USC Saturday Buzz: 10 Players To Watch

If you asked me after spring practice who are 10 players to watch this season, here’s five on offense and five on defense. These 10 will have a big say on the Trojans’ fortunes this season:

  • QB Caleb Williams
  • RB Travis Dye
  • RB Austin Jones
  • WR Mario Williams
  • WR Brenden Rice
  • DE Romello Height
  • DT Tuli Tuipulotu
  • LB Shane Lee
  • CB Mekhi Blackmon
  • S Calen Bullock

84 thoughts on “USC Saturday Buzz: 10 Players To Watch

  1. I’d replace Austin Jones (who might get 8 carries a game) with Kyle Ford on that list. Ford is the only big WR on the roster, and he now seems fully recovered from ACL reconstruction.

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      1. I hope Ford can fit right in and replace Kyle Drake from last year. That would be tremendous to the team and season.

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  2. Good list. I’d remove Davis and Rice and replace them with OT Bobby Haskins and whoever is the other top OL. Raesjon Davis also starting to make some noise.

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    1. It really is bogus that Baffert was able to hand off his horses. Kind of like Russian athletes not being able to compete for Russia, but as the ROC team.

      I would be boxing White Abarrio & Simplification. I’d also place a small bet on long shot Tawny Port.

      But I didn’t make it to Pomona or Los Al this morning and don’t wager online.

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    2. GONNA WATCH THE KENTUCKY DERBY. GONNA HAVE A MINT JULIP. MADE WITH KENTUCKY BOURBON. GONNA DO IT ALL IN MEMORY OF MY GRANDMA. ELIZABETH DOWNEY. BORN APRIL THE FIRST EIGHTEEN HUNDRED AND SEVENTY IN LOUISVILLE KENTUCKY. SHE LOVED THE DERBY. R I P GRANDMA

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      1. Maker’s, Knob Creek and Wild Turkey Rare Breed used to be my go to’s.

        But Wild Turkey has a new offering, Longbranch, that I lean towards now, even if UT alumnus Matthew McConaughey makes a few bucks off of each bottle. It’s so smooth!

        But being the cheapskate I am, I usually have all of those on the rocks. For mixing, my buddy Jim Beam. 🙂

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      2. I prefer Old Forrester 86 proof (not the 100 proof) over Makers Mark, Buffalo Trace, Knob Creek; all of which are more popular. Haven’t tried Blanton’s or Woodford which I believe is a Derby sponsor.

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      3. Just finished a bottle of Buffalo Trace. It was decent.

        Woodford is good, but I’m telling you, for the same $40 you should try the Longbranch.

        I’m dying to try Blanton’s also, but won’t buy it on the secondary market. That’s the only place you can find it right now. Small retailers who double the price.

        See my previous reference to being a cheapskate. 😉

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      4. Yeah, Tirebiter, $25 for a 1.75L! LOL

        If I’m filling the glass with ginger ale or Coke, it’ll do the job. But on the rocks? One of the others for sure!

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  3. Scott: Good list, but I will also include these key players:
    Andrew Vorhees- Offensive lineman
    Bobby Haskins- Offensive lineman
    Corey Foreman- Defensive End. Has to live up to the hype this season!
    Brandon Pilli- Defensive Tackle. Will he stay injury free and play up to his talent level.
    One key unknown Offensive Lineman from the Transfer portal
    One key unknown Offensive Lineman from the Transfer Portal
    One key unknown Outside Linebacker from the Transfer Portal

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    1. That would have been good, Tirebiter. But after the race is over, we can all pick a winner.

      I posted the winner 3 minutes before you wrote this. 🙂

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    1. The horse did not like that dude! I was yelling at the TV for him to let the horse go. Thought the horse was going to get hurt and the guy was being stubborn about winning the battle.

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    1. It really was amazing, especially with the way he had to pull up when he realized he wasn’t going to squeeze between the rail and the horse in the blue & yellow.

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      1. BestDerby I’ve seen since MINE THAT BIRD WITH CALVIN BO RAIL UP. THEY ASKED CALVIN. HOW DID YOU SQUEEZE THRU?? HE SAID. AW. HESJUST A LITTLE HORSE

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  4. So strange, MG.

    They didn’t cancel main event due to the weight being missed. Stripped him of fhis belt and only Gaethje can win it tonight! LMAO

    If Oliviera wins the fight, he does not get the belt back.

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    1. Sounds like your typical, dishonorable pugilistic bullshit to me, So Cal.
      #WatchForMcGregorChampionshipFightSoon!

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      1. They were stuck between a rock & a hard place. Namajunas-Esparza was not worthy of being elevated to the main event of a PPV fight!

        Had it been a free event, they may have went another way.

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  5. The two returning players may be the most interesting to watch over the others just to see if the stink of Helton’s coaching can be “coached” out of them. (Tuipolotu and Bullock).

    The rest of the them – almost all new guys – don’t have the albatross known as Coach Helton around their neck dragging them down. So whatever they bring is already a bonus.

    #FireHelton!

    #TryingToGetTheJumpOnMyGeorgiaSouthernAcquaintances

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    1. My posts would look like Ed’s if I had had 8 in the past couple of hours.

      Yours appear to improve! Upper & lower case being used. LMAO

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      1. Owns’ backside! Owns’ backside! Is that all we think about here? How sick are we?!
        #btw,IBetItLikeVelvet

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      1. I SAW MAYWEATHER DESTROY CANELO. BUT. MICHAEL. IF I PROMISE TO TRY AND CONTROL MYSELF IS THERE A CHANCE I COULD BE FORGIVEN AND LIKED AGAIN ??? I MEAN. LIKE. I KNOW WHEN IM IN THEDOGHOUSE. HAHA. RIGHT BRO. ?? A SECOND OR EVEN A THIRD CHANCE MAYBE. ?? CUZ ITS MY MEDS BRO. LIKE. INNOCENT DUE TO TEMPORARY INSANITY ?? LIKE O J WAS MAYBE.

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      2. ….knowing George, the doghouse would be the bestest place on earth if he could squeeze his favorite psycho, Amber Heard, into it with him…

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      3. Yeah, ’67, that’s pretty much what Thorogood said in Move It On Over.

        Better that, than inside the main house dealing with the wrath of a woman scorn.

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  6. The primary reason pinãta rents is not responding is because he did a deep dive on uclol for the last 20 yrs and still can’t come up with 10 players to watch.

    #MiqueyPerez

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    1. Sanchez also said: “You can compete with these SEC schools and now we are on par with them,” Sanchez said on The Herd with Collin Cowherd show. “All these collectives created so that everybody gets a little piece of the action—I don’t know where this ever stops. These bidding wars … It’s the wild, wild west right now. But USC is dishing out some cash and figuring it out.”

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    1. Canelo should not insist on a rematch at light-heavyweight UNLESS he buys himself the exact right ref and the exact right judges [you know, like he had Oscar do when he fought triple G]…….

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    1. It speaks well of you that you called that out, 67!
      Yes, Happy Mother’s Day to all the wonderful women who put up with us and ours!

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  7. Who said that there are more women in heaven than men?– They are the givers of life so they have a built-in advantage of knowing more about living than we do. Or as the old joke goes about a conversation between a guy and God”
    “So God, why did you make women so pretty?”
    “So you would like them”
    And why did you make them so motherly?”
    “So you would like them”
    “But why did you make them so dumb”
    “So they would like you”

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      1. It is a tricky joke, Michael, to say the least. At first blush it looks as if it is sexist, but it is more of a sweet put-down of the male species.

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      1. ….And if women fought the Revolutionary War, we’d be waiting for Prince Charles to become our King…

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  8. That was a great Derby yesterday, but it’s time for NASCAR at Darlington!

    Boogity, boogity, boogity! Let’s go racing, Boys!!

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  9. So Michael, I read some of our exchanges to my wife, and she will laugh at your antics and said the other day in your response to how Notre Dame players are human too, “He sounds like a nice guy”

    Maybe it is true women are dumb afterall.

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      1. Ha! [I hope InsideUSC is where Carol come for her Mother’s Day reading]….

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    1. There are two things SUCLA has always had (or used) better than us, TE’s and FG kickers. I have to give credit where credit is due. (Yes, we have exceptions to that occasionally. But they are consistent on both.)

      Let’s hope LR changes that.

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  10. Hard times require good men
    Good men bring good times
    Good times bring soft men
    Soft men bring hard times

    #NotGabbyApproved

    Happy mother’s day lads

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    1. LOL about the hashtag. That idiot tried to attribute 600K COVID deaths to DT yesterday. As we pass 1M this week, the score is actually approximately DT 400K – JB 600K and he’s had the vaccines the entire time.

      She made excuses about JB not being able to forced people to take the vaccines (that were developed under DT). But they made no such allowances for DT. In fact, many claimed he had “murdered” all the people who died from COVID. They faulted him for all of them, but for JB? Excuses. And blaming everything under the sun for all of their failings, except their policies.

      Morons.

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