SCliff Notes: Shay Fields Could Take Revenge and More USC Football News


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Revenge is a powerful motivator… Remember Shay Fields?

The four-star wide receiver out of St. John Bosco committed to play for Ed Orgeron’s Trojans last year, but things changed for USC and the player when Steve Sarkisian took over in December.

Sarkisian’s staff was not as high on Fields as Orgeron’s was and though the new head coach promised to honor the scholarship offers previous Trojan coaches had extended, it was pretty clear that Fields was not longer part of the plan.

Fields announced his decommitment and ended up signing with the Colorado Buffaloes.

In Boulder, Fields has thrived as a freshman, earning a starting position in fall camp and holding it down through the season. In fact he is Colorado’s second leading receiver, with 257 yards and two touchdowns on the year to go along with a five reception per game average.

With the chance to make a statement against the team that effectively rejected him, Fields will be a player to watch out for on Saturday.

In Other News…

  • It’s really happening this time. The shiny helmets are here and they actually look pretty good. (Reign Of Troy)
  • It’s looking more and more likely that Tre Madden and Lamar Dawson will apply for medical redshirts. (LA Times)
  • Special teams coach Johnny Nansen wants to see improvement from his squad this week against Colorado. (LA Daily News)
  • Is Buck Allen making a case to be considered for the Heisman? Michael Lev thinks so. (OC Register)
  • Johnny Curren has some notes about USC’s Wednesday practice, including good news on the injury front. (ESPN)
  • One area of focus for the Trojans in practice this week is trying to generate more explosive plays. (Bleacher Report)
  • Could John Plattenburg get his first start as a Trojan on Saturday? Steve Sarkisian says it’s a possibility. (Fox Sports)
  • How are the Trojans faring at the midseason point? The WeAreSC staff did a roundtable covering every aspects of USC in the first half of 2014. (ESPN)
  • We took a moment to look at the Trojans’ top plays of the first half of the season. (Reign Of Troy)
  • USC’s athletic department made a lot of money last year. (LA Times)

Stat of the Day:

Buck Allen’s seven touchdowns are tops in the Pac-12 in 2014, tied with Oregon’s Royce Freeman.

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