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  • 25 April 2019
    LOS ANGELES -- With his explosiveness, ability to take over a game in a variety of ways, and No. 5 jersey, Stanford running back Christian McCaffrey invites natural comparisons to former Southern California sensation Reggie Bush.Trojans linebacker Uchenna Nwosu wont go that far, but definitely recognizes the threat the Heisman Trophy contender presents when facing the No. 7 Cardinal on Saturday in the Pac-12 opener for both teams.I wouldnt say Reggie, Nwosu said. Reggie is like the G.O.A.T. I dont know who he reminds me of, but he is a great athlete. He is going to be a challenge for us.Defensive coordinator Clancy Pendergast was brought back to USC to contain McCaffrey after he rushed for 207 yards and caught four passes for 105 yards in Stanfords Pac-12 title game win last December. McCaffrey rushed for one touchdown, caught one touchdown reception and threw one touchdown pass to quarterback Kevin Hogan, setting a USC opponent single-game record with 461 all-purpose yards.In 2013, Pendergasts USC defense held a Stanford team that went on to win the Pac-12 to 17 points in an upset win under interim coach Ed Orgeron despite being in the throes of NCAA-imposed scholarship reductions. That result and the overall work Pendergast did in helping USC win 10 games that season is a main reason why coach Clay Helton brought him back, and Pendergasts tactical acumen will be tested by the versatility of McCaffrey.Usually you see a runner or you see a receiver. When you have got the combination of both, you got to make a decision on what you are going to do, Helton said. You got to mix-and-match. Itll be a great chess match between Coach (David) Shaw and Clancy of mixing it back and forth. Thank goodness he is here.Perhaps the biggest difference Pendergast might make in containing McCaffrey will come from his mere presence on the sideline. Safety Chris Hawkins said the positioning of former defensive coordinator Justin Wilcox upstairs in the press box limited the options available to match Stanfords system of audibles. After outside linebacker Sua Cravens had 13 tackles in the first meeting against Stanford at the Coliseum, Hawkins said Hogan was changing the play at the line of scrimmage to have McCaffrey run away from where Cravens was lined up.USC plans to show different looks intended to confuse Stanford quarterback Ryan Burns, who will be making his second career start. The hypothesis as Hawkins presented it is that if Burns cant check into the right play, it gives the defense a better chance at containing McCaffrey.The way we are playing them this year, its not like we are going to be stationary, Hawkins said. Were going to be moving around. Its going to be hard for him to check, especially with a quarterback where its only his second start. I dont know how loose the reigns are on him, but I doubt they are like Kevin Hogans who has been starting for four years.Clancy is great at disguising coverages and being able to show you one thing and at the last second it becomes another, Helton said.The reserved Pendergast wouldnt make any pronouncements about the defenses readiness to contain McCaffrey.As a defense in general were a work in progress, and I think everybody knows they can get better every single day, Pendergast said.Game notes Defensive lineman Noah Jefferson (shoulder) is doubtful to play against Stanford, Helton said. ... Safety Marvell Tell (concussion) has been cleared to play. . Defensive lineman Khaliel Rodgers has moved back to offense after starting center Toa Lobendahn tore his ACL against Alabama. Rodgers started six games at center last season. 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If Warriors chief Jim Doyle could sign any NRL player at any time, Kiwi star Kieran Foran would be right at the top of his list.And on Thursday evening, the former NRL chief operating officer finally got his man.Foran, 26, has signed a one-year deal with the NRL club to complete an all-Kiwi 2017 spine alongside fullback Roger Tuivasa-Sheck, halfback Shaun Johnson and hooker Issac Luke.The contract is yet to be ratified by the NRL, who are thought to want further assurances on Forans mental condition after struggling with personal demons throughout 2016.The five-eighth was granted a release from a lucrative deal with the Eels in July after checking into a Brisbane rehabilitation clinic for professional help.The governing body are also suggested to want more information on Forans relationship with controversial Sydney-based punter Eddie Hayson.Doyle told reporters on Friday that Foran, who lived in Auckland until aged 10, would have all of the clubs resources at his disposal to get back to his best.Those resources included access to mental skills coaches, psychologists, mentors and Auckland-based family members such as godfather Don MacKinnon.His drive, leadership and on-field professionalism made him an ideal candidate to fill the shoes of departing five-eighth Thomas Leuluai.He makes other people around him stand up and be accountable and be better, Doyle said.Hes obviously had a little bit of a dark time but well get him back to where he needs to be.Doyle said Foran, who will arrive in Auckland in late October for the start of prre-season, was happy to tick any boxes with the NRL that they deemed necessary.ddddddddddddThe premiership-winning No.6 understood he would need to iron out several issues.He would also have to demonstrate his physical fitness after suffering a major shoulder injury with the Eels before his departure.Theyll assess what happened and if he got himself into a position, theyll want to know hes progressing out of that, Doyle said.Ive spoken to him regularly and Ive seen a change in him myself in the last few weeks.The addition of a proven match-winner such as Foran will serve as a boon to Warriors fans after a 2016 marred by inconsistency and listlessness.Doyle denied his clubs new all-Kiwi spine turned up the pressure to snare a maiden premiership, saying his first priority was to build a devoted playing group.The results would then take care of themselves.Its about making sure we live up to the expectations, Doyle said.We want a team that, every week, whether they win or not, were proud of.Foran said on Thursday hed rediscovered his passion for the game after several rough months.Initially, footy was the furthest thing from my mind and I needed time away from the game, Foran said.More recently, the desire to play again has completely returned and Im very keen to make a big contribution.Foran, who reportedly turned down the Bulldogs and Dragons to cross the ditch, is thought to be on a deal worth $600,000. 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