Trojans at NFL Combine

There are 14 Trojan players scheduled to take part in the annual NFL combine and here is an update on how the former USC stars have fared so far. Many Trojans, including Leinart, Bush, White and Justice, are electing not to run 40 yard dash drills or other on field workouts and instead will do those drills at the USC Pro Day on April 2nd.

Notes from various reports throughout the weekend (updated Sunday at 2:30pm LA time):

QB Matt Leinart

* Measured at 6-4.7

* report:
- Doing medicals and interviews only here. No workouts at all. Feels he has showcased his talent over the past three years and doesn't think Sunday would show what he can do like his Pro Day will with his own receivers.
- Said he has fielded some questions about being born cross-eyed, and the surgery to correct it as a child.
- Said he's been a winner his whole career, referred to himself as a "Tom Brady type" of quarterback.
- Says Carson Palmer has been tremendous offering him advice about this whole process and chatted with both Peyton and Eli Manning at the Senior Bowl.

* article
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RB Reggie Bush

* Measured at 5-10.7, 201

* feature story on Bush
Bush article from

* feature story on Bush
Bush article from

RB LenDale White

* LenDale measured at 6-0.7

• tidbit:
White eating well: USC running back LenDale White arrived at the combine weighing 238, about 3-4 pounds more than his normal playing weight. He also revealed that he was at 253 pounds during the Rose Bowl. White blamed Thanksgiving and Christmas for the extra weight. He felt he had too much body fat at that time, but he still was able to carry the ball with power. "At Thanksgiving, I ate the whole turkey and the whole can of macaroni and cheese that my mom made," White said when asked what he ate. He's getting in shape for his individual workout.

* comment:
- "That's what helps me a lot in this draft, just because how big I am," White said. "DeAngelo and Reggie are in a class of their own and then you have the in-betweens like (Laurence) Maroney. And I think how big I am and how strong I am helps me out a lot. I'm kind of happy to be in this class because you get a lot more touchdowns when you're big."

FB David Kirtman

* Meaured at 5-11.4, 233

* Ran a 4.76 in the 40

* Ran a 4.31 in the 20 yard shuttle

TE Dominique Byrd

* Measured in at 6-3.5, 255

* tidbits:
- He hasn't done any interviews yet.
- Said there is "nothing better" than the Senior Bowl experience for providing the "crème de le crème" of college football players.
- Chose USC because of Pete Carroll's pro background and reputation as a player's coach.
- Talks with many of the USC alums now in the NFL
- Will not work out here, saving it for Pro Day on April 2 to be in familiar surroundings and having Matt Leinart throw to him.
- Tattoo on his arm says "Minneapolis' Finest."
- His mother worked concessions at the Metrodome while she was in college. His mother now works as a teaching assistant for kids with social behavioral problems.
- He's being told he's a first-day draft pick.
- Is working to get better body position.

OL Winston Justice

* Measured in at 6-6.1, 319

* Did not run 40 but wowed in other drills. He had a broad jump of 9'2", a vertical leap of 35" (more than 2 1/2 inches ahead of the next best OL), a 4.53 20-yard shuttle and a 7.31 3-cone shuttle (tied for best mark among OL). His marks in the broad jump and 20 yard shuttle were both among the top 5 on the day for OL.

* tidbits:
- He said while he played right tackle most of his career, he could play left tackle at the next level. He play there in his freshman season.
- When discussing his suspension for the 2004 season, he said the incident was basically over a prank he had with a bunch of friends that went awry. He said he pulled a toy gun prank on who he thought were friends of his but they wound up not being that.
- When on suspension, he boxed of an area gym.

* Another tidbit:
- Winston Justice elevated his stock. After a slow start his footwork was exceptional late in the session. Most impressive was the was the big tackle slid off the edge when used at left tackle drills.

OL Deuce Lutui

* Measured in at 6-3.5, 334

* Ran a 5.37 40 (only USC OL to run)

* Duece lifted 225 pounds 28 times.

Deuce Lutui gets tested in broad jump

OL Fred Matua

* Measured in at 6-2.3, 306

* Performed well at Sat morning session

DL Frostee Rucker

* Will also be tested in linebacker drills at combine

* report:
-Measured in at 6'3/267 pounds.
-Says he's a disciplined player who won't try to make a play out of position to make himself look good at the possible expense of the team.
-He said he will do full workout except the bench press.
-He has talked at least casually with all the teams.
-He feels his attitude on the field shows that he's a good leader and very aggressive.

DB/LB Darnell Bing

* Will also be tested in linebacker drills at combine

* report:
- Measured in at 6'2/227 pounds (heaviest DB at the combine).
-He said he will do all workouts except the 40.
-He described himself as a back who is big and physical with speed. Says he also possesses good ability to make big hits.

P Tom Malone

* tidbit:
Though not punting the ball far, 48-yards being his longest, Tom Malone of USC had the best hang times. For the most part Malone was over 4.7-seconds, the best being 4.91-seconds.

* tidbit from Pat Kirwan column:
"I got into Indianapolis on Friday afternoon and immediately went inside the RCA Dome to watch the punters working out for the general managers and coaches. As for the punters, Tom Malone, the man who decided to return to USC last year instead of leaving school early, was the most impressive performer in the dome. His high, towering punts reminded me of the year Todd Sauerbrun impressed every team looking for a guy who could change the field-position battle. I caught up with Malone at a local restaurant Friday night and we spoke about his workout and why he stayed in school. Malone told me he felt there were still some things he wanted to refine as a punter by staying at USC, and even though he was injured most of the season and is just now rounding into shape, he was ready for the Indianapolis Combine from a maturity point of view. Imagine that! An athlete who actually thought being more mature might help him in the long run as an NFL player." Top Stories