Most Exciting Players Since Reggie Bush and More USC Football News

Nov 7, 2015; Los Angeles, CA, USA; Southern California Trojans receiver JuJu Smith-Schuster (9) carries the ball against the Arizona Wildcats at Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports
Nov 7, 2015; Los Angeles, CA, USA; Southern California Trojans receiver JuJu Smith-Schuster (9) carries the ball against the Arizona Wildcats at Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports /

Who would make a list of the most exciting Trojans since Reggie Bush? Plus USC football news links 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 Word… On Tuesday afternoon, Joe Schad shared a list of the most exciting players he’s seen from the sidelines.

That list began with USC’s Reggie Bush, followed by Johnny Manziel, Tim Tebow, Cam Newton, Vince Young, Adrian Peterson, Robert Griffin III and Tyrann Mathieu.

Bush was a rare talent, checking excitement boxes in every way possible. He produced highlights as a runner, receiver, and returner. He was fast and shifty, bold and unpredictable. Jaw-dropping, is the word that comes to mind.

Schad will get no arguments from USC fans about the number one guy on his list.

But here’s a question for fans, jumping off Schad’s assessment: Who have been the most exciting players at USC since Bush?

Personally, no Trojan has been more exciting in the last decade than Marqise Lee. His performance in a losing effort against Arizona is one of the great individual games for USC ever.

SEE ALSO: Marqise Lee’s Arizona Outing Is One of USC’s Unbreakable Records

After Lee, my list would also contain Buck Allen, Robert Woods, Nelson Agholor, Curtis McNeal, Mark Sanchez and Tre Madden.

That’s leaving out the likes of Damian Williams, Fred Davis, Stanley Havili and Ronald Johnson.

The great thing about this question though, is how different the list might look in a year or two.

It could easily be argued that JuJu Smith-Schuster and Adoree’ Jackson already belong in that number, perhaps even up near the top. Ronald Jones II is barreling towards a place as well.

Think about that, arguably three of the eight most exciting Trojans since Reggie Bush will be suiting up for USC in 2016.

If that doesn’t get you fired up for the start of the season, nothing could.

And Ten USC Football and Basketball News Links…

  1. “Isaiah Langley Suspended for USC vs. Alabama” (Reign of Troy) USC has had a fairly quiet offseason, but not quiet enough as cornerback Isaiah Langley was suspended for the season opener after being arrested at a UCLA frat party back in May.
  2. “Adoree’ Jackson: USC’s One in a Million Man” (Reign of Troy) At Pac-12 Media Days, Adoree’ Jackson referenced the likes of Charles Woodson, Patrick Petersen, Tyrann Mathieu, Bo Jackson, Deion Sanders, Matthew Dellavedova, J.R. Smith, Steve Smith and many, many more to help describe what he is and what he could be.
  3. “It’s senior step-up time” ( Darreus Rogers is working harder than he’s ever worked, getting two steps faster and two steps closer to being an impact player for USC as a senior.
  4. “25 Strongest Units Heading into 2016 Season” (Bleacher Report) USC’s offensive line and receivers made Justin Ferguson’s list of the strongest positional units in the country this year. A concern for the Trojans? Alabama’s defensive backs, linebackers and wide receivers also made the cut.
  5. “Why USC Will or Won’t Make the CFB Playoff in 2016” (Athlon Sports) Three reasons USC will make the playoff? Better QB play, Ronald Jones II and a more aggressive defense. Three reasons they won’t? Clay Helton, the tough schedule and past results.
  6. “Marcus Allen Bobblehead Giveaway vs. Utah State” (Reign of Troy) USC will have a Marcus Allen bobblehead give away for the home opener against Utah State, drumming up interest for the unusually early kickoff.
  7. “Uchenna Nwosu, Jordan Iosefa ready to cause havoc off edge” ( Junior DE Uchenna Nwosu is showing freshman Jordan Iosefa the ropes as similar players at the SAM position.
  8. “PAC-12 SOUTH NON-CONFERENCE SCHEDULE GRADES” (The Comeback) USC once again gets major props for it’s out of conference schedule this season, earning an A+ with honors. Unlike other schedule rankings/grades, this one assigns a grade for each OOC opponent for each team in the Pac-12.
  9. “4-Star TE Brevin Jordan Names Top 10” (Reign of Troy) Four-star 2018 tight end Brevin Jordan named a Top 10 late Tuesday night including USC, UCLA, Ole Miss, Washington, UNLV, Arizona State, Oklahoma, Louisville, Colorado and Ohio State.
  10. “4-Star PF Lance Thomas Names Top 4” (Reign of Troy) The Trojans are a favorite to land four-star power forward Lance Thomas, who named his Top 4 on Tuesday.

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