USC completed its first practice in pads today.
- Jack Sears completed a nice pass to tight end Josh Falo in the 2-minute drill portion of practice. and a 35-yard TD pass to Devon Williams.
- Cornerback Greg Johnson is no longer in the NCAA transfer portal and will remain at USC. Johnson wore a yellow non-contact jersey today.
- Freshman cornerback Britton Allen had a sore hip after the first practice and missed the past two practices. He should be back after spring break, which is next week for USC.
- One of the players I feel will make USC better than last season is linebacker Palaie Gaoteote, who honestly should make more plays than Cameron Smith. But it is troubling Clancy Pendergast moved Gaoteote to weakside linebacker. That means he didn’t think Gaoteote could handle playing middle linebacker. It’s not ideal having a 220-pound middle linebacker (John Houston) so there was obviously a shortcoming having Gaoteote there. I still think he will be a revelation, I just wonder if Houston in the middle makes the defense a little softer inside.