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Tee Martin Mic'd Up

USC offensive coordinator Tee Martin is in control of one of the nation's most talented offenses, but converting ability into production is what coaching is all about. Here's an inside look at the Trojans signal-caller as he groomed the young playmakers during spring practice:

Replacing Hutch

Junior linebacker Cameron Smith is the rock of the USC defense, but the Trojans must replace departed captain Michael Hutchings. Sophomore Jordan Iosefa and redshirt sophomore John Houston Jr. are two young bucks eager to fill the gap and more help is arriving this fall.

Stocked With Talent

USC_Football_UCLA_Rose_Bowl_McGillen_2016_2520.jpgNFL Draft analyst Chad Reuter released his Top 50 College Football Players of 2017 recently, and no school has more players in the Top 20 than USC.

USC QB Sam Darnold comes in at No. 3 overall, behind Houston DT Ed Oliver and Heisman winner Lamar Jackson of Louisville.

Darnold trew for 3,086 yards and 31 TD last season, finishing with the second-best Total QBR (86.8) in the nation. He won the Archie Griffin Award as the 2016 College Football MVP, earned Rose Bowl Offensive MVP honors and was named a Freshman All-American.

USC's two other players in the Top 20 are LB Cam Smith (No. 14) and CB Iman "Biggie" Marshall (No. 16).

Smith, whom Reuter compared to Trojan great Brian Cushing, led the Trojans with 83 tackles last year and was named a Sophomore All-American.

Marshall posted 51 tackles, 8 pass deflections and 3 interceptions on his way to Sophomore All-American honorable mention and All-Pac-12 honorable mention.

Reuter notched USC LB Porter Gustin as the No. 28 player in the nation in 2017, calling him "an excellent run defender" and "an all-around talent worth watching anytime you get the chance." Gustin led the team with 13.0 tackles for loss this year and ranked second in tackles (68) and sacks (5.5).

USC's final player on the list is junior RB Ronald Jones II, slotted at No. 43. Jones, whom Reuter described as "a dynamic ball carrier who's speedy and elusive," led the team with 1,082 yards and 12 TD last season.

In total, only Alabama (7) has more players on the list than USC (5), while no school has more players in the Top 20.

These five Trojans kick off their 2017 season on September 2 against Western Michigan.

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Meet Cary Angeline

usc-spring-game-2017-mcgillen-2272.jpgName: Cary Angeline

Position: TE

Class: Redshirt Freshman

Size: 6-foot-6, 245 pounds

Age: 19

High School (Hometown): Dowington East HS (Chester Springs, PA)

Game: Angeline is a massive target, a power forward playing tight end. While he needs to continue developing his blocking skills and rounding out his game, he brings a size element to the USC passing game which could pay huge dividends in the red zone as early as this season. Angeline is listed at 230 pounds on the roster but has bulked up to 245+ in the last year. 

Prep Career: Angeline made 2015 Prep Star All-American, USA Today All-Pennsylvania second team, AP All-State AAAA first team, Pennsylvania Football News All-State first team and Philadelphia Inquirer All-Southeastern Pennsylvania first team, Daily Local All-Area first team and All-Ches-Mont League Player of the Year as a senior tight end at Dowington East High in Exton (Penn). He had 47 receptions for 826 yards (17.6 avg) with 13 TDs in 2015.

Head coach Clay Helton on Angeline: "The other guy that's really stood out to me and had a really good spring has been Cary Angeline. After a redshirt season, what he's been able to accomplish this spring -- I think he's stepped his game up a level."

Fun Fact: The coaching staff affectionately calls him "Big Bird."

A Lott To Look Forward To

USC_Football_Stanford_mcgillen_2016_DSC_0988 (1).JPGUSC junior linebackers Porter Gustin and Cam Smith were named to the Lott IMPACT Trophy, the Pacific Club IMPACT Foundation announced today.

The Lott IMPACT Trophy, named for USC Football legend Ronnie Lott, is awarded annually to the defensive player who best exemplifies Integrity, Maturity, Performance, Academics, Community and Tenacity (IMPACT).

USC, Penn State, Ohio State and Virginia are the only schools with multiple players on the watch list. The Pac-12 leads all conferences with 10 players on the list.

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Gustin earned the nod after leading the Trojans with 13.0 tackles for loss and finishing second in sacks, with 5.5 during the 2016 season. He also ranked second on the team (behind only Smith) with 68 tackles.

Smith, who's on the Watch List for the second straight year, earned Sophomore All-American honors in 2016 after racking up 83 tackles.

Recently-drafted USC CB Adoree' Jackson was a finalist for the award last season, but Michigan's Jabrill Peppers took home the hardware.

Gustin, Smith and the Trojans kick off their 2017 season on September 2 vs. Western Michigan.

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Find the Five

The USC offensive line has to replace three starters, including two All-American tackles, and the Trojans were unable to learn much from spring football due to injuries. The unit should be healed by Fall Camp, leaving OL coach Neil Callaway tasked with finding his best five up front and then blending them together as one.

Meet Tyler Vaughns

USC-FOOTBALL-SPRING-BALL-040617-MCGILLEN-5275lr.JPGName: Tyler Vaughns

Position: WR

Class: Redshirt Freshman

Size: 6-foot-2, 180 pounds

Age: 19

High School (Hometown): Bishop Amat HS (Pasadena, CA)

Game: Vaughns is a long and lanky receiver who loves to push vertically down the field and rise up to reel in contested jump balls. He has shown himself to be a smooth route runner this spring, taking advantage of his increased opportunities. He is in the mix this fall to fill the playmaking roles vacated by Darreus Rogers and JuJu Smith-Schuster.

Prep Career: Vaughns made 2015 Prep Star All-American Dream Team, Orange County Register Fab 15 first team, Tacoma News Tribune Western 100, USA Today All-California first team, Cal-Hi Sports All-State first team, All-CIF Pac 5 Division, Fox Sports West/Prime Ticket All-CIF, Los Angeles Times All-Area first team, San Gabriel Valley Tribune All-Area first team and All-Mission League Co-Player of the Year as a senior wide receiver and defensive back at Bishop Amat High in La Puente. He had 84 receptions for 1,319 yards (15.7 avg) with 13 TDs in 2015.

QB Sam Darnold on Vaughns: "Tyler's really improved route running and just learning the whole playbook."

Fun Fact: Vaughns prepped with fellow redshirt freshman WR Trevon Sidney at Bishop Amat, the alma mater of USC receiving greats JK McKay and John Jackson.

2017 Football Mini-Plans

USC football mini-plans are ON SALE NOW for the 2017 season, providing you the opportunity to customize your ticket purchases to fit your schedule and budget. Mini-plans are also your only chance to guarantee tickets to the UCLA and Texas games outside of buying season tickets.

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Fans can choose mini-plans in increments of two to seven games. Mini-plans allow fans to purchase only the games they want to attend, as well as save money off single game pricing and get seating preference over individual game ticket buyers.

The Flex Pack allows fans to pick two or more games. The Texas +1 and the UCLA +1 options let fans get tickets to either of those marquee games plus one additional game. The Football Tommy Pass is available in a 6-game (all but Texas) and 7-game package, priced at just $199 and $249 respectively, with seat locations varying from game to game. The VIP Pack gives fans access to two games in the field clubs just a few feet from the action of the east end zone.


2019 Coliseum Seating Plan

The new seating plan for USC football games when the Los Angeles Coliseum is renovated in 2019 is being unveiled to members of the Trojan Athletic Fund and current USC football season ticketholders.

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The renovation will reduce the stadium's current seating capacity by about 16,000 seats, thereby requiring a re-seating of current season ticketholders.  Capacity will go from 93,607 to 77,500 due to such improvements as added aisles, widened seats and increased leg room in many sections and the construction of a new Scholarship Club Tower on the stadium's south side that will include suites, loge boxes, club seats, a new concourse and a new press box.

During the next 15 months, USC Athletics representatives will contact Trojan Athletic Fund (TAF) members and invite them to visit the Coliseum Renovation Preview Center to consider available seating solutions that best suit their needs.  Priority for seat selection will be determined by TAF membership level followed by lifetime giving to USC Athletics.  Then, in the summer of 2018, remaining current season ticketholders will be contacted about their seating options.  Every effort will be made to accommodate those who wish to continue to sit together.

USC Athletics is committed to making the re-seat as fan friendly as possible and providing affordable seating options to all.  Approximately two-thirds of the seating in the renovated Coliseum will not require any Coliseum restoration gift.  The remaining third will be designated for supporters who make a one-time Coliseum restoration gift and are members of the Trojan Athletic Fund.  The one-time restoration gift ranges from $100 to $6,000 per seat, while Trojan Athletic Fund memberships begin at $200 annually.  The restoration gift amounts, which are tax deductible and payable over four years, were determined based on the construction costs associated with seating enhancements throughout the stadium excluding the Scholarship Club Tower.

Student and band seats will not be relocated and USC will work to upgrade the student experience.

A major portion of the Coliseum's $270-million renovation, announced in 2015, will begin following the upcoming 2017 season and will be completed for USC's 2019 home opener.  There will be limited impact in the 2018 season to some current season ticketholders who will be moved to temporary locations.

The renovation is being funded entirely by USC Athletics from Coliseum restoration gifts, sponsorship revenue, non-USC events at the Coliseum and donor naming opportunities.  It will not require any student fees or general university, local, state or federal funds.  With an annual budget of $100 million, USC Athletics is one of just seven self-sustaining NCAA Division I programs in the nation, which means it receives no funding from tax appropriations or student fees.

USC is obligated under its long-term lease agreement to make significant improvements to the Coliseum.  The renovation will 1.) ensure that the game-day experience provides all fans options to enjoy the stadium's new amenities while recognizing the loyalty of Troy's long-time fans, 2.) provide the Trojan football team with a first-class facility and a tremendous home field advantage, 3.) create long-term revenue streams so that USC Athletics can sustain its excellence across all sports for generations to come, and 4.) preserve the historical integrity of the Coliseum.

The Trojan Athletic Fund was founded in 1923 to provide funding necessary to sustain the excellence of USC Athletics' varsity sports. The members of the Trojan Athletic Fund form a global group of more than 5,000 alumni, parents, former student-athletes and friends who directly contribute to the success of USC's 650-plus student-athletes in all 21 sports by funding scholarships, including tuition, books, and room and board costs, at an annual cost of more than $19 million.

Some renovation to the Coliseum has already begun.  New field and stadium lighting was installed for the 2016 season.  New videoboards and scoreboards throughout the stadium will be in place for the 2017 season, replacing the boards that sat atop the peristyle and thereby restoring the iconic peristyle to more closely resemble the stadium's original design.

Other previously-announced Coliseum renovations by 2019 will include:  replacing every seat in the stadium and installing handrails throughout the stadium;  updating Wi-Fi technology throughout the venue;  adding new concession stands and improving existing stands;  upgrading entry concourses;  and replacing the electrical, mechanical and plumbing systems to meet current standards. 

Next Generation Wideouts

With JuJu Smith-Schuster and Darreus Rogers headed to the NFL, the Trojans have a lot of production to replace at the wide receiver spot. The two pass catchers combined to make 126 receptions for 1,610 yards and 14 TDs last season.

USC head coach Clay Helton knew this time would come, so he prepared the program by loading up on wide receivers in the 2016 recruiting class. Between sophomore Michael Pittman Jr. and redshirt freshmen Tyler Vaughns, Velus Jones Jr. and Josh Imatorbhebhe, the Trojans have a bounty of young, talented wideouts ready to seize their opportunity.

Meet Jamel Cook

usc-spring-game-2017-mcgillen-2056.jpgName: Jamel Cook

Position: S

Class: Redshirt Freshman

Size: 6-foot-3, 185 pounds

Age: 19

High School (Hometown): Miami Central HS (Miami, FL)

Game: Cook is a long and lean safety who opened a lot of eyes this spring by creating turnovers in the secondary. He was out most of the 2016 season with a foot injury, but he is fully healthy now and looking to get in the defensive back rotation this fall. With his unique blend of size and athleticism, Cook saw a lot of time at nickel back during the spring.

Prep Career: Cook made 2015 Prep Star All-American Dream Team, USA Today All-Florida second team and All-State Class 6A first team his senior year at Miami Central. Cook played as a defensive back, recording 6 interceptions in his final season. Cook and the Miami Central football team won the state 6A championship title in 2012, 2013 and 2014.

Head coach Clay Helton on Cook: "He has great quickness in pressures, he's good enough to play man coverage, and he's a good run support defender off the edge."

Fun Fact: Cook's cousin is former Florida State All-American running back Dalvin Cook.

Legend Lives On

nfl-draft-twitter.jpgThis weekend, five Trojans saw their dreams come true at the 2017 NFL Draft, adding to USC's unparalleled draft history.

CB/RET Adoree' Jackson was the first Trojan off the board, going in the first round (18th overall) to the Tennessee Titans. USC has had five first-round safeties selected in the past, but Jackson became USC's first true cornerback ever taken in the first round.

The next day, USC WR JuJu Smith-Schuster was drafted in the second round (62nd overall) by the Pittsburgh Steelers. USC has now had a receiver taken in the first two rounds in four of the last five drafts, but Smith-Schuster is the highest Trojan drafted by the Steelers since Troy Polamalu in 2003.

On Saturday, USC All-American Zach Banner was selected in the fourth round (137th overall) by the Indianapolis Colts.

Banner represented the 499th NFL Draft pick in USC history, so Trojan fans waited with bated breath to learn who might become Mr. 500.

Nearly 100 picks later, the Kansas City Chiefs made USC the first school to produce 500 all-time NFL Draft picks by selecting safety Leon McQuay III (sixth round, 218th overall). Minutes later, though, USC added another, bringing its all-time tally to 501 NFL Draft picks, when the Tampa Bay Buccaneers selected DT Stevie Tu'ikolovatu (seventh round, 223rd overall).

Jackson, Smith-Schuster, Banner, McQuay III and Tu'ikolovatu helped USC extend its streak of consecutive years with a player drafted, which reaches all the way back to 1939. Michigan is the only other school who can claim such a streak.

After the draft ended, nine more Trojans got another shot to make a mark.

Wide receiver Darreus Rogers, who caught 56 balls for 696 yards and 4 TD last season, earned an undrafted free agent contract with the Seattle Seahawks.

Wideout Isaac Whitney and guard Jordan Simmons both signed with the Oakland Raiders, where they'll aim to make an impression on Trojan alum and current Raiders head coach Jack Del Rio.

Guard Damien Mama is also headed to the AFC West, signing an undrafted free agent contract with the Kansas City Chiefs.

All-American tackle Chad Wheeler got the call from the New York Giants, while WR De'Quan Hampton signed with the Detroit Lions, LB Quinton Powell signed with the New Orleans Saints, TE Taylor McNamara signed with the Cleveland Browns and RB Justin Davis will stay in L.A. to show his stuff for the Rams.

The 2017 NFL season begins on Thursday, Sept. 7, when the New England Patriots host the Chiefs.

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First to 500

To add to its already illustrious history, USC is the first school to reach 500 all-time NFL Draft picks. Officially, the Trojans are at 501 and counting as Leon McQuay III became the man to crack the milestone.

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2017 NFL Draft: Stevie Tu'ikolovatu

Stevie Tu'ikolovatu.jpgAfter one monstrous year at USC, DT Stevie Tu'ikolovatu was selected in the 7th round (223 overall) of the NFL Draft by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

The Utah grad transfer aced the NFL Draft process, starring at the Senior Bowl before impressing at the NFL Combine and USC Pro Day to solidify his reputation as a top notch run stuffer. He made 53 tackles last season as an indispensable leader on and off the field for the Trojans' defensive line.

Tu'ikolovatu becomes part of USC's storied NFL Draft tradition as the 501st all-time pick, more than any other school. He is the Trojans fifth and final player selected in the 2017 class.

2017 NFL Draft: Leon McQuay III

Leon McQuay III.jpgUSC safety Leon McQuay III was selected in the 6th Round (218th overall) by the Kansas City Chiefs on Saturday.

McQuay III finished his USC career with 24 starts and five interceptions (including one that set up USC's game-winning field goal in the Rose Bowl). He's only the eighth Trojan drafted by Kansas City in franchise history, and the first since WR Larry Parker in 1999.

Remarkably, McQuay III became the 500th Trojan ever selected in the NFL Draft -- more than any other school can claim.

He'll be the lone Trojan on the Chiefs roster, which tied for the league lead in interceptions last season.

2017 NFL Draft: Zach Banner

Zach Banner.jpgUSC OL Zach Banner was selected in the 4th Round (137th overall) by the Indianapolis Colts on Saturday.

Banner was a co-captain in 2016, starting all but one game his senior year. He earned first team All-American honors for helping lead an offensive line that only gave up 12 sacks all season -- the fewest in the Pac-12.

Banner heads off to Indianapolis to protect Colts QB Andrew Luck, a three-time Pro Bowler.

Banner will play his first NFL game at a place very familiar to him: the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum. The Colts are at the Rams in Week 1, on Sept. 10, 2017.

NFL Draft viewers learned of Banner's fate in a unique way, as an orangutan named Rocky at the Indianapolis Zoo announced the selection.

WE Fight On

Yesterday, USC head football coach Clay Helton and four players participated in WE Day California at The Forum in Inglewood.

WE Day is a celebration of young men and women who are passionate about giving back to their communities and changing the world.

Helton, Deontay Burnett, Daniel Imatorbhebhe, Jordan Iosefa and Toa Lobendahn spoke to a packed Forum about the importance of perseverance and teamwork. Other speakers and performers included Selena Gomez, Alicia Keys, Demi Lovato, DJ Khaled, Bryan Cranston and more.

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2017 NFL Draft: Adoree' Jackson

Adoree2.jpgUSC CB/RET Adoree' Jackson was selected 18th overall by the Tennessee Titans in the first round of the 2017 NFL Draft on Thursday night.

The Pac-12 Defensive Player of the Year is the first true cornerback in USC history to be taken in the first round, and he is the program's highest drafted defensive back since Troy Polamalu in 2003 (16th overall).

Jackson is the 80th first round draft pick in USC history, the most by any school. He is the Trojans' 13th first rounder in the last 10 years. 

"I'm ready to get down there and get to work," Jackson said to Tennessee fans after being drafted. "Let's get ready. Big things in store for us."

#USCtotheNFL Profile: Brian Kelly

In its storied history, USC Football has had more players selected in the NFL Draft (496) than any other school can claim. As the 2017 NFL Draft approaches, we took a look back at some of our draft stories.

BRIAN KELLY.jpgAt 5 p.m. PT tomorrow, the 82nd annual NFL Draft begins. The Draft has taken place every year since the very first one was held on Feb. 8, 1936, at the Ritz-Carlton Hotel in Philadelphia, the city to which the Draft returns this year.

Across the past 81 Drafts, USC has had 496 players selected, including 79 first rounders (the most of any school in the nation) and five No. 1 overall picks (tied for the most of any school in the nation). The Trojans have built up this impressive history by having a player selected in all but two of the previous 81 Drafts: the inaugural Draft in 1936, and that of 1938.

At least one Trojan has been selected in every single NFL Draft since 1939, an accomplishment only one other school (Michigan) can claim.

But in 1998, USC nearly snapped its streak. Thankfully, DB Brian Kelly got the call from the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in the second round, but he was the only Trojan drafted that year. Every year since, USC has had multiple players drafted.

Michigan, which has also had a player drafted every year since 1939, has endured seven Drafts with only a single Wolverine selected.

Kelly captained the 1997 USC Football squad, which went 6-5 and remarkably scored the exact same number of points as its opponents. It was a young team that would see 13 other players eventually drafted, but Kelly was the lone Trojan to get the call that year.

During his collegiate career, the DB led USC in pass deflections twice and earned the Davis-Teschke Award for the most inspirational player on the team. His performance in 1997 earned him an invite to the Senior Bowl, where he impressed the Tampa Bay Buccaneers enough to earn one of their second round picks in 1998.

Kelly, who wore No. 25 during his 11-year NFL career, played a key role in bringing the first ever championship to Tampa Bay.

Kelly led the 2002 Bucs -- widely considered one of the best defenses of all time -- with eight interceptions, which was also tied for the NFL lead that year. Tampa Bay's defense carried the team through throughout the playoffs to a matchup with the Oakland Raiders in Super Bowl XXXVII. On the world's biggest stage, the defense stepped up again, collecting five interceptions to seal a 48-21 victory. Coincidentally, current USC Athletic Director Lynn Swann was on the call for ABC that night.

Kelly spent 10 years in Tampa Bay before signing with the Lions in 2008, retiring after one season in Detroit. He finished with 413 tackles, 22 interceptions and one Super Bowl ring in his career.

After retiring, Kelly entered the world of television production, founding his own production company with his college teammate, Keyshawn Johnson. The Trojan twosome named their company 1925 Productions, a combination of their NFL jersey numbers. Johnson and Kelly pitched and helped produce ESPN's "Trojan War" 30 for 30 program, which came out in 2015.

While Trojan fans can thank Kelly for creating a documentary highlighting the unparalleled success of USC head coach Pete Carroll, they can also thank the now-41-year-old for keeping USC's 78-year NFL Draft streak alive.

#USCtotheNFL Profile: 1975 and 1977 Draft Classes

In its storied history, USC Football has had more players selected in the NFL Draft (496) than any other school can claim. As the 2017 NFL Draft approaches, we took a look back at some of our draft stories.

Among USC's litany of Draft facts, it's difficult to single out just one as the most impressive. USC boasts more all-time Draft picks than any other school, more first-round Draft picks than any other school, is tied for the most No. 1 overall Draft picks of any school and is one of two schools to have a player drafted every year since 1939.

In addition, USC boasts two of the largest Draft classes of the common draft era. In 1975, USC set a record when 14 players heard their names called at the NFL Draft. Just two years later, the Trojans did it again. Since then, only one school has ever had more players selected in a single Draft: Texas, with 17 in 1981.

In 1975, the NFL plucked 14 Trojans who had a record of success. In 1974, the soon-to-be-drafted Trojans led their team to a 10-1-1 record, a Rose Bowl title and a Coaches' Poll national championship. Before that, the 1972 squad went undefeated, won a Rose Bowl and was unanimously named national champs.

RB Anthony Davis (Round 2, No. 37 overall, New York Jets) was the first Trojan off the board in 1975, after putting himself on the map with two incredible performances against Notre Dame. In 1972, Davis set a school record with six touchdowns against the Irish, and in 1974, he catalyzed "The Comeback," scoring four times to help USC overcome a 24-0 deficit to win, 55-24. The LA Times dubbed Davis "the greatest college player never to win the Heisman Trophy" after he finished second to Archie Griffin in 1974.

Haden.jpgDespite being the first Trojan off the board that year, Davis was not the first to sign an NFL contract. He spurned the Jets -- and the MLB's Minnesota Twins, who also drafted him that year -- to sign with the World Football League's Southern California Sun. He became the league's leading rusher before it folded and forced him to move on to the Canadian Football League, then the NFL in 1976.

After Davis, DB Charlie Phillips and G Bill Bain were drafted, going on to have traditional NFL careers. Bain played in Super Bowl XIV in 1980, falling to current USC Athletic Director Lynn Swann.

DT Art Riley rounded out USC's second-round selections that year, but he never played a down of NFL football.

The Jets made LB Richard Wood USC's fifth draftee in 1975. After struggling his rookie year, Wood signed with the Buccaneers in the 1976 expansion draft. To this day, Wood ranks sixth in Bucs history in tackles.

After Wood, RB Allen Carter and TE Jim Obradovich became the sixth and seventh Trojans taken. QB Pat Haden was next.

The Los Angeles Rams selected Haden (pictured) in the seventh round (No. 176 overall), but he chose to join Davis on the WFL's Southern California Sun instead. He played 10 games for the Sun before heading off to Oxford on a Rhodes scholarship in October of 1975. Upon his return, he signed with the Rams, leading them to three NFC West titles during his six-year career, while also pursuing a second bachelor's degree at Oxford.

DT Otha Bradley was selected in Round 10, and DB Marvin Cobb, who also played baseball alongside Davis at USC, was drafted in the 11th. LB Dale Mitchell went in the 13th, marking 11 Trojans taken. When OT Steve Knutson was taken in Round 16, USC tied the previous record for most players drafted from a school in a single year, with 12. UCLA had set it just one year before.

The Trojans broke the tie when WR Johnny McKay -- the son of legendary USC head coach John McKay -- was drafted. They added one more for good measure in C Bob McCaffrey, marking a record 14 players drafted.

After producing four more draft selections in 1976, USC hit the jackpot again when 14 more players were taken in 1977, including three first rounders. The Buccaneers, now coached by former USC head coach McKay, made RB Ricky Bell the third No. 1 overall pick in school history. The future College Football Hall of Famer had a short career, though, retiring after six seasons due to health issues. Bell (pictured) tragically passed away at the age of 29 of heart failure.

Ricky Bell.jpgMarvin Powell, the fourth pick of the 1977 Draft, was lucky enough to have a long, successful NFL career. The tackle made six straight Pro Bowls and three All-Pro teams during nine seasons with the Jets. He also served as president of the NFL Players' Association, interned at the New York Stock Exchange and earned a law degree from NYU before heading to Tampa Bay for two seasons.

Just minutes after Powell was drafted, his teammate Gary Jeter found out he'd be following him across the country when the Giants drafted him fifth overall. He turned an All-Rookie season into a 13-year career, and passed away last year at the age of 61.

In the second round, the Buccaneers added another Trojan in LB Dave Lewis, who made a Pro Bowl in the third year of his seven-year career. After those four players were drafted, it went quiet at Troy for two full rounds.

WR Shelton Diggs broke the silence when the Falcons took him in the fifth round, but he played just one season in Atlanta before leaving the NFL to pursue a career in law enforcement.

Ten picks later, the Rams took USC G Donnie Hickman, and 10 picks after that, the Bears took QB Vince Evans. For the second time in the '77 draft, Trojans went back-to-back, as DB Mike Burns was selected immediately after Evans.

Five more Trojans (WR Kenny Randle, DB Ron Bush, LB Eric Williams, DB Clint Strozier and RB Dave Farmer) were selected before perhaps the gem of the 1977 Draft: Rod Martin.

Martin, a linebacker, was drafted in the 12th round (No. 317 overall) by the Raiders. He became an All-Pro, a two-time Pro Bowler and a two-time Super Bowl champion wearing silver and black. Martin stepped up to the plate in his two Super Bowl appearances, collecting three interceptions in SB XV and racking up a sack and fumble recovery in SB XVIII.

Though USC's Draft dominance spiked in 1975 and '77, it's been churning out a steady stream of NFL stars since the mid-1930s. Forty years after the impressive '77 Draft, USC's current NFL hopefuls are gearing up to learn their fate at the 2017 NFL Draft in Philadelphia. The Draft begins on Thursday.
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