USC continues the football tradition of producing first team All-Americans, and the number now climbs to 154. Linebacker Brian Cushing, named first team All-American by Sports Illustrated, joins Rey Maualuga and Taylor Mays as the 2008 recipients of this honor. The Trojans trail only Notre Dame (178) in the All-American category, but the gap continues to close with each passing year.
Both Rey Maualuga and Brian Cushing are certain first round selections for February’s NFL draft, and assuming Taylor Mays opts to forego his senior year at USC, he will join his defensive teammates in that big money round. By all indications, Mays will not return. He’s stated that a projection in the top 15 would be enough to send him through the Coliseum exits. I believe he’s easily a top ten selection, with NFL GMs salivating 3 years for him to become draft eligible.