Monday, November 27, 2006

First Team Offense
QB John David Booty, Jr., USC
WR Steve Smith, Sr., USC
WR Dwayne Jarrett, Jr., USC
OL Ryan Kalil, Sr., USC
OL Sam Baker, Jr., USC
OL Chilo Rachal, So., USC

First Team Defense
DL Sedrick Ellis, Jr., USC
LB Rey Maualuga, So., USC
LB Keith Rivers, Jr., USC

Second Team Defense
DL Lawrence Jackson, Jr., USC
LB Brian Cushing, So., USC
DB Terrell Thomas, Jr., USC

Co-Freshmen of the Year:
Taylor Mays, FS, USC

Coach of the Year:
Pete Carroll, USC
Cushing revels in return - Bergen Record
As Notre Dame lined up for an onside kick Saturday night, Brian Cushing's spider senses told him something big was about to happen.

"I had a feeling they were going to kick to me," the Southern California sophomore from Park Ridge said.

That a 6-foot-4, 245-pound defensive end/linebacker is on the front line of the Trojans' "hands" team already says a lot about the "super" athletic powers the former Bergen Catholic star possesses...

..."They didn't realize they shouldn't give the ball to the Bergen County flash," USC coach Pete Carroll said...

Also, Big Day by Jersey Guy - Inland Empire Press-Enteprise
U.S.C.’s Schedule Has Winning Combination - NY Times
...“It’s a little bit of a Rubik’s Cube,” said Steve Lopes, the senior associate athletic director at U.S.C. in charge of football scheduling. “It’s a puzzle that we have to put together.”

And the puzzle piece that best fits this year’s edition of the B.C.S. formula is that U.S.C. is the only team from the six major B.C.S. conferences that did not play a game against an opponent from outside a B.C.S. conference...

...Here is where the luck comes in. U.S.C. scheduled those games about eight years ago...
[Weiss] Trojans have the horses - NY Daily News
USC has taken total control of its rivalry with Notre Dame...

...If there was any year when the Irish figured to stop the streak, it was this one...

...As long as Pete Carroll stays put...the Trojans will be stocked with enough talent to dominate the Pac-10...

... the Trojans already have gained commitments from blue-chip linebacker Chris Galippo of Anaheim and 310-pound offensive lineman James Wilson...

...There were close to 100 prospects from all grades at Saturday's game, and the blowout may have been the best recruiting pitch Carroll could have given to keep the Trojans' dynasty rolling.

Also, [Robbins] USC STAKES CLAIM - NY Post
[Bladshun] Trojans seize the moment - Boston Globe
USC shows Irish why it deserves title shot - Chicago tribune
Trojans proclaim their berth-right - Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel
[Henderson] Trojans are blue-chip BCS title foes - Denver Post
[Keisser] Past not important for USC this year - Long Beach Press-Telegram
[Abrahamson] With convincing win, USC belongs in the title game - NBC Sports
[Walter] Irish lost to a better team - NBC Sports
...What is appalling, all things considered, is how outclassed Notre Dame appeared in both games...

...The last time Notre Dame allowed at least 44 points in two separate games was fifty years ago...

...Notre Dame started 18 seniors this evening and only one starter, offensive tackle Sam Young, is an underclassmen. The Trojans, by contrast, started three seniors and seven underclassmen. You wonder how they do it, the folks at Troy. Sublime weather, beautiful female students, an irrepressibly upbeat coach, the beach due west and Hollywood due north. What's to like?...

Also, Not today, Notre Dame - LA Daily News
[Kelly] Irish face the music vs. USC - South Bend Tribune
Irish return to glory remains on hold - Chicago Daily Herald
Irish believe they should be in BCS - Ft Wayne Journal-Gazette
[Walters] Upon further review: Irish not worthy of BCS - NBC Sports
[Dienhart] What's the fuss about the Irish? - Sporting News