Trojan player notebook: Ryan Henderson gone

Lots of player personnel news in today's notebook with Ryan Henderson moving over to a medical hardship from a spot on the roster.

Ryan Henderson is no longer on the USC football team. The athletic senior defensive back hasn't been working out with the team at all this summer after missing spring for unspecified reasons.

According to official USC sources, Henderson is in the process of completing the paperwork for a medical hardship.

A 5-10, 170-pounder from Moreno Valley Rancho Verde High, Henderson has a total of six tackles in six games in his USC career.

One defensive back who did appear for the first time this summer at Tuesday's player-run throwing session was senior Anthony Brown, although he exited the field before answering any questions. Brown also didn't make it to the field this spring after suffering a pair of ankle injuries in the fall that limited the former starter to just two games in 2013.


  • Cody Temple was able to go with the D-line group and said that at 315 pounds, he's "100 percent healthy." And he knows that with Kenny Bigelow out for the year, this is the chance for the redshirt junior from Bakersfield at nose tackle. "Finally," he said.

  • Aundrey Walker, another senior, got his first shot with the first O at right guard in the EOT walkthrough time with Jordan Simmons getting the first team work to start at left guard with Max Tuerk at center in the first group.

  • Nathan Guertler, the now-scholarshipped senior O-lineman, made his first summer appearance because of a job and classes and he's at 6-5 and 280 pounds but looking more cut than a year ago. "Mature," the senior says of his look now.

  • Kenny Bigelow was here again with the D-linemen and running around with no brace on his right knee looking not at all like a candidate for surgery. "My knee feels fine," Bigelow called out to a teammate wondering how he was doing.

  • D.J. Morgan was here in gear and after icing his hamstring after the early team run, finished up running patterns.

  • Soma Vainuku, lining up at a number of spots (H-back, tailback, fullback and tight end) is getting to both run and catch the ball more in recent workouts.

  • Khaliel Rodgers, Toa Lobendahn, Damien Mama and Viane Talamaivao all jumped in at the three middle O-line spots giving USC seven players for three spots. Been a while since there were those numbers here. Top Stories