By Greg Katz – WeAreSC.com
The Obvious: This Sunday will be a very special day for fathers everywhere, as we honor dear old dad, those past and present on Father’s Day.
The Not So Obvious: The O/NSO salutes all those cardinal and gold dads with a very special recognition for being the foundation of so many lives. As with our Mother’s Day edition, we now take time to recognize USC football players, dads and even grandfathers whose heredity has helped produce athletic success for the Men of Troy.
The Obvious: The head coach of the USC Trojans is Clay Helton (photo above with Matt Barkley and son), who led the Trojans to a big 2017 Rose Bowl win over Penn State and a final No. 3 ranking in 2016, and his brother, Tyson Helton, is USC’s quarterback coach and passing game coordinator.
The Not So Obvious: Clay and Tyson’s father, Kim Helton, is a former University of Houston head coach (1993-1999) and former longtime NFL offensive line coach.
The Obvious: Cary Angeline is a talented redshirt freshman tight end.
The Not So Obvious: Cary’s father, Chris Angeline, was a quarterback and tight end at Columbia. Cary’s grandfather, Fran Angeline, was a tight end and defensive end at Colgate (1955 captain) and later became the 1979 National High School Coach of the Year at Union-Endicott (N.Y.) High.
The Obvious: Jordan Austin is a junior offensive lineman.
The Not So Obvious: Jordan’s father, Ray Austin, played football at UNLV and Southern Utah.
The Obvious: Sam Darnold is the Trojans starting quarterback and a frontrunner for the 2017 Heisman Trophy Award.
The Not So Obvious: Sam’s father, Mike Darnold, was an offensive guard at Redlands University and his late grandfather, Dick Hammer, played basketball at USC and was on the Trojans’ 1954 NCAA Final Four team.
The Obvious: Porter Gustin is a junior defensive end who is a candidate for post-season honors this coming season.
The Not So Obvious: Porter’s father, John Gustin, played quarterback at Wyoming (1991-94).
The Obvious: Taylor Katoa is a true freshman linebacker from Layton, Utah.
The Not So Obvious: Taylor’s father, Fotu Katoa, was a tight end at BYU (1985, 1988-90).
The Obvious: Toa Lobendahn is a senior offensive line who is expected to play a vital role in 2017.
The Not So Obvious: Toa’s father, Vince Lobendahn, was a lineman at the University of Utah (1990-93) and played in the Arena Football League. Vince also went on to a coaching career at both the collegiate and high school levels.
The Obvious: Matt Lopes is a valued senior safety.
The Not So Obvious: Matt’s father, Steve Lopes, is currently a senior associate athletic director and chief operating officer at USC who was a lineman at Linfield College, which won the NAIA national championship in 1982.
The Obvious: Grant Moore is a junior inside linebacker.
The Not So Obvious: Grant’s father, Rex Moore, was a four-year (1984-87) letterman linebacker at USC, leading the Trojans in tackles while earning team’s Most Inspirational Player in 1986.
The Obvious: Michael Pittman Jr. is a gifted sophomore wide receiver.
The Not So Obvious: Michael’s father, Michael Pittman Sr., was a running back at Fresno State (1993, 95-97) and then went on to play in the NFL with the Arizona Cardinals, Tampa Bay Buccaneers, including on the Super Bowl XXXVll champions in 2002, and the Denver Broncos.
The Obvious: C.J. Pollard is a redshirt freshman safety.
The Not So Obvious: C.J.’s father, Marvin Pollard, is a former Trojans cornerback (1988-91).
The Obvious: Wyatt Schmidt is a junior punter-holder.
The Not So Obvious: Wyatt’s father, Paul Schmidt, played tennis for the University of Minnesota.
The Obvious: Incoming freshman offensive lineman Austin Jackson was considered one of the nation’s top offensive lineman recruits for the Class of 2017.
The Not So Obvious: Austin’s grandfather, Melvin Jackson, is a former Trojans offensive lineman (1974-75) who played on USC’s national championship team in 1974 and later went on to an NFL career.
The Obvious: Incoming freshman linebacker Levi Jones was considered one of the Trojans’ top recruits for the Class of 2017.
The Not So Obvious: Levi’s father, Robert Jones, is a former All-American linebacker at East Carolina and played 10 years in the NFL.
The Obvious: Incoming freshman safety Isaiah Pola-Mao is considered a major talent as part of the Class of 2017.
The Not So Obvious: Isaiah’s father, Tracey Mao, played football at San Diego State (1988-90) and then went on to the Arena Football League.
The Obvious: And finally, J.K. McKay is a former legendary Trojans wide receiver.
The Not So Obvious: If you’re a true USC football fan, do you really need to be told that J.K.’s father, John McKay, is the immortal former Trojans head football coach and College Football Hall of Famer? Happy Father’s Day everybody.