Here’s Your Award Winning Trojans…

Kedon Slovis #9 of the USC Trojans celebrates after defeating the UCLA Bruins 52-35 at the L.A.Memorial Coliseum on Saturday, Nov. 23, 2019. (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)

Adam Grosbard (OC Register)  —  USC quarterback Kedon Slovis was named the Pac-12 offensive freshman of the year on Tuesday, putting a cap on his first collegiate season.

Slovis was the backup entering the season but was pressed into duty by an injury to starter JT Daniels in the season opener. After feeling his way through the second half of that win over Fresno State, Slovis came into his own.

The Scottsdale, Ariz., native threw for 3,242 yards and 28 touchdowns while completing 71.8% of his passes. He threw nine interceptions, but only one in the final three weeks of the season as he threw for more than 400 yards in each contest, the first Trojan to accomplish that three-game feat.

In the regular-season finale against UCLA, Slovis broke the USC single-game record with 515 passing yards, the only Trojan QB to surpass the 500-yard mark in a game.

Slovis finished the season ranked 19th in passing yards and tied for 16th in passing TDs despite missing most of two games with a concussion. He is the fourth Trojan to be named the conference’s offensive freshman of the year, and first since Sam Darnold in 2016.

He wasn’t the only Trojan honored Tuesday as the All-Pac-12 teams were announced.

Three USC players were named to the All-Pac-12 first team: Receiver Michael Pittman Jr., offensive tackle Austin Jackson and defensive tackle Jay Tufele.

Pittman, a senior, is a finalist for the Biletnikoff Award after catching 95 passes for 1,222 yards and 11 touchdowns this season. He previously made the All-Pac-12 first team in 2017 for his special teams work, and was named to the conference’s second team this year as an all-purpose player.

Jackson started every game at left tackle as a junior, his second season as a starter. Tufele, a sophomore, recorded 38 tackles this season with 6.5 for loss and 4.5 sacks. He was a second-team All-Pac-12 selection as a freshman.

The Trojans were also well-represented on the All-Pac-12 second team, with guard Alijah Vera-Tucker, defensive end Drake Jackson, safety Talanoa Hufanga and kickoff returner Velus Jones Jr. being honored.

USC placed six players on the conference’s honorable mention list: Slovis, LB John Houston Jr., WR Tyler Vaughns, WR Amon-Ra St. Brown, CB Olaijah Griffin and kicker Chase McGrath.

ocregister.com

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Just to go long with this no respect thing with the PAC-12, the Arizona player of the year is a Tucson running back named Bijan Robinson. He has a total of over 7,000 yards carrying the ball this season. He averages something like 25 yards a carry and over 400 yards a game. His hero is Reggie Bush. He originally committed to Ohio St. But now he has changed his commitment to Texas. Both out of State schools and away from the PAC-12. He says the coaches at UT are all genuine and not fakes (I wonder if he has… Read more »

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Right now if any good comes out of this situation is that it will unite the USC BOT and administration. Bohn came into a very difficult situation . He probably doesn’t know fully his financial status yet, and doubt if the present bookkeepers were any good. You saw what happened. Don’t know how anyone can let someone in on a scholarship that they paid for and the student has no talent for that sport. You know what I mean. That is really bad and that is the first, first thing Bohn has to fix. Lopes being around so long had… Read more »

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Allen, just read that all the Orange County Register is in trouble, like most newspapers. Sad to hear. I’m sure as a kid and adult, the Orange County Register was to you, like the Herald was to me. On another note, on rumors that Folt wanted a coach she can control. She probably resents not being able to remove or discipline Roy Williams, after his association with the cheating scandal. If sure the BOT’s there said something like “over our dead Tarheel bodies”. The power she must now feel by having Caruso and the BOT’s in her back pocket must… Read more »

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All SJW’s are naive. They don’t understand how the real world works. They only value the oppression Olympics and victim-hood status.

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It’s Day 17 since the USC/UCLA game. Clay Helton is still here. Clancy Pendergast is still here. John Baxter is still here. We’re still not sure if Graham Harrell will be here tomorrow. Early Signing Day is eight days away, SC’s class is #71 in the country and 11th in the Pac-12, and TWO 3-star lineman have decommitted since Clay was retained. Iowa has already held 3 bowl practices. We won’t hold our first one until Friday, and, coming full circle to Clay’s first losing bowl game as permanent head coach (when we only held 7 light practices for bowl… Read more »

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Its truly amazing. No bowl practices. No coaching changes. Same old Helton. Does Folt expect different results? If so, she’s insane.

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Austin Jackson as a junior may be going to the nfl. What I read he is a first round pick in several mock drafts. Good for him, not so good for USC.

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Congrats to the winners! Kids that are Fighting On! Meanwhile, it’s been 17 days since our reg season closed. Clancy is still here. Baxter is still here. We have no idea whether Harrell will be here next year. It appears we have COMPLETELY forsaken the early signing period. Since it has worked so well for him, Clay is apparently going to keep lame ducks on his staff around for the bowl practices. THAT should be a wonderful exercise in morale. Totally dysfunctional department, can’t get anything done. Again, the next morning after Texas’ last game, Hermon fired his OC and… Read more »

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One thing going against Herman is his record. He isn’t getting it done like Texas was thinking he would and is on the hotseat. That could influence the Harrell decision, knowing it could be one year at Texas, then what? The USC offer will influence him also.

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Do you really have confidence that USC can beat Texas in a bidding war? Hell, Texas may end up paying Harrell close to what Helton makes! But the biggie here is, if I am Harrell, I ask myself whether I want my name tethered to Clay Helton going forward, or Tom Herman. If Herman is fired tomorrow, he would be snatched up by a reputable program fairly quickly based upon what he accomplished at Houston before the Longhorns got him. Clay? Not so much.

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With the talent we have coming back next season, we should be really good if Clay hires good coordinators and stays out of their way.

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Don’t hold your breath. Clay has proven that he will make the same mistakes over and over.

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Any idea when there will be a job opening at USC football? Got to fire the incumbents first. haha

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One guy that got overlooked most season was Vaughns. Other teams were always conscious of him and he took a lot of pressure off of Pittman. St Brown did also but he is getting some appreciation. We have been ragging on the O line for a few years now, and yet here is Austin Jackson getting first team. Then we have Vera Tucker getting 2nd team. It is hard to believe that there is a better safety in the pac than Hufanga. You have him, Mauga, Tufele, and Gaoteote all coming back along with the Drake and Griffin. That is… Read more »

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With these and maybe other awards, it’s not hard to see why someone might think 2018 was a down year. Looking from the outside in, it might seem like the Trojan coaching staff was doing a bang up job. But when someone brings this up, ask them why Slovis was sitting on the bench for the first game. That is the key to why it was luck rather than skill that brought us our record this year.

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Hard to say what would have happened if JT had stayed healthy. Could have been worse or could have been better, but I sure do think we got a great one in Slovis no matter how we got him. Now, will he be starter next season? I am holding my breath as historically Helton has a hard time with change.

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I can’t wait to see how Helton “backs into” the QB decision next season. He will get lambasted no matter who is chosen because he will try to escape being responsible for it. If I were either QB, I would try deferring to the other in starting the Alabama game who will probably have to get helped off the field in the first half, maybe the first quarter. No way Helton’s 3-stars are going to stop Saban’s 5-stars.

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Kedon Slovis & Michael Pittman deserve this recognition and more due to what they had to overcome.