Clay Helton said this week USC linebacker Porter Gustin works from sunrise to sunset since undergoing knee surgery last week for a torn meniscus. Does anyone wonder if this is part of the problem?
Gustin’s known for spending a lot of time in the weight room and working out harder than anyone. But he also played in only four games last season and might miss the season-opener vs. UNLV. Could it be Gustin works out too hard or overtrains?
- JT Daniels is way ahead in the USC quarterback derby. But sometimes he is human. During Thursday’s practice, Daniels threw an interception, was sacked twice and went 2 for 5 passing in an 11-on-11 drill.
- Earlier this week I noted the 60th anniversary of the death of UCLA football coach Red Sanders.
USC coach Jess Hill resented Sanders, who was more glib with the media than the reserved Hill, who was known for saying everything was “mighty fine” and rarely provided colorful quotes.
I’ve never heard of Hill carousing with reporters at Julie’s restaurant like I recounted Sanders frequently mingling with them at Scandia in the 1950’s.
- Speaking of Hill, he was no fan of NFL scouts. When he was athletic director, he made scouts sit in the end zone and refused to let them sit in the pressbox.
- Among the speakers at Willie Brown’s recent funeral: USC athletic director Lynn Swann; Brown’s coach at Long Beach Poly and assistant coach at USC, Dave Levy; and former USC players Darnell Bing and Darrell Rideaux.
- One staple of USC training camp: Internet reports raving about third-or-fourth string linemen. And once the season starts, not so much.