USC head coach Steve Sarkisian singled out redshirt freshman Chris Hawkins as the standout young performer of spring camp while also praising Max Browne for competing so strongly against veteran Cody Kessler during the Pac-12 spring teleconference.
#USC head coach Steve Sarkisian said CB Chris Hawkins stood out more than any other RS frosh on either side of the ball.
— Rahshaun Haylock (@RHaylock) May 1, 2014
Hawkins finished the spring as the starter at the cornerback spot opposite Kevon Seymour and stood out during the Trojan Spring Game in April. Of course, the 5’11, 185 pound cornerback will face competition in the fall when a host of talented defensive back recruits arrive, including the highly-touted Adoree’ Jackson. On the same note, Sarkisian commended Browne for his spring performance.
Browne lost out on the starting quarterback position to Kessler, though Sarkisian insists that the competition will continue through the fall. With a loose familiarity with Sarkisian’s uptempo offense from high school and elite physical tools at the position, Browne’s battle may be uphill as we approach the season, but it would not be impossible for him to progress to the top of the pile.