As the Trojans were opening the season with a 52-13 victory over Fresno State, several former USC players were handed bad news as NFL teams made their final roster cuts for the season.
Offensive lineman Kevin Graf, who was cut by the Philadelphia Eagles, headlines the group which also includes safety Jawanza Starling, offensive lineman Alex Parsons and defensive tackle Christian Tupou,
In good news, Washington Redskins rookie Silas Redd made the cut, becoming the only USC undrafted free agent to make a squad. Dion Bailey, Morgan Breslin, Xavier Grimble, and George Uko were all cut before the deadline.
Graf graduated from USC this May after starting 38 games for the Trojans. He was an All-Pac-12 honorable mention in 2013.
Starling was cut by the Houston Texans after one season in the league. Undrafted out of USC in 2013, he was signed initially by the Texans before being waived and joining the New York Giants’ practice squad. In November he was re-signed by the Texans and played two games.
Parsons was cut by the Cleveland Browns having spent most of the summer with the team. He had appeared in 16 games for the Oakland Raiders in 2012.
The Arizona Cardinals cut Tupou, who had been claimed off waivers in May. Tupou was signed by the Chicago Bears after going undrafted in 2013, but was released and then added to the practice squad. In November last year he made the active squad but was soon released again. He had brief stints with the Colts and 49ers earlier this year.