- Garry Paskwietz, Publisher, WeAreSC.com
As the Trojans wrap up the opening week of fall camp practices we take a look at the newcomers to the USC roster:
FB Jahleel Pinner: Good-sized guy. Pinner alternated between tailback and fullback in high school, so his size fluctuated, but he has added some good bulk now that he is set at fullback. Nice skills with the ball in his hands.
TB Silas Redd: It hasn’t taken Redd long to show that he will have an impact this year. He runs hard, has shown a good work ethic and he took his first carry in the Coliseum scrimmage for a 43-yard gain.
WR Nelson Agholor: Hasn’t really made an impact in the first week, which comes as somewhat of a surprise considering his impressive play in summer workouts. There has been confusion on routes and an adjustment period to the level of play, but he should be fine before too long.
TE Jalen Cope-Fitzpatrick: Big and athletic. In many seasons he would be looked at for an immediate contribution, but the Trojans should have the luxury of redshirting him with so many other talented tight ends on the roster.
OT Max Tuerk: Has made the biggest early impact of any of the freshman offensive newcomers. Tough and aggressive. Lane Kiffin said he is further along right now than Marcus Martin was at this point last year. That says a lot. Tuerk has taken first-team reps at LT with Aundrey Walker out of action.
OT Zach Banner: Big, huge, tall. Choose any of those adjectives you want to describe Banner because they are all true. He’s also surprisingly athletic for his size. The potential is there for him to be a special player if he develops the right way, the main concern is that he gets too tall for the position.
OT Chad Wheeler: He didn’t see any action in spring due to injury but he added some size to get ready for fall camp. He’s got a good frame and moves well but is raw, so the plan would definitely be to redshirt him.
OG Jordan Simmons: It has been reported that he underwent MCL surgery and will redshirt.
DE DeVante Wilson: He’s got a tall frame and good pass rush skills. It would be ideal to redshirt him, but that might not be possible with the current concerns about depth on the line.
LB Jabari Ruffin: Has made a nice early impression with his athleticism. Good-sized frame too. Made an impressive play on the opening day in downfield pass coverage. He’s alternating at No. 2 SLB spot with Tony Burnett right now.
DB Josh Shaw: Physical and aggressive, it’s easy to spot this guy as a veteran with skills that have been proven at the college level. Was originally at safety but has also seen time at corner in recent days. Kiffin has also singled him out for his work on special teams.
S Gerald Bowman: Good speed but hasn’t done anything yet in the first week to move ahead of any of the safeties on the depth chart ahead of him.
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