The Trojans got in a long day of work on Tuesday as they get closer to the first scrimmage of fall camp, which will be held on Thursday at the Coliseum.
USC coach Lane Kiffin described it as a “back and forth” day with good plays being made at times on both sides of the ball. Kiffin continues to say that there is no movement on the quarterback front as the competition continues among Cody Kessler, Max Wittek and Max Browne.
In today’s session, Kessler hit several passes to the tight ends, including Randall Telfer, who was back in action after missing recent practice sessions. One of Kessler’s completions was to Xavier Grimble, who made a pretty one-handed grab. Wittek connected with Darreus Rogers on a 20-yard crossing route and also had a nice deep completion to Nelson Agholor against coverage from Kevon Seymour. Wittek was also intercepted twice, once each by Lamar Dawson and Devon Kennard.
Ty Isaac had multiple nice runs as he continues to impress in his first week of action.
On the defensive side of the ball, Dawson also had a nice play when he tracked down Tre Madden in the backfield for a tackle for loss. Scott Starr and Morgan Breslin each had sacks while Leonard Williams had a pass batted down at the line. Devian Shelton had a pass break-up against Agholor on a throw from Wittek. After the practice, Kiffin singled out Shelton as an “under the radar” guy who has flashed his playmaking skills.
Left tackle Aundrey Walker did not practice and Kiffin called him a “day-to-day” situation. In his absence, Chad Wheeler took the majority of reps with the first team at left tackle and Max Tuerk, who has been starting at left guard, also spent time at tackle. Right guard John Martinez and linebacker Hayes Pullard were both back in action after missing recent time.
Cody Kessler on the USC defensive line:
“Our D-line is awesome. Leonard [Williams], when you look at him, he’s so big and physically gifted, and so is Devon [Kennard], and George Uko and Morgan. All four of them, when they’re in they’re just amazing. And then you throw Antwaun Woods in there, and all of these other guys that have come in – our d-line is very strong…and it only improves us. When you have that time-clock in your head and you know that your d-line is going to be on you if you don’t five-step and pitch the ball out. If you take time there’s going to be a sack.”
USC WR coach Tee Martin on Darreus Rogers:
“He showed the signs in the spring, and now he’s carried over from a good summer of learning. He retained a lot from spring ball, and I can see the improvement that he’s made from the spring. I give him credit for the hard work that he’s put in. It’s showing. He’s getting lined up, he’s knowing what to do, he’s playing with confidence, and I just look forward to him completing training camp to see just how good he can get before the first game.”
Torin Harris on the primary reason for his improved play:
“I’ve been injured, I’ve had some setbacks, and now I’m healthy, so it’s time to show up. I’ve just got to maintain, I’ve got to keep making progress and keep going for it. I know what the coaches want now, so I just have to keep improving and to show them what I can do every day.”