM at Utah #13 Rice–Eccles StadiumSalt Lake City, UT ESPN W 38–28   46,037
October 13 4:00 PM at Washington #11 CenturyLink FieldSeattle, WA FOX W 24–14   66,202
October 20 3:00 PM Colorado #11 Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum • Los Angeles, CA Pac-12 W 50–6   83,274
October 27 12:30 PM at Arizona #10 Arizona StadiumTucson, AZ ABC/ESPN2 L 36–39   47,822
November 3 4:00 PM #2 Oregon #18 Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum • Los Angeles, CA FOX L 51–62   93,607
November 10 12:00 PM Arizona Statedagger #21 Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum • Los Angeles, CA Pac-12 W 38–17   80,154
November 17 12:00 PM at #17 UCLA #21 Rose BowlPasadena, CA (Victory Bell/Rivalry) FOX L 28–38   83,277
November 24 5:00 PM #1 Notre Dame* Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum • Los Angeles, CA (Jeweled Shillelagh) ABC L 13–22   93,607
December 31 11:00 AM vs. Georgia Tech* Sun Bowl StadiumEl Paso, TX (Sun Bowl) CBS L 7–21   47,922
*Non-conference game. daggerHomecoming. #Rankings from AP Poll. All times are in Pacific Time.

Schedule

USC's recruiting class was highlighted by six players from the "Rivals 100": No. 16 Zach Banner (OT), No. 18 Nelson Agholor (WR), No. 29 Jordan Simmons (G), No. 40 Jabari Ruffin (LB), No. 46 Max Tuerk (OT), No. 53 Leonard Williams (DE), and No. 82 Kevon Seymour (CB). Despite being hampered by a 10-scholarship reduction imposed by the NCAA, USC still signed the No. 8 recruiting class according to Rivals.com, the tenth-consecutive year that USC has had a class ranked in the Top 10.

Prior to Norco High School, and offensive tackle Chad Wheeler from Santa Monica High School. Safety/cornerback Joshua Shaw, who started three games at free safety for Florida in 2011, transferred to USC in the spring.

Recruiting class


Defense


FS
T. J. McDonald
Drew McAllister
WLB MLB SLB
} Lamar Dawson }
Anthony Sarao Hayes Pullard }
SS
Jawanza Starling
Demetrius Wright
CB
Nickell Robey
Kevon Seymour
DE DT DT DE
Wes Horton Leonard Williams George Uko Morgan Breslin
Greg Townsend Jr. George Uko Antwaun Woods J.R. Tavai
CB
Joshua Shaw (American football)
Torin Harris
Offense
WR
Robert Woods
George Farmer
LT LG C RG RT
Aundrey Walker Marcus Martin Khaled Holmes John Martinez Kevin Graf
Max Tuerk Abe Markowitz Abe Markowitz Jeremy Galten Nathan Guertler
TE
Xavier Grimble
Randall Telfer
WR
Marqise Lee
Nelson Agholor
QB
Matt Barkley
Max Wittek
RB
Silas Redd
Curtis McNeal
FB
Soma Vainuku
Jahleel Pinner
Special Teams
PK Andre Heidari


P Kyle Negrete
P Kris Albarado
KR Robert Woods/ Marqise Lee
PR Nickell Robey
LS Peter McBride
H Matt Barkley

Depth chart

Roster

[11] was declared academically ineligible, and starting left DE Devon Kennard suffered a pectoral injury that could force him to redshirt this season.Isiah Wiley Christian Tupou. Before the season, starting cornerback nose tackle DaJohn Harris, and defensive tackle Chris Galippo, linebacker, Nick Perry defensive end Marc Tyler, running back, Rhett Ellison fullback, Matt Kalil offensive tackle Key departures included [8]USC returns 18 starters in 2012, including nine on offense, seven on defense, and both the starting kicker and punter.

Returning starters

Name Position Seasons at
USC
Alma Mater
Lane Kiffin Head coach 3 Fresno State (1996)
Monte Kiffin Assistant Head Coach 3 Nebraska (1963)
John Baxter Associate Head Coach, Special Teams 3 Loras (1985)
Ed Orgeron Defensive Coordinator, Recruiting Coordinator, Defensive Line 3 Northwestern State (1984)
Kennedy Polamalu Offensive Coordinator, Running Backs 3 USC (1985)
James Cregg Offensive Line 3 Colorado State (1995)
Scottie Hazelton Linebackers 1 Fort Lewis College (1994)
Clay Helton Passing Game Coordinator/Quarterbacks 2 Houston (1994)
Tee Martin Wide Receivers 1 Tennessee (2000)
Marvin Sanders Defensive Backs 1 Nebraska (1989)
Justin Mesa Tight Ends (graduate assistant) 3 USC (2006)
Shawn Howe Defensive Line (graduate assistant) 2 Rocky Mountain College (2005)
Aaron Ausmus Strength and Conditioning 3 Tennessee (1998)
Head Coach Lane Kiffin enters his third season as head coach of the USC Trojans

Coaching Staff

Personnel

USC was ranked number one in The Associated Press’ preseason college football poll for the seventh time in school history and the first time in five seasons, edging out No. 2 Alabama and No. 3 LSU.[13]

On August 24, starting cornerback Isiah Wiley was declared academically ineligible by the NCAA. Sophomore Anthony Brown replaced Wiley in the starting lineup.

On July 31, former Penn State running back Silas Redd announced his intent to transfer to USC in the wake of the NCAA sanctions given to the Nittany Lions relating to the Penn State child sex abuse scandal.[6] Redd will be immediately eligible to play at USC during the 2012 season due to those sanctions. On August 5, Redd officially enrolled at USC.

On July 30, starting Left Defensive End Devon Kennard underwent surgery for a torn pectoralis major muscle.[12] Team doctors told him that it would take approximately four months to fully recover from the surgery, which would make him a redshirt candidate and allow him to return to USC for a fifth year in 2013. Sophomore J.R. Tavai was moved to defensive end from nose tackle in fall camp, and will compete with redshirt freshman Greg Townsend to start at Left Defensive End.

[11]

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