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Nearly 30 percent of early entries weren’t selected in NFL draft

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Not surprisingly, some of the players who left eligibility on the table for an early shot at the pros were left without a chair when the draft music stopped Saturday.

By the deadline in mid-January, a total of 84 players with eligibility remaining filled out their paperwork to make themselves available for the 2015 NFL draft.  As noted by Dane Brugler of NFLDraftScout.com, 24 of those 84 players went undrafted as the seven-round event concluded yesterday evening.

While that’s 28.6 percent, it’s actually a better rate than a year ago.  In 2014, 36.7 percent (36 of 98) of the early entrants went undrafted.  That total of 98 last year was a record number of draft-eligible players who left with eligibility remaining, which prompted the NFL to change its protocol in an attempt to roll back the number of players leaving early.

Getting back to this year, 16 of the 24 who weren’t selected came from Power Five football programs.  TCU was the only school with two early entrants who weren’t picked (running back B.J. Catalon, safety Chris Hackett), while two of the players came from non-FCS levels.

It should be noted that most if not all of the players in this group will sign as an undrafted free agent.

Below is the complete list of those who went undrafted.

SS Durell Eskridge, Syracuse
CB Jacoby Glenn, UCF
FS Chris Hackett, TCU
WR DaVaris Daniels, Notre Dame
RB Trey Williams, Texas A&M
DE Deion Barnes, Penn State
TE Jean Sifrin, Massachusetts
DT David Irving, Iowa State
WR Deontay Greenberry, Houston
DT Ellis McCarthy, UCLA
RB B.J. Catalon, TCU
WR Chris Harper, California
LB Max Flores, Northern Colorado
RB Dee Hart, Colorado State
RB Braylon Heard, Kentucky
WR George Farmer, USC
WR Nigel King, Kansas
OT Patrick Miller, Auburn
WR Zach D’Orazio, Akron
WR Tacoi Sumler, Appalachian State
OG Tyler Moore, Florida
WR Jaquel Pitts, Trinity International
LS Easton Wahlstrom, Arizona State
OLB Darien Rankin, North Carolina

USC receiver George Farmer leaving Trojans for the NFL

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It is crunch time for underclassmen to decide to stay in school or enter the NFL Draft. With a day to go until the deadline, USC wide receiver George Farmer has decided to give the NFL a shot.

Farmer will forgo his senior season at USC and will enter the 2015 NFL Draft.

“This was a hard decision, one I thought over long and hard,” Farmer said in a statement Wednesday. “I received input from my family and the coaches, and ultimately it was my decision. I feel like l am ready for the next level, so I am forgoing my senior year and I will work hard to prepare for the NFL.”

Farmer recorded 30 catches for 363 yards and four touchdowns in his career at USC. That total includes 25 receptions for 314 yards and four touchdowns in 11 games for the Trojans in 2014. Those may not be numbers that jump out and scream at you as a reason to enter the NFL Draft now, but keep in mind he did make a position change at USC from running back. According to a quick scouting report from Rotoworld, Farmer should not expect to hear his name called until the third day of the draft.

Cody Kessler’s historic performance propels USC past Notre Dame

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No quarterback has ever had a better day against a Notre Dame defense than USC’s Cody Kessler did Saturday in Los Angeles.

The junior quarterback was almost as perfect as the west coast weather the two teams played in at the Coliseum.

Kessler was 32-of-40 passing for 372 yards and six touchdowns during the Trojans’ 49-14 victory.

It’s the first time any quarterback threw six touchdowns against the Fighting Irish in the program’s history.

USC’s 49 points are also the second-most points the Trojans have scored against Notre Dame during the storied rivalry.

Trojans head coach Steve Sarkisian decided not to run up the score in the fourth quarter. Sarkisian pulled Kessler and placed redshirt freshman Max Browne into the lineup. USC didn’t score another point or a second record could have fallen.

Kessler was aided in his record-breaking performance by the play of his talented wide receivers, George Farmer and Nelson Agholor. Agholor led all receivers with 12 receptions and 120 yards. Farmer, meanwhile, averaged 21.5 yards per catch and scored a pair of long touchdowns.

With the win the Trojans improve to 8-4 in Sarksian’s first season at the helm of the program. However, there are multiple areas where the Trojans can improve during Sarkisian’s second year, particularly among the team’s coaching staff:

While USC’s future looks bright, Notre Dame lost four-straight contests to end the season and five of its last six games.

Changes could be on their way in South Bend.

The first change came during Saturday’s contest when sophomore quarterback Malik Zaire replaced senior Everett Golson. Golson was benched for his poor play, while Zaire finished the contest 9-of-20 passing for 170 yards.

As Notre Dame prepares for its bowl game, other changes in the lineup and possibly the coaching staff could be coming. Nine losses over the past two seasons isn’t good enough for a program that dreams of national championships each and every year.

Everett Golson benched, USC dominates Notre Dame 35-7 at halftime

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It’s safe to say the season hasn’t gone quite as expected for either the Notre Dame Fighting Irish or the USC Trojans. However, a win against their rival would be a sweet ending to a sub-par regular season.

The Trojans are on the verge of ending their season on a positive note after dominating Notre Dame 35-7 through two quarters of play.

Notre Dame’s defense simply didn’t have an answer for USC’s talented offense.

USC quarterback Cody Kessler absolutely shredded Notre Dame’s secondary. The junior quarterback threw more touchdowns (five) than he did incompletions (four).

USC’s pair of starting wide receivers, George Farmer and Nelson Agholor, each gained 82 yards in the first half. Farmer proved to be the deep threat with two long touchdown catches, while Agholor led the team with eight receptions.

Notre Dame, meanwhile, decided a spark was needed once the team trailed 35-0.

Amazingly, Everett Golson completed only 7-of-18 passes for 75 yards and an interception. Malik Zaire, a sophomore, only attempted six passes. He completed three of them for 94 yards.

USC is expected to pour it on during the second half, but the next two quarters of play become very important for the future of Notre Dame football. Zaire’s play could help sway head coach Brian Kelly to make a change at quarterback for the bowl game and build momentum for next season.

USC finally gets fax from Adoree Jackson

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It took a while, but 5-star athlete Adoree Jackson is officially a Trojan after his fax was received by USC on Wednesday night.

The matter was not resolved for several hours following the verbal commitment Jackson made to the Trojans at a press conference held at his school late this morning. Almost eight hours later, the fax hadn’t been received and speculation mounted that Jackson’s father might be holding up his son’s letter.

But not long after, the letter was sent and Jackson became the latest star from Serra High skill position player — Marqis Lee, George Farmer and Robert Woods being the others — to become a Trojan.