Thursday's USC Practice: Keep It Simple
New USC offensive coordinator Graham Harrell is starting to remind me of Vince Lombardi when he talks about the offense.
Lombardi could spend an entire day speaking about his sweep play at a coaching clinic and the Packers dared opponents to stop a play that everyone knew was coming.
Here's what Harrell said tonight:
"We have like four run plays.
"This is all you have to do, get great at it."
"We're going to keep it simple and master what we do."
You could argue this is similar to former USC coach John McKay, who ran about six plays. Nothing wrong with keeping it simple, especially if JT Daniels is the QB.
USC cornerback Greg Johnson, who placed his name in the NCAA transfer portal, is dressed and at Howard Jones Field for today's practice. What he can do is limited because he is still injured. Johnson participated in the entire practice so his shoulder injury is apparently OK.
Former USC safety Bubba Bolden watched practice. He is supposed to transfer to Miami. Safety CJ Pollard watched practice on a scooter, apparently hurt and will miss spring practice.
The most physical play of practice was when tailback Markese Stepp and defensive tackle Jay Tufele nearly had an altercation after a goal-line play.
In other news:
Blind long snapper Jake Olson will bench press at USC’s pro day on March 20 to raise money for retinoblastoma cancer research.
Former USC pitcher and baseball Hall of Famer Tom Seaver has been diagnosed with dementia, according to a statement released by his family. He will no longer make public appearances.
"The family is deeply appreciative of those who have supported Tom throughout his career ... and who do so now by honoring his request for privacy."
His career stats: Seaver was three-time National League Cy Young Award winner and the 1967 National League Rookie of the Year. He was 311-205 and had a 2.86 ERA, 3,640 strikeouts and 61 shutouts from 1967-86.
Arizona defeated USC, 76-48, in the first round of the Pac-12 women's basketball tournament.