Friday, April 07, 2006

We're Keeping an Eye on USC

Plenty of buzz surrounding the USC Trojans, past and present. First comes word that Hershel Dennis, a candidate to replace running back Reggie Bush, will miss the season after blowing out his left knee during practice on Tuesday. And Ben Malcolmson, the Daily Trojan reporter who made the team as a walk-on, has suffered a dislocated shoulder, so he's done for the spring. As for some former Trojans, the fallout continues from Sunday's pro day. Bush, the expected No. 1 pick in the April 29-30 draft, has his first endorsement deal. He's the new pitchman for Subway and will be featured on Flush with cash, Bush wasted little time, reportedly purchasing a new Mercedes. And the site Pro Football Talk is reporting (scroll down on page) that former teammate Matt Leinart, who took a bruising for not running the 40-yard dash at pro day, is now blaming representatives Leigh Steinberg and Chuck Price for that decision. The site speculates that Leinart will break from Steinberg and Price and join Tom Condon after the draft. Offensive tackle Winston Justice, whose stock soared after his impressive pro day performance, reportedly has broken ranks with Steinberg. The speculation is that Justice was upset that Steinberg was spending too much time with Leinart. Justice, according to, will land with Gary Uberstine, who has a partnership with former Trojan Willie McGinest and Snoop Dogg, a hanger-on at USC games and practices. Now if you want to see video and analysis of USC's pro day, check out this link (12 minutes in length). We also have a link to an interview with former Trojan tailback LenDale White (7 minutes in length), whose stock tumbled after he participated in only one pro day drill.

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