Friday, April 25, 2008

Rainiers slugger Clement looks like answer for Mariners - Tacoma News-Tribune
Three years ago, after the Mariners made Jeff Clement the No. 3 overall selection of the most precociously gifted class in the history of the amateur draft, a Baseball America scouting report on the University of Southern California catcher touted his “light-tower power,” his “short, compact left-handed swing,” and his “outstanding makeup.”

The magazine also noted Clement’s improved “set up, mechanics, blocking and arm speed.”

Former general manager Pat Gillick, then working as a Mariners consultant, wasn’t as sold on Clement’s defense...

...The ambitious overhaul of Clement’s mechanics has produced the top all-around catching prospect in baseball...

Also, Former USC star Clement waiting for his chance - LA Times
Clement improving behind the plate - Seattle P-I
Shattered Dreams - Arizona Republic
Serving up pizza and iced tea to hungry folks at her parents' restaurant in Prescott is not where Kalyn Keller pictured herself...

...Kalyn, a graduate of Arcadia High School, and student at the University of Southern California, competed in the 2004 Summer Games in Athens, Greece...

..."The last thing you're thinking of going into a big competition is I wonder what the bad bacteria count in this water is. You expect that all these things have been discussed and taken care of before."

Kalyn was diagnosed with Crohn's, a chronic inflammatory bowel disease of the intestines...

Thursday, April 24, 2008

USC is one of the top suppliers of NFL talent - OC Register
...This year's Pro Day was like a Middle Eastern bazaar. Teams could find almost anything they wanted, from a strong-armed quarterback (John David Booty) to a menacing nose tackle (Sedrick Ellis).

Saturday's draft will have a heavy USC flavor: Three Trojans are viewed as likely first-rounders; six are projected to go among the first 60 picks. USC sent more players to this year's Senior Bowl (nine) and to the NFL scouting combine (12) than any other school...

...The fact that you can debate which USC class will have the biggest NFL impact is pleasant news for Carroll. He inherited a program that averaged three drafted players a year and now gets an average of nearly seven players taken...
[Myers] AFL boss pushes son for NFL draft - NY Daily News
...The NFL draft is always full of family affairs and this year's story is about one commissioner waiting to hear another call out his son's name.

"Commissioner (Roger) Goodell has been a long-time friend," said David Baker, the commissioner of the Arena Football League. "I always told him, 'I sure hope you can handle Sammy's name.' Sam Baker is pretty easy."

Although Sam Baker's stock dropped after a senior year at USC that was marred by rib and hamstring injuries, the 6-5, 309-pound left tackle is still projected to be drafted in the second round Saturday. One GM said Baker could be moved inside to play guard.

David Baker would love to hear Goodell announcing his son's selection because that means he's a first-round pick...

Monday, April 21, 2008

It's a 'tankless' job - Cincy Enquirer
Pro Football Weekly's 2008 NFL Draft Guide describes Southern Cal defensive tackle Sedrick Ellis as being "built like a tank with broad shoulders and a powerful base."

Ellis, one of the top two tackles in the draft and a player many mock drafts say will end up with the Bengals with the ninth overall pick, enthusiastically concurs with the "tank" assessment.

He carries 309 pounds on a frame that is just a shade taller than 6 feet.

"A lot of people like taller tackles, but I think my height is just great," Ellis said at the NFL Scouting Combine in February. "You get these big 6-5 (offensive) linemen, and I can get up underneath them and uproot them out of what they're trying to do. Great (foot) work, great hands and the leverage I think works to my advantage a lot."...

Also, INTERIOR DECIMATOR - New Orleans Times-Picayune
USC DT Ellis on Ravens' draft radar - Baltimore Sun
USC tackle prominent on wish list for defense - Columbus Dispatch
Ellis feels he already belongs - Inland Empire Press Enterprise
Elite Trojan - St Louis Post-Dispatch
At the end of last season, Southern California coach Pete Carroll referred to Keith Rivers as the "model Trojan." More precisely, Rivers proved to be the model Trojans linebacker.

Only the best USC linebackers get to wear jersey No. 55. Rivers joined the ranks of Willie McGinest, Junior Seau and Chris Claiborne in wearing that number for the Trojans.

"That's a big tradition," Rivers said. "Great linebackers have worn it and made it proud. I was honored to have it, and tried to do my best to live up to it."....

Also, Rivers is ready to join club - Boston Globe
Linebacker Rivers does No. 55 proud - Cincy Enquirer
Bengals could land USC's Rivers - Dayton Daily News
USC linebacker Keith Rivers - Detroit Free Press
USC has top linebacker - Deseret News
Rivers rising - Arizona Republic
'Bionic eye' offers grandmother the chance to enjoy a view of the future - The Scotsman
..."I can shoot baskets with my grandson. And I can see my granddaughter dancing across the stage. It's wonderful."

The technology is being developed by Dr Mark Humayun, professor of ophthalmology and biomedical engineering at the Doheny Eye Institute in Los Angeles, California.

He said developments in improving the sight of people with blindness were now moving fast.

His team have now developed a camera so small and powerful that it could be put inside the patient's eye, rather than worn on a pair of glasses...

Also, World's First True Bionic Eye - Sky News

Sunday, April 20, 2008

Youth served at USC Huddle - Inland Empire Press-Enterprise
...Despite the score, the Huddle's emerging star had to be redshirt freshman Chris Galippo...All the 235-pound middle linebacker from Corona (Anaheim Servite High School) did was make a game-high nine tackles, with six for losses including three sacks, and two fumble recoveries...

...Galippo wasn't the lone redshirt freshman to shine. Quarterback Aaron Corp had a spectacular day, showing far more than simply the final, game-winning scoring pass he threw from 25 yards out to Travon Patterson. On the day, Corp completed 13 of 16 for 158 yards and two touchdowns.

Again, he wasn't alone...

Also, Patton: Search for Next USC Heisman Winner Begins - Inland Empire Press-Enterprise
USC's Sanchez strengthens his grip on starting job - LA Times
USC quarterback Corp impressive in final spring scrimmage - LA Daily News
Sanchez has 3 touchdowns in final scrimmage of spring - OC Register
Williams Excels In USC Intrasquad Game - Springdale Morning News
Booty proves his ability - Shreveport Times
As one of the most recruited prep quarterbacks in the nation, John David Booty was thrust into the fervor of college football recruiting. Booty's early enrollment at Southern California became the topic du jour on sports talk shows, TV and radio, across the country.

But, it's nothing like the process he's faced leading up to next weekend's NFL Draft. His future isn't in his hands, deciding which school is best suited for him. It's all up to NFL coaches, scouts and general managers, who analyze a variety of numbers — height, weight, 40 time, bench press, Wonderlic scores.

"You almost feel hopeless, and that's the weirdest thing about it," Booty said...
[Streeter] USC's Carroll reaches out to the streets - LA Times
...Few know that about twice a month Carroll leaves his comfy digs at USC, hops in the back of a beaten Camry driven by a former gang member and heads to South L.A. neighborhoods where the snap of gunfire and the anguish of death occur with the steady regularity of a metronome.

These are not recruiting visits. He's trying to save lives.

Most often, he arrives near midnight and walks shadowy streets with that familiar, electric strut, surrounded by little boys, grandparents, crack heads and gang toughs. He empathizes, listens, encourages, laughs. He talks about jobs and kids and marriage, about perspective and courage, about how difficult it must be to be caught in the madness of the streets.

He realizes that some might think he's a fool...