Devian Shelton’s Departure Means More Youth at CB and More USC Football News


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Forever Young… This weekend, the news broke that redshirt junior cornerback Devian Shelton has left the USC football program and will be transferring away from the school.

For those keeping count, that leaves USC with 75 recruited scholarships after the addition of the newest Trojans from the 2015 recruiting class. In other words, freshman account for more than 30% of USC’s football team.

Specific to the cornerback position, underclassmen account for 75% of the scholarship players. With Shelton gone, just two upperclassmen remain — Kevon Seymour and former walk-on Ryan Dillard. Both are seniors.

The amazing part of that is USC appears just fine with that. In fact, somehow, someway, the Trojans are primed to have one of their strongest secondaries in memory.

In Other News…

  1. For those who have been living under a rock, the NCAA’s motion to have documents relating to Todd McNair’s lawsuit was denied, opening the door for “malicious” emails between NCAA investigators to go public. (Reign Of Troy)
  2. The best source on all things Todd McNair, Dan Weber breaks down what the court’s decision means for USC. (Scout)
  3. Seven former Trojans were invited to the NFL combine, though Gerald Bowman and George Farmer missed the cut. (Reign Of Troy)
  4. Former USC linebackers coach Ken Norton Jr. hit a big break just before the weekend, landing the defensive coordinator job with the Oakland Raiders. (LA Times)
  5. If you’re already ready to look towards next year’s recruiting class, Kevin Gemmell has a look at where things stand in Pac-12 recruiting. (ESPN)
  6. Ben Kercheval wonders if Steve Sarkisian can avoid the pitfalls that saw Lane Kiffin fail with so much recruiting talent. (Bleacher Report)
  7. Ted Miller looks at how the Pac-12 could be back under USC’s thumb in no time, but the days of USC and the nine-dwarves are probably over with Oregon and UCLA charging forward as well. (ESPN)
  8. USC basketball can’t help itself. Despite a lead at halftime, they let the game slip away to Stanford for loss No. 8 in a row. (Daily News)
  9. Caroline Deisley lays out the 3-points of USC-Stanford. Spoiler: The Trojans can’t close. (RipsIt Blog)
  10. Are you apathetic about Trojan basketball? Ryan Kartje maps out how fans are apathetic about Pac-12 basketball, full stop. (OC Register)

Stat of the Day:

Cody Kessler was just 116 yards from breaking Carson Palmer’s single-season passing yardage record in 2014.

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