Where are they now: USC Football Alum (Pt. 3)

The final part of Scout's three-part "lookback" on the past decade of USC football alum. We know you're wondering "Where are they now?"

Part three of Scout's decade look-back on Trojan football alumni. Click here for part one and Click here for part two.

2008 NFL Draft.
USC went 11-2 again under Coach Carroll, making their third consecutive appearance in the Rose Bowl, where the Trojans beat Illinois.

First to go in another loaded class was seventh overall pick Sedrick Ellis, a defensive tackle selected by the New Orleans Saints. In three seasons with the Saints, Ellis has recorded 108 combined tackles and twelve sacks.

Two spots after Ellis went linebacker Keith Rivers to the Cincinnati Bengals. Rivers was part of a linebacking corps at USC that was one of the most touted in Trojan history. Currently still a Bengal, Rivers took classes at USC this past semester to finish his degree.

Another first rounder was Sam Baker, an offensive tackle selected 21st overall by the Atlanta Falcons. Baker has started 35 of the 38 games he's played in as a Falcon. The Tustin, Calif., native has been seen doing charitable events in Costa Mesa, Calif., near his birthplace.

The fourth and final first round pick this year was Lawrence Jackson, a defensive lineman picked by the Seattle Seahawks 28th overall. Unlike the previous three picks, Jackson is no longer with the team that drafted him. In 2010, Jackson was traded to the Detroit Lions where he had a successful career last season. Add in Alabama tackle Nick Fairley who joined the Lions in this year's draft and Nebraska tackle Ndamukong Suh in 2010, and Detroit might have the most fearsome defensive line in professional football.

Ah, so many first round picks. On to the second. The San Francisco 49ers selected former Trojan Chilo Rachal 39th overall. The guard has been a staple on the 49ers' line, starting 14 of 15 games last season. Rachal reportedly did not attend his team's unofficial mini-camp held this offseason.

In the second round (48th overall), the Washington Redskins drafted Fred Davis, a tightend out of USC. In 43 appearances the past three seasons as a Redskin, Davis has caught 72 passes for 852 yards and nine touchdowns. He has been seen at a USC's players-only throwing session this summer.

The last second rounder in this class is cornerback Terrell Thomas. In three seasons Thomas has recorded 231 tackles, including more than 100 this past season. Thomas plays with fellow Trojans Steve Smith and Carry Harris in New York. Thomas recently held a football camp with Kris Jenkins in New Jersey but has stated he has been in Los Angeles this offseason.

A three-round drought and then came quarterback John David Booty in the fifth round. Booty was taken by the Vikings, but released a season later and signed by the Tennessee Titans. While he only played on the team's practice squad, he stayed with the team through 2009 and signed with the Houston Texans for part of 2010, right before former USC quarterback Matt Leinart beat him out for the third quarterback spot. Booty did not play on an NFL team this past season.

Also in the fifth round was linebacker Thomas Williams. Williams was selected by the Jacksonville Jaguars and, like Booty, has spent time with several organizations since being drafted. Last season he was a practice squad member of the Carolina Panthers.

A final draftee of this class is running back Chauncey Washington, who also went to Jacksonville. He played six games with the Jaguars in 2008, 2 with the Dallas Cowboys in 2009 and one last season with the St. Louis Rams. He was recently seen participating in a celebrity charity event in Orange County, Calif.

2009 NFL Draft.
The Trojans went 12-1 under head coach Pete Carroll. They beat Penn State in the 2009 Rose Bowl.

This draft class, like many others before it, has produced some quality talent that draws some of the top names in the NFL today. Starting off for USC is fifth overall pick Mark Sanchez. The Jets chose the quarterback and seem to be relatively happy with their decision, allowing him to start his first season in the NFL (a feat that hadn't been accomplished since 1960). In 15 games with the Jets in 2009, Sanchez threw for almost 2,500 yards and 12 touchdowns. Last season, he ran for three touchdowns and threw for 17, leading the Jets into the AFC Championship game where they lost to the Pittsburgh Steelers.

Next comes Brian Cushing, who was taken 10 picks later (15th overall) by the Houston Texans. The outside linebacker had an incredible rookie season, recording 133 tackles, 4 sacks and 4 interceptions. He was named both a Pro Bowl starter and Rookie of the Year in 2009. He has stated on Twitter that he has been training in Texas this offseason.

Last year's Super Bowl winner Clay Matthews comes next in the draft lineup. Another linebacker, Matthews was drafted by the Green Bay Packers 26th overall. He is currently training in Agoura Hills, Calif., with other athletes such as Antonio Cromartie and Dwight Freeney. His family lives nearby.

The fourth member of USC's most touted linebacking corps is Rey Maualuga, who was picked in the second round by the Cincinnati Bengals, where he plays alongside fellow Trojan Keith Rivers. Maualuga had a rough transition year, despite recording 63 tackles in 2009. In December that year, he broke his ankle and then the following February he received a DUI, and subsequently entered rehab. He has since rebounded, and looks to have a strong season with the Bengals in 2011.

Next pick of the second round is defensive tackle and Indianapolis Colts' pick Fili Moala, who took over for Sedrick Ellis at USC after Ellis got drafted the previous year. In 26 game appearances with the Colts, Moala has recorded 33 combined tackles. He has been seen training at USC this offseason.

The Miami Dolphins were the next team to pick a Trojan. In the third round wide receiver Patrick Turner only made a brief stop with the South-Beach based team, playing in just two regular season games before being picked up by the New York Jets in the 2010 season. Alongside fellow Trojan Mark Sanchez, Turner played in six games, including one postseason game where the Jets beat New England, although Turner did not have any catches.

The final linebacker to go in the NFL this year was Kaluka Maiava, taken by the Cleveland Browns in the fourth round. Maiava played every game for the Browns his rookie season but then torn his ACL and meniscus in Sept. 2010 after playing just two games his second season. He is expected to be back to nearly full strength. Because of new coach Pat Shurmur replacing Eric Mangini and the league lockout, Maiava is a projected starter next season.

Another fourth-rounder was defensive end Kyle Moore, selected by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Moore, like Maiava, is another Trojan who got injured late last year, hurting his shoulder in Nov. 2010. But he was seen last week practicing in Bradenton, Fl. at the team's minicamp, which was organized by quarterback Josh Freeman.

A relatively unknown name comes next in the draft. In the fifth round, the Dallas Cowboys selected David Buehler as a kicker. Buehler is the first USC kicker to be drafted since 1995. He has played in all 32 games for the Cowboys the past two seasons, and made 24 of 32 field goals last season.

Sixth-round defensive back Cary Harris comes next. Drafted by the Buffalo Bills, the safety had an up and down rookie season in Buffalo, jumping on and off the team's active roster. During the 2010 season Harris played with a few franchises' practice squads but in January of 2011, he signed a reserve/future contract with the New York Giants. During the lockout, he has stated via Twitter that he is working in or around Ventura County, Calif.

The final Trojan taken this year is another defensive back, safety Kevin Ellison. Ellison was drafted by the San Diego Chargers but was waived a few months after his rookie season. Last year he played as a practice squad member for the Seattle Seahawks (under his former USC coach Pete Carroll) before being released.

2010 NFL Draft.
In Coach Carroll's last year as the head coach of USC, the Trojans went 9-4 where they beat Boston College in the 2009 Emerald Bowl.

No first-rounders in this draft but USC still managed a high number of picks despite what some may call a disappointing season.

First drafted was Taylor Mays, a safety taken by the San Francisco 49ers. In his rookie season, he recorded 38 tackles and one forced fumble in six starts.

Next was tackle Charles "Peanuts" Brown, taken by the Saints, where he joins former Trojans Reggie Bush and Sedrick Ellis. Brown got in just three games and after the season ended, underwent back surgery. Doctors cleared Brown to play football in mid June. He is currently in Los Angeles in the offseason.

The Tennesee Titans drafted receiver Damian Wiliams in the third round, where defensive tackle Jurrell Casey (drafted in 2011) will join the former Trojan. In his rookie season Williams averaged 13.7 yards per catch including a 39-yard pass against the Houston Texans last December. He is currently in Los Angeles during the offseason.

Also in the third round went defensive back Kevin Thomas, selected by the Indianapolis Colts. He missed the entire 2010 season due to a knee injury. He is currently living in his hometown of Oxnard, Calif., during the lockout.

Everson Griffen went next, in the fourth round, by the Minnesota Vikings. The defensive end played in 11 games and recorded 11 tackles. He has had some offseason issues, including an arrest in January near USC for public intoxication.

Joe McKnight joined former USC signalcaller Mark Sanchez as a New York Jet, drafted in the fourth round that year. Appearing in nine games and starting one, McKnight's best game was against New England in December where McKnight averaged 6.3 yards a carry in 3 attempts. He is currently in Los Angeles during the lockout.

Anthony McCoy is a tight end for the Seattle Seahawks, drafted by his former coach Pete Carroll in the sixth round. While he played in two games, McCoy didn't record any statistics his rookie year. But the lockout might help McCoy stay under Carroll et al in the rainy city next season.


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