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Orbiting the USC football exes: Week 13 – 247Sports


After Lincoln Riley was hired last November, he completely rebuilt the USC football coaching staff and roster. That sent a lot of former Trojan coaches and players to continue their careers elsewhere.
In this new feature we call “Orbiting USC’s exes,” we will try to keep you updated on how some of those guys are doing in their new programs. Why orbiting? Well according to the internet “orbiting” is when someone you were dating tells you they are no longer interested, but keeps you in their orbit by engaging with you on social media.
Thanks to Duncan Stephenson and Ahmad Akkaoui for their continued contributions to this report.
Here is our orbiting recap for Week 13, our final week of following USC’s exes:
Georgia Southern capped off Helton’s first season with a thrilling 51-48 double-overtime victory against Appalachian State to become bowl eligible. Quarterback Kyle Vantrease fired a 25-yard strike to Ezrah Archie for the win. Helton should get a lot of credit for what he did with the Eagles this year, turning around a team that went 3-9 in 2021 into a competitive squad.
Ole Miss lost to their archrival Mississippi State in the infamous Egg Bowl on Thanksgiving night. Down by eight with under two minutes to play, the Rebels got in the endzone but came up short on the two-point conversation attempt. The 22-24 loss was their third in a row after starting the season 8-1. The good news? It appears that head coach Lane Kiffin will return in 2023 to coach Dart, who threw for 250 yards and two scores, as the two try and take their offense to the next level.
Former USC WR/TE Michael Trigg broke his collarbone in Ole Miss’ week 6 win over Vanderbilt and has been out since. He finished with 17 catches for 156 yards and three touchdowns on the year. Apparently he was close to returning for the Egg Bowl but head coach Lane Kiffin announced he was suspended.
Pitt went on the road and easily defeated Miami 42-16 for their eighth win of the year. Slovis played arguably his best game of the season, completing 18 of 28 passes for 256 yards and three touchdowns. It was a satisfying end to a somewhat disappointing campaign for Slovis, who finished the regular season with 10 touchdown passes and nine interceptions.

McGrath was a perfect 8-for-8 on extra points in Tennessee’s 56-0 win over Vanderbilt. McCoy didn’t play after getting banged up last week against South Carolina.
Campbell had four carries for 33 yards and a catch for nine yards in Houston’s 37-30 loss to Tulsa. Manjack missed his eighth game of the season.
Daniels did not play in West Virginia’s game against Oklahoma State. It goes without saying that 2022 was another disappointing year for the former USC quarterback. He has yet to start an entire season at the college level.
The Mountaineers beat Oklahoma State 24-19 to finish the season 5-7. Harrell’s offense ran the ball for a whopping 250 yards while only throwing for 77. Redshirt freshman running back Jaylen Anderson provided the unit a spark with two 50+ yard touchdown runs in the span of three minutes.
FAU fell in overtime to Western Kentucky, finishing 5-7 and failing to reach the postseason. Orlando’s defense allowed 571 total yards and the game-winning two-point conversation. The Owls’ head coach Willie Taggert was fired after the loss. 
Hunter Echols had six tackles and a half-tackle for a loss in Arizona’s 38-35 win over Arizona State.

Palaie Gaoteote IV had one tackle and a half-tackle for a loss in No. 2 Ohio State’s 45-23 loss to No. 3 Michigan.
Juliano Falaniko had six tackles plus one and a half tackles for a loss in Idaho’s 45-42 loss to Southeastern Louisiana in the first round of the FCS Playoffs.
Chase Williams had a tackle for a loss and two pass breakups in San Jose State’s 27-14 win over Hawaii.
Eli’jah Winston had five tackles, one and a half tackles for a loss and a sack in Nevada’s 27-22 loss to UNLV.
Jay Toia had two tackles in UCLA’s 35-28 win over Cal.
Kenan Christon had two carries for a total loss of 14 yards in San Diego State’s 13-3 loss to Air Force.
Players who participated but didn’t record a stat: Hawaii’s Kaulana Makaula
Players who were out: Fresno State’s Raymond Scott, Utah’s Munir McClain, Miami’s Jake Lichtenstein
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Anand works as a work from home journalist based in Trivandrum, Kerala, India. Anand had contributed content for various websites and also worked as a chief technical editor for ASPAlliance.com. He also contributed content for several print magazines like DevPro (formerly asp.netPRO) and his headshot appeared on the front page of the July 2006 issue of the magazine.