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Notes, Observations & Sights: USC Spring Practice No. 6

March 23, 2018

Expectations heading into USC’s Friday scrimmage weren’t very high and the uninspired QB play resulted in a relatively uneventful day. Despite the collective poor performances by the QBs, there were some aspects of the scrimmage that are worth noting.

WR Josh Imatorbhebhe was solid from start to finish and had the two most memorable receptions on the day. Holden Thomas hit him striding 35 yards down the southwest sideline of Howard Jones Field and Jack Sears connected with Imatorbhebhe on a seven yard out pattern. The latter play resulted in a 25 yard gain after an impressive spin move.

Fink was the least impressive of the three QBs today, although none had what you’d consider a good day from our perspective. One pass from Fink hit Toa Lobendahn in the head. Not the type of pass a QB wants standing out from a scrimmage performance. Clay Helton said he was pleased with how they executed on third downs, but that comment left us wondering what we missed.

issues with snaps were also something to note, but they all happened early on and seemed to go smoothly for the majority of the scrimmage. One snap simply flew by Sears head which wasn't a bad snap.

All in all, Holden Thomas, looked the best, but he also faced the third-team players. Sears had two passes that were extremely impressive and perhaps Helton was referring to those? Sears also tucked the ball and ran for two first downs. 

Incoming freshman JT Daniels was in attendance for the second time this week and I can only assume he’s licking his chops. Devon Williams was also in attendance for the third time this Spring.

The first hour of practice consisted of regular practice drills and some special teams work. The featured punt returners today were Velus Jones, Tyler Vaughns, Trevon Sidney, Ajene Harris, Talanoa Hufanga and Dominic Davis.

There was also some 7v7 play and Sears had a couple of nice TD tosses to Tyler Petite and Velus Jones. 

For me it’s all about the OL vs DL in the 1on1 Drills and once again Jay Tufele was impressive.  So was Alijah Vera-Tucker and Andrew Vorhees. It’s only Spring Ball, but Vera-Tucker is someone we look forward to watching each day. My guy Kana’i Mauga is a menace and continues to give the OTs problems.  Whether he knows the playbook is in doubt, but he’s difficult to defend in the drills.  So is Caleb Tremblay.

LenDale White was in attendance and he’s always one if the most popular dudes on the sidelines. Chad Wheeler and Hershel Dennis were also there. Wheeler looks fantastic and said he’s weighing in at 320 pounds and holds it well. He came to USC 100 pounds lighter.

After practice Clay talked about some of the younger players and pointed to Hufanga and Mauga as two standing out so far. We have video up from Helton’s presser and he may have mentioned more guys. We asked him about the status of DT Marlon Tuipulotu and shot some video of Marlon working out early on in practice.

We also shot some video of the pre-scrimmage workouts from the first 15 minutes of practice.

USC resumes spring practices on Tuesday at 3pm.



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