Sep 14, 2013; Los Angeles, CA, USA; Southern California Trojans linebacker Hayes Pullard (10) and defensive end Leonard Williams (94) and linebacker Devon Kennard (42) celebrate during the game against the Boston College Eagles at Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum. USC defeated Boston College 35-7. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

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Hayes Pullard’s Decision to Stay Huge Win for Steve Sarkisian
(Trenise Ferreira | Bleacher Report)

The fact that Pullard has chosen not to follow in their footsteps is a good sign for Sarkisian, as USC will be light on experienced veteran athletes in 2014. Pullard led the team in tackles in 2013 with 94 and has been a very important member of USC’s defense since he started seeing playing time in 2011. That year, he earned Freshman All-American first team honors.

Way-Too-Early Game-by-Game Preview for 2014 Trojans
(Mike Luca | Bleacher Report)

Though avoiding Oregon and Washington in the rotation again, it revisits every 2013 opponent minus Hawaii and Utah State. Of course, the pressure to excel remains. Can Cody Kessler avenge losses to Washington State, Arizona State, Notre Dame and UCLA? Are draining triumphs against Boston College, Arizona and Stanford each too strenuous to now duplicate on the road? Will Steve Sarkisian and another overturned coaching staff compensate for six departing starters and avoid the classic USC letdown?

Athletes First Signs USC’s Marqise Lee, Xavier Grimble And Dion Bailey
(Darren Heitner | Sports Agent Blog)

Athletes First is arguably the early leader in the clubhouse during the player-agent signing phase, having signed a number of former student-athletes, including a recent trio of players from the University of Southern California.

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