Trojans fight for NFL spots

first_imgHalfway through their rookie seasons in the NFL, USC’s newest additions to the league are experiencing differing levels of success. Some former Trojans are making a splash in the league, while others are struggling to find the field. Wide receiver JuJu Smith-Schuster has been experiencing incredible success to date, fitting in seamlessly with the Pittsburgh Steelers in one of the most explosive offenses in the league. Smith-Schuster was named AFC Offensive Player of the Week in his team’s 20-15 win over Detroit for his 193 yards that came on seven catches, including a 97-yard touchdown, which marked the longest passing play in Steelers history. The wide receiver has also been making waves off the field after he posted an Instagram story about his bike being stolen, forcing him to walk to practice. The internet picked up the story and soon #TeamFindJujusBike was trending on Twitter. Building off of his newfound fame, Smith-Schuster celebrated his touchdown on Sunday by running over to his sideline, grabbing a bike lock and locking the bike next to the trainer’s table. The bike incident was not the only moment to highlight Smith-Schuster fame, however, as his creative touchdown celebrations including playing hide-and-seek with teammates have earned him notice around the league. He has 424 yards and four touchdowns through eight games, and has recorded at least 30 yards in six of those eight games so far. Smith-Schuster is now the first NFL player to reach three touchdowns before his 21st birthday.Cornerback Adoree’ Jackson is also finding early success at the next level. He has started all seven games for the Titans as well as commanding punt and kick return duties. He notched three returns of over 40 yards on the season, and flashed his speed and quickness with punt returns of 63 and 80 yards for touchdowns ­— though both were called back for penalties. Jackson has been solid but not spectacular in coverage, and has one forced fumble on the season, coming on a well-timed hit on former Dolphins running back Jay Ajayi. One player unable to find instant success is former USC safety, Rose Bowl hero and sixth-round pick Leon McQuay III. McQuay was placed on the Kansas City Chiefs practice squad shortly before the regular season began, and despite an injury to one of the Chiefs’ starting safeties, McQuay has yet to be promoted to the active roster. McQuay does see a familiar face on the practice squad, however, as former USC offensive guard Damien Mama was also signed to Kansas City’s practice squad after he went undrafted in May. Receiver Isaac Whitney is also  on a practice squad, as he was signed by the Oakland Raiders at the beginning of the season. Offensive lineman Zach Banner is faring slightly better, landing a spot on the Cleveland Browns after being drafted in the fourth round then waived by the Colts. The offensive tackle is on the active roster but has not played significant minutes. Similarly to Banner, offensive tackle Chad Wheeler has made a roster but is struggling to find the field. He has appeared in four games for the Giants, but remains the backup to starter Ereck Flowers. Another Trojan struggling to find the field is running back Justin Davis of the Los Angeles Rams. His first and only carry of the season came in Week 1, as Todd Gurley’s resurgence has made him dispensable. Wide receiver Darreus Rogers was on the move recently, as he was signed on Oct. 6 to the Chicago Bears as a failsafe for their receiving corps. He has not yet been promoted to the active roster, though there is speculation that he will be as Chicago’s receivers have not been performing well. Taylor McNamara was waived by the Browns before the regular season began.last_img read more

Coach Sarpong :I’II survive Ebusua Dwarfs in the League

first_imgNewly appointed Ebusua Dwarfs coach J .E Sarpong is confident he will prevent the club from being relegatedThe former Accra Academy Physical Education teacher faces a herculean task to keep Dwarfs in the First Capital Plus Premier League with nine matches to end the league.Dwarfs are now at the foot of the table and need to win their two outstanding games in other to be in contention for  survival.Liberty Professionals hired Sarpong three seasons ago and he helped to keep them afloat two seasons ago“Those who will be relegated know themselves and Dwarfs are not part of it,” Sarpong told Asempa FM.Sarpong has replaced Professor Kwesi Mintah who could not resolve his differences with the club after no provision was made for him to get an air-ticket to join the side for their CAF Confederation Cup tie against Petro Atletico.last_img read more

FSF urge Premier League clubs to reject £5m Scudamore ‘golden handshake’

first_img Which teams do the best on Boxing Day in the Premier League era? Latest Football News shining MONEY REVEALED Ronaldo warned Lukaku how hard scoring goals in Serie A would be before Inter move The Football Supporters’ Federation have urged Premier League clubs to reject a plan to give outgoing boss Richard Scudamore a £5million leaving present.The proposal comes from Bruce Buck, the Chelsea chairman, who also chairs the league’s audit and remuneration committee and led the search for Scudamore’s successor, Susanna Dinnage. no dice 2 BEST OF REVEALED Every time Ally McCoist lost it on air in 2019, including funny XI reactions Top nine Premier League free transfers of the decade ADVICE Her appointment was confirmed on Tuesday but it was overshadowed by the news that Buck had informally asked his fellow club bosses to contribute £250,000 each to thank Scudamore for his 19-year record of negotiating bumper broadcast deals.In a statement, the FSF said: “Premier League clubs have always told fan groups that budgets are planned in advance and there’s not a surplus of cash lying around from their extremely lucrative TV deal.“In the meantime, loyal football supporters continue to be inconvenienced by fixture changes to fit TV schedules, often losing out on travel costs or struggling to get to and from games in the first place. Forbes list reveals how much Mayweather, Ronaldo and Messi earned this decade Son ban confirmed as Tottenham fail with appeal to overturn red card Berahino hits back at b******t Johnson criticism – ‘I was in a dark place at Stoke’ Oxlade-Chamberlain suffers another setback as Klopp confirms serious injury REPLY “Now it appears clubs can stick their hands down the back of the sofa and find £250,000 at a moment’s notice. Fans strongly oppose the ‘golden handshake’ and we urge clubs not to make a decision which is hugely unpopular with supporters.The 59-year-old Scudamore, who has been paid more than £26million during his time in charge, was unaware of Buck’s idea and is understood to be embarrassed that it took the spotlight off the appointment for a woman to British sport’s biggest job. Chelsea chairman Bruce Buck is said to have put the proposal forward RANKED The proposal will cost every Premier League club £250,000 Where Ancelotti ranks with every Premier League boss for trophies won So far only one club, Cardiff, has come out in favour of the plan, and it is understood the proposal will be privately discussed again in London where club bosses have gathered on Thursday for a scheduled Premier League shareholders’ meeting.The FSF’s objection to the idea follows earlier criticism from fans’ groups including Everton’s The Blue Union and Liverpool’s Spirit of Shankly, while former Crystal Palace chairman, Simon Jordan, also said it was wrong, telling talkSPORT: “It’s flawed. He’s done a good job fighting people, there were some very difficult personalities and some very difficult conundrums.“But this doesn’t mean he should be getting a £5million golden goodbye.” Premier League Team of the Season so far, including Liverpool and Leicester stars 2 huge blow last_img read more