USC football in the NFL: When Trojan alumni are playing in Los Angeles

USC football alum Sam Darnold will come to Los Angeles twice in 2020. (Steven Ryan/Getty Images)
USC football alum Sam Darnold will come to Los Angeles twice in 2020. (Steven Ryan/Getty Images) /

USC football alumni in the NFL will be heading to Los Angeles throughout the fall.

So you’re a USC football fan who can’t get enough of your Trojans on Saturdays? The NFL will have you covered on Sundays this fall as well.

Trojan alumni litter the pro ranks, creating ample opportunity for fans to check out their favorites in person (assuming in-person viewing is allowed).

In the past, that would have had to involved traveling or tuning in on TV, but the return of the Rams and the arrival of the Chargers, along with a brand new NFL stadium, have changed the equation.

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Obviously, any week you go to watch the Rams at home you could see wide receiver Robert Woods tearing up an opposing defense. Catching a Chargers game could mean witnessing linebacker Uchenna Nwosu terrorizing an opposing quarterback.

But there will be ample other opportunities to see additional Projans in action.

Rams Home Schedule:

  • Sept. 13: Dallas Cowboys
    • OL Tyron Smith
    • DL Antwaun Woods
  • Oct. 4: New York Giants
    • DL Leonard Williams
  • Oct. 26: Chicago Bears
    • TE Darion Clark
  • Nov. 15: Seattle Seahawks
    • DL Rasheem Green
    • OL Jordan Simmons
    • OL Chad Wheeler
  • Nov. 29: San Francisco 49ers
    • No Trojans
  • Dec. 10: New England Patriots
    • WR Marqise Lee
  • Dec. 19/20: New York Jets
    • QB Sam Darnold
    • OL Chuma Edoga
    • OL Toa Lobendahn
  • Jan. 3: Arizona Cardinals
    • LB Devon Kennard
    • DB Josh Shaw

Chargers Home Schedule:

  • Sept. 20: Kansas City Chiefs
    • No Trojans
  • Sept. 27: Carolina Panthers
    • DL Wes Horton
  • Oct. 18: New York Jets
    • QB Sam Darnold
    • OL Chuma Edoga
    • OL Toa Lobendahn
  • Nov. 1: Jacksonville Jaguars
    • No Trojans
  • Nov. 8: Las Vegas Raiders
    • WR Nelson Agholor
  • Dec. 6: New England Patriots
    • WR Marqise Lee
  • Dec. 13: Atlanta Falcons
    • No Trojans
  • Dec. 26: Denver Broncos
    • DL Jurrell Casey
    • OL Nico Falah

Unfortunately, short of playoff matchups, Trojan fans won’t get the chance to watch a number of USC alumni in the flesh in 2020.

The Colts have the most Trojans on their roster with WR Michael Pittman, DBs Marvell Tell III and Isaiah Langley, and TE Xavier Grimble. However, they don’t have any dates in Los Angeles.

It’s the same for the Pittsburgh Steelers, who feature WR JuJu Smith-Schuster, OL Zach Banner and LB John Houston, who signed on as an undrafted free agent.

Other USC alumni whose teams aren’t coming to LA include Adoree’ Jackson with the Titans, Ronald Jones II and Aca’Cedric Ware with the Buccaneers, Deontay Burnett and Nickell Robey-Coleman with the Eagles, Steven Mitchell and Isaac Whitney with the Texans, Cameron Smith with the Vikings, Austin Jackson with the Dolphins, Iman Marshall with the Ravens, Matt Barkley with the Bills and Porter Gustin with the Browns.

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