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Former players at USC practice

It was an impressive collection of former players at USC practice on Saturday, including a pair of Heisman winners in Marcus Allen and Matt Leinart.

The group was invited by Clay Helton to show the current players the history and legacy of Trojan football, with Allen speaking to the group to challenge them to get back to fundamentals and physical play.

“These players show our current players where the bar is set,” Helton said. “Sometimes the players tune us out as coaches but they aren’t going to tune out Marcus Allen.”

Among the players in attendance were:

Marcus Allen

Matt Leinart

Matt Barkley

Shaun Cody

Paul McDonald

Willie McGinest

Keith Rivers

Alex Holmes

John David Booty

Sam Baker

John Jackson

Mike Williams

Anthony Davis

Sam Cunningham

Al Cowlings

Lawrence Jackson

Mike McDonald

Brandon Hance

Terrell Thomas

Chris Hale

Will Poole

JR Tavai

(photo courtesy USC sports information)

Garry Paskwietz

A 1988 graduate of USC with a degree in Sports Information. Worked in sports marketing for LA Lakers and Miller Brewing Company. Began covering the Trojans in 1996 with the Trojan Football Fax. Founded WeAreSC in November 1998 with stints at Scout and ESPN. Emmy-winner while covering high school football at Fox Sports West.

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