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USC announces scholar-athletes

USC head coach announced Monday morning that 14 Trojan football players were named David X. Marks Scholar Athletes.

Scholars must have studied for a year at USC with a GPA of 3.0 or higher and be on an athletic scholarship.

USC football honorees include quarterbacks Kedon Slovis and JT Daniels, offensive linemen Brett Neilon, Jacob Daniel and Liam Douglass, tight ends Daniel Imatorbhebhe and Erik Krommenhoek, wide receivers Amon-Ra St. Brown and John Jackson, defensive lineman Nick Figueroa, linebackers Ralen Goforth, Solomon Tuliaupupu and Tuasivi Nomura, and punter Ben Griffiths.

Last May, the USC football program posted an APR score of 972, just one point below the program-best score, which the Trojans set in 2018. USC’s cumulative APR score of 983 last May was the school’s best ever, and the sixth year in a row the Trojans hit an all-time high.

Football players excelling in the classroom is a welcome site, and shows an emphasis being placed on the classroom. The Trojans weren’t well represented on the Pac-12’s Fall Academic Honor Roll, an award given to student-athletes with a cumulative GPA of 3.3 or above and has served at least one year in residence at the institution. USC placed just six football players on that list, the lowest number in the conference.

Eleven of these Marks Scholar honorees will have eligibility remaining following this season.

Erik McKinney

Erik McKinney began writing for WeAreSC in 2004, during his junior year at USC, covering the Trojans football team and recruiting. He then moved on to ESPN.com in 2011, where he served as the West Region recruiting reporter and then the Pac-12 recruiting reporter. He took over as publisher of WeAreSC in January, 2019.

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