Observations at the midway point 

August, 15, 2012
The Trojans have reached the midway point of the 2012 fall camp and here’s what we’ve learned so far:

Quarterback: Matt Barkley has been fine. His timing is not yet there with Robert Woods as a result of Woods coming back gradually, but it will be there. It’s also clear that the two backups -- Cody Kessler and Max Wittek -- have really grown as they enter their second year at USC. Both look capable of bright futures.

Running back: There is a reason the Trojans went out and got Silas Redd. Curtis McNeal is the starter for the Trojans and has earned that spot, but McNeal has been banged up a few times in recent practices and it’s been nice for the team to pop in an experienced and talented runner like Redd. D.J. Morgan and Javorious Allen have shown flashes but not at the consistent level of Redd. Soma Vainuku is going to play a bigger role than most people think. Jahleel Pinner is going to be a good one in time.