Biggest Transfer Impact and More USC Football News

Sep 6, 2014; Salt Lake City, UT, USA; Fresno State Bulldogs quarterback Brian Burrell (2) rolls out while pursued by Utah Utes defensive tackle Stevie Tu
Sep 6, 2014; Salt Lake City, UT, USA; Fresno State Bulldogs quarterback Brian Burrell (2) rolls out while pursued by Utah Utes defensive tackle Stevie Tu /

Which transfer additions will have the biggest impact for the Trojans? Plus all the latest USC football news from around the web.

Can’t get enough USC football and basketball news? We’ve got your morning dose of all the best content from around the web concerning the men of Troy.

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First Take… A pair of key transfers are set to take the field for USC in 2016 — Steve Tu’ikolovatu and Daniel Imatorbhebhe — but which one will have the biggest impact as a Trojan?

It’s easy to see how Tu’ikolovatu’s impact will be immediate. The Utah transfer joins a Trojan defensive line in desperate need of defensive tackle reinforcements, especially ones with two years of Pac-12 experience under their belt.

Even if Noah Jefferson locks down the starting defensive tackle position for 2016, Tu’ikolovatu projects as a major part of USC’s defensive line rotation.

If he was the fourth leading tackler on the Ute defensive line last year despite being behind the likes of Lowell Lotulelei and Filipo Mokofisi on the depth chart, you can imagine what kind of production Tu’ikolovatu could have on a Trojan line which lost it’s four most productive players from 2015.

RELATED: How will Steve Tu’ikolovatu’s transfer affect recruiting?

The thing about Tu’ikolovatu, however, is that his impact will be limited to one season. After the 2016 season his NCAA eligibility will have been completely used up.

That’s not the case for Imatorbhebhe, the Florida transfer. The tight end sat out the 2015 season due to transfer rules but has four years of eligibility remaining on his clock since he left the Gators after his first spring camp as an early enrollee.

USC could have used Imatorbhebeh’s presence in the thin tight end group last year and now he’ll get the chance to prove that he deserves a place in the mix with Taylor McNamara, an Oklahoma transfer himself, and Tyler Petite.

Imatorbhebhe falls somewhere on the spectrum between the blocking-oriented McNamara and pass-catching weapon Petite. That means he could build a role for himself in the offense as a player capable of doing both jobs as the need arises.

The Trojans haven’t made tight ends a focal point of the offense for many years, but this renewed group at the position could change that.

With that in mind, Tu’ikolovatu’s impact will certainly be more immediate and valuable for this coming season, but Imatorbhebhe’s impact could spread across the next four years.

And Ten USC Football and Basketball News Links…

  1. “UNC settles with former WR involved in hazing incident” (Yahoo! Sports)USC walk-on receiver Jackson Boyer, who will be eligible this year after sitting out the 2015 season due to transfer rules, reached a settlement with North Carolina for $795,000 over a 2014 hazing incident.
  2. “10 Best USC Running Backs of All-Time” (Reign Of Troy)Who are the best running backs in USC history? We ranked the best of the best from Mike Garrett to Buck Allen.
  3. “Ranking All 128 CFB Head Coaches for 2016” (Athlon Sports)Clay Helton checks in at No. 86 on the listing of coaches this year, which is the lowest of any Pac-12 coach and a full 11 spots lower than Colorado’s Mike MacIntyre.
  4. “USC’s WR position continues to lead the way” ( Weber runs down the WR position in 2016, which is outrageously strong from returning veterans to talented incoming freshmen.
  5. “Every Top 25 CFB Teams’ Most Valuable Asset” (Bleacher Report)Adoree’ Jackson is deemed USC’s most valuable asset for 2016, which seems right considering his three-way impact.
  6. “First Look: Scouting USC WR JuJu Smith-Schuster” ( Jeremiah got an early scouting look at JuJu Smith-Schuster, noting that he plays receiver with a defender’s mentality. He does note some issues with drops, but thinks its more an area for improvement than concern.
  7. “Picking future coaches on all 32 NFL roster” (ESPN)Former Trojans Matt Cassel of the Tennessee Titans and Clay Matthews III of the Green Bay Packers were chosen as future coaches on current NFL rosters.
  8. “Sanchez among athletes to lose millions in Ponzi scheme” (OC Register)Former Trojan quarterback Mark Sanchez had the unfortunate distinction of being among the athletes who were taken in by a $30 million Ponzi scheme of sorts involving an only sports and entertainment ticket business. According to court documents, Sanchez lost nearly $8 million.
  9. “K’Lavon Chaisson Names Top 10” (Reign Of Troy)Four-star defensive end K’Lavon Chaisson named USC in his Top 10 along with favorite Oklahoma,
  10. “Duke Transfer Derryck Thornton Is Great Fit For USC” (Reign Of Troy)Jordan Gettinger takes a look at what Thornton will bring to USC basketball, including top performances and a high-tempo fit.

Stat of the Day:

Xavier Grimble was the last Trojan tight end to exceed 300 yards receiving in a season with 316 in 2012.

Social Media Snapshot:

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