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First Take… Week two of USC spring practice begins this afternoon, offering the Trojans a reset after an opening week dominated by the reported and disputed dismissal of tight end Bryce Dixon from the team.
Last week, Jalen Cope-Fitzpatrick and Connor Spears, USC’s only remaining tight ends, were stretched by the workload. This week, we will learn if the players and the coaches can find a better way to manage the struggle that comes with having so few players at such a specific position.
Last week, Adoree’ Jackson saw equal time at cornerback and receiver. By the end of this week we should know if Steve Sarkisian plans to continue the sophomore’s alternating days on offense and defense. We’ll also learn if Jackson himself can continue to handle splitting himself across three fronts — offense, defense and track.
Last week, veterans like Lamar Dawson and Kevon Seymour were stars, while the newcomers were just learning the ropes. This week we could begin to see whether Isaac Whitney, Cameron Smith or Ricky Town has what it takes to push for a role in 2015.
Keep a watchful eye out, there is a lot left to learn.
And Ten Links…
- Willie McGinest attended Nike’s Opening camp for high school players, saying that he is happy to see USC’s tradition “being put back in place.” (LA Times)
- Kevon Seymour got a haircut this offseason, but this is no Samson situation. The senior cornerback was one of the stars of Saturday’s practice. (Daily News)
- Justin Davis recognizes the opportunity he has this year to become the king of USC’s backfield. (ESPN)
- Ted Miller broke down the quarterback position in the Pac-12 during spring. While USC’s situation is fairly settled, there is major upheaval elsewhere in the conference. (ESPN)
- Curt Popejoy takes a look at how Leonard Williams would fit in with each of the top five teams in the draft. (Bleacher Report)
- Steve Sarksian went on NFL Network’s Draft to the Path Monday to talk about Leonard Williams and the other players from USC and Washington he’s coached in the draft. (Reign of Troy)
- Mark Sanchez resigned with the Eagles and will make $5.5 million guaranteed. (Reign of Troy)
- USC basketball had just one player recognized for a Pac-12 honor – Jordan McLaughlin was named to the All-Freshman team. (OC Register)
- John Plattenburg is determined to establish himself in a starting role for 2015. (LA Times)
- USC baseball had a dream weekend and they were rewarded for it with a major leap in the rankings. (OC Register)
Stat of the Day:
USC was the highest 4-loss team in 2014 by Football Outsiders’ FEI metric, ranked 9th in the nation.
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