USC Spring Camp: Scrimmage No. 4 Notes


Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

In the fourth scrimmage of USC Spring Camp, the Trojans held a scrimmage in the scrimmage in the Coliseum that saw much offensive success. WR Marqise Lee returned to practice after missing several weeks due to injury, and Kiffin offered insight about a recent development in a couple of particular positions, while withholding information about another.

Here are the quick hits from Saturday’s scrimmage:

The Trojans ran a 76-play scrimmage this afternoon and all three of USC’s quarterbacks performed well. Max Wittek went 14-17 for 200 yards and two touchdowns, while Cody Kessler completed 12 of 21 passes for 120 yds and one score. Freshman Max Browne also had a particularly good day, going 6-7 for 85 yards and two touchdowns.

After the scrimmage, Kiffin said that he is “not any closer” to naming a starting QB, and that he liked the effort of all three today.

Marqise Lee returned to spring camp and participated in the scrimmage. He didn’t play the entire time, but he amassed 191 yards and two touchdowns in his time on the field.

No. 2 WR Nelson Agholor had six receptions for 91 yds and two touchdowns, while De’Von Flournoy had 4 for 38 yds.

Kiffin also spoke about the play-calling, and said Clay Helton called about 70-percent of the plays while Kiffin called the rest.

Kiffin said the offense peaks when it establishes the run and does play action with Marqise Lee.

On the injury front, WR Darreus Rogers tried to go today but could not, and RB D.J. Morgan was still out as well.

Justin Davis has had one of the best springs of any Trojan, and Kiffin remarked that he has a chance to win the starting spot come the fall. No doubt Silas Redd’s meniscus injury has given Davis more room to flourish. He had 116 yards and one touchdown in Saturday’s scrimmage.

Kiffin told the media that he is worried about the cornerback situation, which comes as no surprise as it has been the thorn in the Trojans’ side for some time now. He offered that there has been talk about moving Josh Shaw back to cornerback, and Dion Bailey to safety.

The final week of spring camp approaches next week, culminating in the annual Spring game on April 13.