USC Scrimmage Offers Glimpse Of Team
Did you go to the scrimmage? If you did, you learned a lot.
Here's what I heard from fans and also thought myself:
The secondary was atrocious. I can't recall too many plays where the cornerbacks were in a position to break up a pass or do anything positive. The wide receivers were always open. USC is young at cornerback but this was one of the worst group efforts I can recall in a fall scrimmage situation. This is going to be a season-long problem.
Not only were receivers open, there were a lot of pass-interference penalties.
The running game was almost non-existent. USC's QBs could pass at will but the run-blocking was subpar and it didn't seem like USC was committed to running, a complaint I told you I heard about Graham Harrell at North Texas. The pass blocking was better.
A highlight was punter Ben Griffiths' 58-yard kick. I guess he will be a team star this season.
Frankly, I didn't see any super-dynamic aspect to this offense but it was just a scrimmage.
What about the quarterbacks? All of them had their moments. Freshman Kedon Slovis completed the most deep passes but a lot of them were underthrown and completed because the coverage was so bad.
The funniest play was when the ref signaled JT Daniels was sacked before he released a deep pass. Of course, the pass was caught for a TD over two defenders, so Clay Helton signalled to the ref to count it as a touchdown anyways. Wonder if he would have done that for Matt Fink?
I'll have more thoughts on the Coliseum later.