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2014 USC Trojans football
Holiday Bowl champion
Holiday Bowl, W 45–42 vs. Nebraska
ConferencePac-12 Conference
DivisionSouth Division
Ranking
CoachesNo. 21
APNo. 20
2014 record9–4 (6–3 Pac-12)
Head coachSteve Sarkisian (1st as head coach; 6th overall season)
Offensive coordinatorClay Helton (2nd as coordinator; 4th overall season)
Offensive schemeMultiple
Defensive coordinatorJustin Wilcox (1st season)
Base defense3-4 Multiple
Captain
Home stadiumLos Angeles Memorial Coliseum (Capacity: 93,607)
Seasons
← 2013
2015 →
Template:2014 Pac-12 football standings

The 2014 USC Trojans football team represented the University of Southern California in the 2014 college football season. USC played their home games at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum and were members of the South Division of the Pac-12 Conference. They were led by Steve Sarkisian, who returned to USC after coaching Pac-12 opponent Washington for five years. They finished the season 9–4, 6–3 in Pac-12 play to finish in a three-way tie for second place in the South Division. They were invited to the Holiday Bowl where they defeated Nebraska.

PersonnelEdit

Coaching staffEdit

Name Position Seasons at
USC
Alma Mater Before USC
Steve SarkisianHead Coach1BYU (1997) Washington - Head Coach (2013)
Tim DrevnoOffensive Line Coach / Running Game Coordinator 1 Cal State Fullerton (1992) San Francisco 49ers - OL Coach (2013)
Clay HeltonOffensive Coordinator / Quarterbacks Coach 4Houston (1994) Memphis - OC Coordinator (2009)
Keith HeywardDefensive Backs Coach / Pass Game Coordinator Defense1Oregon State (2002) Washington - DB Coach (2013)
Tee Martin Wide Receivers Coach / Pass Game Coordinator 3Tennessee (2000) Kentucky - WR Coach (2011)
Johnny NansenRunning Backs Coach / Special Teams Coach / Assistant Head Coach 1Washington State (1997) Washington - ST Coordinator / RB Coach (2013)
Peter SirmonLinebackers Coach / Recruiting Coordinator / Associate Head Coach Defense 1Oregon (1999) Washington - LB Coach (2013)
Marques TuiasosopoTight Ends Coach / Associate Head Coach Offense 1Washington (2001) Washington - QB Coach (2013)
Justin WilcoxDefensive Coordinator1Oregon (1999) Washington - DC Coordinator (2013)
Chris WilsonDefensive Line Coach1Oklahoma (1992) Georgia - DL Coach (2013)
Ivan LewisStrength and Conditioning1 San Diego (2003) Washington - Strength and Conditioning (2013)
Ross Cumming Graduate Assistant Coach (Linebackers) 2 USC (2012) USC - Reserve Linebacker [Player] (2011)
Jon Farmerie Graduate Assistant Coach (Secondary) 1 University of La Verne (2008) California - Assistant DB Coach (2013)
Kyle Williams Graduate Assistant Coach (Secondary) 1 Kansas State (2006) Evangel University - DB Coach / ST Coordinator (2013)
Jaron Fairman Graduate Assistant Coach (Special Team)1 Fresno State (2007) Crespi Carmelite High School - WR Coach / ST Coordinator (2013)

RosterEdit

2014 USC Trojans Football

Quarterback

  •  4 Max Browne - Redshirt Freshman (6'5, 220)
  •  6 Cody Kessler - Redshirt Junior (6'1, 210)
  •  8 Andrew Zolintakis - Freshman (6'0, 170)
  • 10 Jalen Greene - Freshman (6'2, 200)
  • 14 Conner Sullivan - Redshirt Sophomore (6'0, 195)
  • 15 Michael Bowman - Freshman (6'4, 200)
  • 16 Anthony Neyer - Redshirt Senior (6'2, 205)
  • 17 Alex Bridgford - Redshirt Sophomore (6'3, 190)
  • 19 Larry Tuileta - Freshman (6'2, 200)

Running Back

  • 22 Justin Davis - Sophomore (6'1, 195)
  • 23 Tre Madden - Redshirt Junior (6'1, 225)
  • 24 Stefan Smith - Freshman (6'1, 195)
  • 26 James Toland IV - Redshirt Freshman (5'11, 185)
  • 31 Soma Vainuku - Redshirt Junior (6'0, 270) - (FB)
  • 37 Javorius 'Buck' Allen - Redshirt Junior (6'1, 220)
  • 38 Jahleel Pinner - Junior (5'11, 235) - (FB)
  • 40 Pat Hart - Redshirt Freshman (6'0, 240) - (FB)
  • 47 Brett Sarem - Freshman (6'0, 225) - (FB)

Wide Receiver

  •  1 Darreus Rogers - Sophomore (6'1, 21595)
  •  7 Steven Mitchell - Redshirt Freshman (5'10, 185)
  •  8 George FarmerRedshirt Junior (6'1, 220)
  •  9 JuJu Smith - Freshman (6'2, 210) - (+S)
  • 14 Rahshead Johnson - Freshman (5'11, 175) - (+CB)
  • 15 Nelson Agholor - Junior (6'1, 190)
  • 18 Ajene Harris - Freshman (5'11, 180)
  • 27 David Mellstrom - Redshirt Junior (6'0, 180)
  • 28 Christian Tober - Junior (5'8, 175)
  • 44 Christian Guzman - Redshirt Sophomore (6'3, 220)
  • 83 George Katrib - Junior (6'0, 185)
  • 84 Aaron Minor - Redshirt Freshman (6'2, 200)
  • 86 Robby Kolanz - Redshirt Sophomore (5'10, 170)

Tight End

  • 13 Bryce Dixon - Freshman (6'4, 240)
  • 49 Conner Spears - Sophomore (6'6, 240)
  • 82 Randall Telfer - Redshirt Senior (6'4, 260)
  • 87 Chris Willson - Redshirt Senior (6'5, 250)
  • 88 Jalen Cope-Fitzpatrick - Junior (6'4, 250)
 

Offensive Lineman

  • 50 Toa Lobendahn - OG-OT - Freshman (6'3, 280)
  • 51 Damien Mama - OG - Freshman (6'5, 370)
  • 56 Jordan Austin - OT - Freshman (6'5, 280)
  • 60 Viane Talamaivao - C-OG - Freshman (6'3, 330)
  • 62 Khaliel Rodgers - OG - Redshirt Freshman (6'3, 315)
  • 63 Giovanni Di Poalo - C - Redshirt Senior (6'4, 280)
  • 64 Richie Wenzel - C - Freshman (6'2, 280)
  • 65 Erick Jepsen - OG - Redshirt Junior (6'2, 295)
  • 67 Quinn Bassler - OT - Freshman (6'6, 280)
  • 68 Jordan Simmons - OG - Redshirt Sophomore (6'4, 350)
  • 70 Aundrey Walker - OG – Senior (6'6, 315)
  • 72 Chad Wheeler - OT - Redshirt Sophomore (6'7, 280)
  • 73 Zach Banner - OT - Redshirt Sophomore (6'9, 350)
  • 74 Nico Falah - OT - Redshirt Freshman (6'4, 285)
  • 75 Max Tuerk - OT-OG-C - Junior (6'6, 285)
  • 76 Nathan Guertler - OT- Redshirt Senior (6'5, 270)
  • 77 Chris Brown - OT - Freshman (6'5, 295)

Defensive Tackle

  • 52 Delvon Simmons - Redshirt Junior (6'5, 295)
  • 90 Claude Pelon - Redshirt Junior (6'4, 295)
  • 95 Kenny Bigelow - Redshirt Freshman (6'3, 310)
  • 96 Joey Augello - Junior (6'0, 290)
  • 98 Cody Temple - Redshirt Junior (6'2, 310)
  • 99 Antwaun Woods - Redshirt Junior (6'1, 325)

Defensive End

  • 79 Jeff Miller - Redshirt Sophomore (6'1, 245)
  • 91 Teddy Baker - Redshirt Senior (6'4, 265) - (+TE)
  • 93 Greg Townsend Jr. - Redshirt Junior (6'3, 275)
  • 94 Leonard Williams - Junior (6'5, 300)
  • 97 Christian Bradley - Junior (6'2, 210)

Placekicker

  • 39 Alex Wood - Redshirt Sophomore (5'10, 175)
  • 39 Matt Boermeester - Sophomore (6'0, 185)
  • 46 Wyatt Schmidt - Freshman (6'3, 205) - (+P)
  • 46 Reid Budrovich - Freshman (6'0, 180)
  • 48 Andre Heidari - Senior (5'11, 220)

Punter

  • 35 Kris Albarado - Redshirt Junior (5'10, 200)
  • 48 Jack Basalari - Redshirt Freshman (5'11, 175)
 

Linebacker

  • 10 Hayes Pullard - ILB - Redshirt Senior (6'1, 235)
  • 18 Quinton Powell – OLB - Sophomore (6'2, 200)
  • 19 Michael Hutchings – ILB - Sophomore (6'1, 210)
  • 34 Olajuwon Tucker - ILB - Freshman (6'3, 220)
  • 40 Jabari Ruffin - OLB - Redshirt Sophomore (6'3, 240)
  • 42 Uchenna Nwosu - OLB-ILB - Freshman (6'3, 210)
  • 44 Malik Dorton - OLB - Freshman (6'2, 250)
  • 45 Charles Burks - OLB - Redshirt Junior (5'11, 225)
  • 47 Scott "Starr" Felix - OLB - Redshirt Sophomore (6'2, 230)
  • 49 Matt Miller - ILB - Freshman (6'1, 225)
  • 50 Grant Moore - ILB - Freshman (6'1, 220)
  • 51 Joel Foy - ILB - Redshirt Freshman (6'2, 215)
  • 53 Alex Moore - ILB - Freshman (6'2, 220)
  • 54 Reuben Peters - ILB - Freshman (6'1, 220)
  • 55 Lamar Dawson – ILB - Senior (6'1, 230)
  • 56 Anthony Sarao - ILB - Redshirt Junior (6'0, 220)
  • 57 Nick Schlossberg - ILB - Redshirt Sophomore (6'0, 215)
  • 58 J.R. Tavai - OLB - Senior (6'2, 250)
  • 59 Don Hill - OLB - Freshman (6'3, 245)

Cornerback

  •  2 Adoree' Jackson - Freshman (5'11, 185) - (+WR)
  •  4 Chris Hawkins - Redshirt Freshman (5'11, 185)
  •  6 Josh Shaw - Redshirt Senior (6'1, 200) - (+S)
  • 13 Kevon Seymour - Junior (6'0, 185)
  • 17 Devian Shelton - Redshirt Sophomore (6'1, 180)
  • 23 Jonathan Lockett - Freshman (5'11, 175)
  • 25 Lamont Simmons - Freshman (6'2, 185)
  • 28 Ryan Dillard - Junior (5'9, 185)
  • 29 Kevin Carrasco - Sophomore (6'0, 185)
  • 38 Jalen Jones - Freshman (5'8, 155)

Safety

  • 21 Su'a CravensSophomore (6'1, 225)
  • 22 Leon McQuay IIISophomore (6'1, 185)
  • 24 John Plattenburg - Freshman (5'11, 180) - (+CB)
  • 26 Davonte Nunnery – Freshman (5'11, 210)
  • 27 Gerald Bowman - Redshirt Senior (6'0, 205)
  • 36 Joe Harding – Freshman (5'10, 180)
  • 37 Matt Lopes – Redshirt Freshman (5'11, 180)
  • 41 Rob Dooley - Redshirt Sophomore (6'1, 195)

Long Snappers

  • 61 Peter McBride - Redshirt Junior (6'1, 215)
  • 92 Zach Smith - Sophomore (6'1, 210)

  • + : 2014 USC Trojans Football Commits (07/07/2014)

Returning startersEdit

USC returns 16 starters in 2014, including eight on offense, eight on defense, and the starting kicker, punter & long snapper.

Key departures include Kevin Graf (OT), Marqise Lee (WR), Silas Redd (RB), Xavier Grimble (TE), Marcus Martin (C), George Uko (DE / DT), Devon Kennard (DE), Morgan Breslin (LB), Dion Bailey (LB / S), and Demetrius Wright (S)

Offense (8)Edit

Player Class Position
Cody Kessler Junior Redshirt Quarterback
Javorius 'Buck' Allen* Junior Redshirt Tailback
Tre Madden* Junior Redshirt Tailback
Soma Vainuku* Junior Redshirt Fullback
Jahleel Pinner* Junior Fullback
Nelson Agholor Junior Wide Receiver
Randall Telfer Senior Redshirt Tight End
Max Tuerk Junior Left Tackle
Aundrey Walker Senior Left Guard
Chad Wheeler Sophomore Redshirt Right Guard

Defense (8)Edit

Player Class Position
Leonard Williams Junior Defensive End
Antwaun Woods Junior Redshirt Defensive Tackle
Lamar Dawson* Senior Inside Linebacker
Anthony Sarao* Junior Redshirt Inside Linebacker
Hayes Pullard Senior Redshirt Inside Linebacker
J.R. Tavai Senior Outside Linebacker
Josh Shaw Senior Redshirt Cornerback
Kevon Seymour Junior Cornerback
Su'a Cravens Sophomore Safety

Special teams (3)Edit

Player Class Position
Andre Heidari Senior Placekicker
Kris Albarado Junior Redshirt Punter
Peter McBride Junior Redshirt Long Snapper

  •  : Co-Starter in 2013

Depth chartEdit

Defensive Starters


FS
John Plattenburg*
Leon McQuay III
Rob Dooley


WLB ILB ILB SLB
J.R. Tavai Hayes Pullard Anthony Sarao
Scott 'Starr' Felix Michael Hutchings^ Olajuwon Tucker*
Charles Burks Reuben Peters Joel Foy
SS
Gerald Bowman
Josh Shaw
JuJu Smith * #
CB
Kevon Seymour
Jonathan Lockett*
Devian Shelton


DE NT DE
Delvon Simmons Antwaun Woods Leonard Williams
Claudeson Pelon Cody Temple Greg Townsend Jr.
Don Hill Jeff Miller Malik Dorton*
CB
Adoree' Jackson*#
Chris Hawkins
Ryan Dillard
Offensive Starters
WR
Nelson Agholor
George Farmer
Darreus Rogers
LT LG C RG RT
Toa Lobendahn* Damien Mama* Max Tuerk Viane Talamaivao* Zach Banner
Aundrey Walker Khaliel Rodgers Giovanni Di Poalo Chris Brown* Nathan Guertler
Nico Falah Erick Jepsen Richie Wenzel Quinn Bassler
TE
Randall Telfer
Bryce Dixon
Teddy Baker
WR
JuJu Smith * #
Adoree' Jackson* #
Steven Mitchell
QB
Cody Kessler
Max Browne
Jalen Greene*/ Conner Sullivan
Key Reserves
Jabari Ruffin - OLB (Out for Season - Knee)
Kenny Bigelow - DT (Out for Season - Knee)
Chad Wheeler - OT (Out for Season - Knee)
Lamar Dawson - LB (Injury - Knee)
Tre Madden - TB (Injury - Toe)
Jordan Simmons - OG (Injury - Knee)
Jordan Austin - OT (Injury - Hip)
RB
Javorius 'Buck' Allen
Justin Davis
James Toland IV
FB
Jahleel Pinner
Soma Vainuku
Pat Hart
Special Teams
PK Andre Heidari
PK Alex Wood
P Kris Albarado
KR Adoree' Jackson* / Nelson Agholor / JuJu Smith*
PR Nelson Agholor / Adoree' Jackson*
LS Zach Smith
H Conner Sullivan


Rookies : *

Double Position : #

Recruiting classEdit

2014 NFL DraftEdit

Round Pick Player Position NFL Team
2 39 Marqise Lee Wide Receiver Jacksonville Jaguars
3 70 Marcus Martin Center San Francisco 49ers
5 174 Devon Kennard Outside Linebacker New York Giants
UFA - Silas Redd Running Back Washington Redskins
UFA - George Uko Defensive End Tampa Bay Buccaneers Practice Squad
UFA - Xavier Grimble Tight End San Francisco 49ers Practice Squad
UFA - Kevin Graf Offensive Tackle Philadelphia Eagles Practice Squad
UFA - Dion Bailey Safety Free Agency
UFA - Morgan Breslin Outside Linebacker Free Agency
UFA - Demetrius Wright Cornerback Free Agency
UFA - John Martinez Offensive Guard Free Agency

ScheduleEdit

DateTimeOpponentRankSiteTVResultAttendance
August 304:30 p.m.Fresno State*No. 15FOXW 52–1376,037
September 612:30 p.m.at No. 13 StanfordNo. 14ABCW 13–1050,814
September 138:00 p.m.at Boston College*No. 9ESPNL 31–3741,632
September 277:30 PMOregon StateNo. 18
  • Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum
  • Los Angeles, CA
ESPNW 35–1074,521
October 44:30 p.m.Arizona StateNo. 16
  • Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum
  • Los Angeles, CA
FOXL 34–3870,115
October 117:30 p.m.at No. 10 ArizonaESPN2W 28–2656,754
October 183:00 p.m.ColoradodaggerNo. 22
  • Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum
  • Los Angeles, CA
P12NW 56–2874,756
October 257:00 p.m.at No. 19 UtahNo. 20FS1L 21–2447,619
November 11:30 p.m.at Washington StateP12NW 44–1725,012
November 136:00 p.m.California
  • Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum
  • Los Angeles, CA
ESPNW 38–3064,615
November 225:00 p.m.at No. 11 UCLANo. 24ABCL 20–3882,431
November 2912:30 p.m.Notre Dame*
FOXW 49–1479,586
December 275:00 p.m.vs. No. 25 Nebraska*No. 24ESPNW 45–4255,789
  • *Non-conference game
  • daggerHomecoming
  • Rankings from AP Poll released prior to game
  • All times are in Pacific time

Game summariesEdit

Fresno StateEdit

by Quarter1234 Total
Fresno St 0 7 6 0 13
• USC 21 10 21 0 52

[1]

StanfordEdit

by Quarter1234 Total
• USC 7 0 3 3 13
Stanford 0 10 0 0 10

[2]

Boston CollegeEdit

by Quarter1234 Total
USC 10 7 0 14 31
• Boston College 0 20 7 10 37

[3]

Oregon StateEdit

by Quarter1234 Total
Oregon St 7 3 0 0 10
• USC 7 14 0 14 35

[4]

Arizona StateEdit

by Quarter1234 Total
• Arizona St 0 15 3 20 38
USC 7 10 3 14 34

[5]

ArizonaEdit

by Quarter1234 Total
• USC 7 7 14 0 28
Arizona 6 0 7 13 26

[6]

ColoradoEdit

by Quarter1234 Total
Colorado 0 7 14 7 28
• USC 28 7 21 0 56

[7]

UtahEdit

by Quarter1234 Total
USC 7 7 0 7 21
• Utah 7 3 7 7 24

[8]

Washington StateEdit

by Quarter1234 Total
• USC 14 10 13 7 44
Washington St 0 7 3 7 17

[9]

CaliforniaEdit

by Quarter1234 Total
California 2 7 7 14 30
• USC 21 10 0 7 38

[10]

UCLAEdit

by Quarter1234 Total
USC 7 7 0 6 20
• UCLA 14 10 14 0 38

[11]

Notre DameEdit

by Quarter1234 Total
Notre Dame 0 7 7 0 14
• USC 21 14 14 0 49

[12]

Holiday BowlEdit

by Quarter1234 Total
Nebraska 17 0 17 8 42
• USC 10 14 21 0 45

[13]

RankingsEdit

Template:Further information

Ranking movements
Legend: ██ Increase in ranking. ██ Decrease in ranking.
NR = Not ranked. RV = Received votes. ( ) = First place votes.
Week
Poll

 

AP 15 14 9 17 18 16 RV 22 20 RV RV RV 24 RV RV 24 20

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Coaches 15 14 10 21 22 20 RV 25 21 RV RV RV 24 RV RV RV 21

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CFP Not released NR NR NR 19 NR 25 24

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NotesEdit

  • December 27, 2014 – After winning the Holiday Bowl game, Cody Kessler announced he will return next season for his senior year.

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