USC’s first scrimmage at Howard Jones Field went around 100 plays although not all of it was full tackling.
The scrimmage seemed designed to focus on down-the-field passing or else the secondary just needs to improve. This scrimmage did little to alleviate concerns over the secondary . . . or offensive line.
Jack Sears and Matt Fink threw long TD passes to Velus Jones. JT Daniels threw a TD pass to Amon-Ra St. Brown.
The secondary needs work with around six TD passes allowed. Cornerback Adonis Otey gave up 2 long TD passes to Jones but intercepted a Kedon Slovis pass.
Tailback Markese Stepp had a TD run.
Remember when Clay Helton bragged in the spring about the lack of penalties? USC had at least 10 and half of those were false starts. Drevno!
Helton said Daniels and Sears looked good in the two-minute drill.
“I thought they both played very maturely,” Helton said.
Max Williams, Solomon Tuliaupupu, Brandon Pili, Kyle Ford, John Jackson, and Jake Lichtenstein were out.
- Meanwhile, USC has hired Texas Tech men’s tennis coach Bret Masi to replace Peter Smith. Masi was 75-44 during his first four seasons at Texas Tech. He was assistant at USC from 2005-09. So the national search to replace Smith ran through Lubbock, Texas.