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Coliseum to host non-USC football
North Carolina A&T and Prairie View A&M, two members of Historically Black Colleges and Universities, are set to face off in the second annual Angel City Classic.
The Angel City Classic starts on Sept. 7, with events including high school pep rallies and a scholarship gala, and continues on Saturday morning with a drumline and step show, culminating in the football game at 2:30 p.m. One of the most anticipated events of the weekend will be at halftime of the football game, when the respective bands take the field in a Battle of the Bands.
The two-day event is owned and produced by Black Educational Events, LLC, a company that attempts to bring HBCUs to western locales such as Los Angeles.
USC coach Pete Carroll's non-profit group, A Better L.A, is partnered with the Angel City Classic as both have the same mission to raise awareness for educational opportunites for youth.
The Morehouse and Alcorn State University football teams and bands played in the last year's Angel City Classic in front of more than 25,000 people at the Coliseum.
Teams have yet to take the field and box scores remain blank, but that has not kept prognosticators from releasing their preseason watch lists for the various individual college player accolades that are handed out at the end of the season.
And despite honors outside the Heisman being few and far between for USC, a talented Trojan roster on both sides of the ball looks poised to add some hardware to Heritage Hall this season.
Finding his name near the top is quarterback John David Booty, who has been pinned as a front-runner for both the Walter Camp Football Foundation Player of the Year award and the Davey O'Brien Award, which is presented annually to the nation's best college quarterback. Despite names like Leinart, Palmer and Haden, a USC quarterback has yet to take home the quarterback honor since its inception.
Offensive tackle Sam Baker, defensive tackle Sedrick Ellis, defensive end Lawrence Jackson and linebackers Rey Maualuga and Keith Rivers compete to become only the second Trojan to win the Rotary Lombardi Award. The award is presented to the nation's top down lineman on either side of the line of scrimmage, including those who line up within 5 yards of the ball. The last Trojan to receive the coveted award was Brad Budde in 1979.
USC women's tennis player junior Lindsey Nelson was honored as a 2007 Collegiate Intercollegiate Tennis Association All-Star and was given a spot in the US Open Qualifying Tournament.
At a luncheon on Aug. 25, the ITA and United States Tennis Association presented Nelson and 12 other athletes with All-Star honors.
Nelson was honored just two days after she had a chance to earn a spot in the US Open. She was one of nine women to receive a wild card to compete in the qualifying tournament.
On Aug. 23, Nelson lost to France's Stephanie Foretz in the tournament. She nearly pulled out the first set before losing 7-5 in a tiebreak and 6-1 in the second set.
Nelson earned her place on the Collegiate ITA All-Star team with an overall singles record of 31-8 and a final ranking of No. 3 in the Fila Collegiate Tennis Rankings. The All-Star team is composed of the highest ranked tennis players from the final rankings.
Nelson reached the NCAA singles final for the second consecutive year and was named Pac-10 Player of the Year after winning the Pac-10 Championship in singles. She fell to Miami's Audra Cohen in the NCAA finals this year 7-5, 6-2.
Current and former USC track and field athletes took to the field on Aug. 25 at the 2007 International Association of Athletics Federations World Championships in Osaka, Japan.
Senior Lionel Larry is competing in the 400m, while fellow senior Duane Solomon is taking to the track in the 800m. Both athletes are All-Americans and also competed in the 2007 NCAA Track and Field Championships in June, where Larry placed second in the 400m and Solomon took seventh in the 800m.
Recent USC graduate and 2007 NCAA indoor and outdoor shot put champion Noah Bryant is taking the field in his signature event.
Other Trojan alumni competing for USA at the World Championships include Jesse Williams in the men's high jump, Torri Edwards in the women's 100m and 200m dashes, Ginnie Powell in the women's 100m high hurdles and Allyson Felix in the women's 200m dash.
The World Championships end Sept. 2.
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