USC football Spring Camp: Five things we learned from Week 1

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USC football’s first week of Spring Camp featured noteable changes to the lineup and scheme on defense, but some things remain as expected.

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The new year brought USC football a chance to put the 5-7 disappointment of 2018 behind them and the first major steps towards that goal were taken in the first week of Spring Camp.

The Trojans returned to Howard Jones Field with practices on Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday giving the first look at key positional battles and critical lineup shifts.

Here’s a look at five things we have learned so far:

JT’s QB battle to lose

A segment of USC fans won’t want to hear this, but the quarterback battle is very much JT Daniels’ to lose after one week of camp.

Sure, the Trojans are splitting reps more or less evenly across the unit, giving each quarterback a fair enough shot at winning the job. The game isn’t rigged, but it’s also not on even footing.

Daniels’ looked like the starting quarterback from Day 1. He seems comfortable in the Air Raid and still clearly has the arm that won him the starting job in the first place.

Jack Sears and Matt Fink haven’t done much wrong either, but that’s why the whole battle looks like a foregone conclusion. So long as Daniels holds steady and doesn’t make any major mistakes, it’s hard to see him giving way to one of the others.

That’s not to say there hasn’t been at least one surprise on the QB front. Early enrollee Kedon Slovis, a three-star recruit out of Desert Mountain in Scottsdale, has hit the ground running far quicker than might have been expected. He doesn’t look out of place, showing all the polish you’d hope to see from a passer who has been groomed by Kurt Warner.