Still suffering the effects of NCAA sanctions, which has left USC with a lowered number of scholarship players on the roster, coaches, whether it been Lane Kiffin, Ed Orgeron and now Steve Sarkisian, have been faced with the challenge of finding a balance between physical practices and scaling back so as to not wear the team out.
Under Kiffin in 2012, the Trojans elected to not tackle in practice, which played into a lack of physicality come Saturday.
After completing his second spring practice as head coach at USC, Orange County Register’s Rich Hammond reports Sarkisian believes his Trojans are weeks away from tackling or scrimmaging:
Sarkisian said USC is at least two weeks away from tackling/scrimmaging in spring ball
— Rich Hammond (@RegisterUSC) March 14, 2014
The Trojans are dealing with a plethora of injuries this spring, and much of the focus has been placed on learning schemes and working on technique.
How often Sarkisian elects to have his team tackle during the spring is something to monitor. Upon being hired, Sarkisian has discussed his desire to have a physical, power-running football team.
Part of achieving the physical style of play will require the Trojans to tackle come fall, with the foundation being set during the spring.