The Steve Sarksian era kicked off at USC on Monday evening, as the Trojans opened fall camp at Howard Jones Field. One of the biggest story lines going into camp? The positioning of two-way true freshmen athletes Adoree’ Jackson and John “Juju” Smith.
On Monday night, the pair lined up on opposites of the field with different colored jerseys. Jackson was a cornerback, while Smith played receiver.As Ryan Abraham of USCFootball.com noted however, Jackson did take some reps at received later in practice, later deemed to be 15 snaps by Sarkisian. Overall, the Trojans ran roughly 200 plays.
Going into camp, Sarkisian had Jackson and Smith listed on both the offensive and defensive depth charts. Both pegged as fifth defensive backs, Jackson was the fifth slot receiver along with Ajene Harris, while Smith took the fifth line at free safety on the depth chart.
We’ll see how it plays out going forward, and whether or not the performance of either player forces the coaching staff’s hand in either direction as it did with Robert Woods and Marqise Lee.
Of the two, Smith had the biggest play on Monday night, catching a deep ball for a long gain.
The Trojans resume fall camp on Tuesday night at Howard Jones, starting at 6:15 p.m. Practice is open to the public, with fans permitted to watch from the sideline.