Well, USC won again this past weekend. Beat their rivals from UCLA. That’s five straight for the Trojans. They’re still undefeated.
None of that is normally newsworthy, of course, But THIS IS. They moved UP to No. 13 in the national rankings. 13th! An undefeated Trojan football team. Five spots behind a two-loss Iowa State team!!
What’s going on? This is USC, winners of 11 national championships, seven Heisman Trophy winners, legendary coaches and iconic players. They play their home games in the historic and magnificent two-time Olympic hosting Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum
They play in LA, not Tuscaloosa or South Bend. Or Clemson. How many people even know what state Clemson is in?
This is the school of Marcus Allen and Reggie Bush, Carson Palmer and Matt Leinart, Frank Gifford and Junior Seau. And yes, of Ronnie Lott, arguably the best defensive back in the history of the game.
Well, at least the Trojans potentially have a new Ronnie Lott in versatile, talented Talanoa Hufanga.
A junior from Corvallis, Oregon, Hufanga delivered a spectacular performance Sunday in USC’s wild win over UCLA. Hufanga recorded an amazing 17 tackles, two for losses, recovered a fumble and intercepted a pass.
A semi-finalist for the annual Lott IMPACT Trophy, which has never been won by a Trojan in the first 16 years of the award, Hufanga is listed as a strong safety, but like Lott, he plays all over the field.
Says Trojan Coach Clay Helton: “He’s one of the smartest players I’ve ever had the opportunity to coach and he’s so football instinctive. He’s such a great playmaker.”