Which players stood out in USC football’s 2019 Spring Camp? The Trojans found solid anchors on both sides of the trenches while young players took big steps forward.
Spring Camp is always an opportunity, not just for USC football to get better as a whole, but for players to put themselves on a path to playing time before the new season.
From early enrollees to redshirts looking to make a move up the depth chart, the opening practices of the 2019 season were full of stand out figures.
Here’s a look at five players who made the biggest impression this Spring Camp:
It’s not unusual for early enrollees to flash in Spring Camp, but it is rare for one to make a consistently strong impression from week to week. That’s exactly what Drake Jackson accomplished in his debut on the Trojan practice field.
Jackson’s imposing size at 6-foot-4, 270 pounds was the first thing to really catch the eye. He let his play do plenty of talking as well, thriving in USC’s new defensive end position behind Christian Rector.
Even better, Rector’s regular absence on Thursdays because of class meant Jackson saw at least one day of first team reps every week, testing his mettle against the first team offensive line.
Jackson found his way into the backfield to pressure quarterbacks well, earning comparisons to Leonard Williams and Rasheem Green from head coach Clay Helton and defensive coordinator Clancy Pendergast.
His most memorable moment of Spring Camp may be one of the most spectacular in years. During USC’s Spring Showcase on Cromwell Field, he read the quarterbacks intentions while rushing off the edge, stuck his hand out to intercept the pass one-handed, then sped away for a pick six.