USC football updates on John Bonney, Pro Day and returning production (2/24)

New USC football analyst John Bonney while at Texas.
New USC football analyst John Bonney while at Texas. / Brian Bahr/Getty Images

USC football found a new quality control analyst and set a Pro Day, while a graph showing returning production says a lot about the Trojans in 2021.

Here's what's going on in the world of USC football on Feb. 24...

USC hires new quality control analyst

The Trojans lost quality control analyst Shawn Howe to Montana State last week following the departure of Chris Claiborne and Hayes Pullard. Now they have a replacement.

USC added John Bonney to the support staff on Wednesday.

Bonney played for Todd Orlando as a safety at Texas. He finished his college career as a grad transfer at Texas Tech.

Given his background in the secondary, it would make sense for his focus on the Trojan staff to be there.

USC's returning production

It's fine to be optimistic about USC's 2021 season. The Trojans return Kedon Slovis and a handful of talented playmakers on offense while moving into Year 2 under Todd Orlando as defensive coordinator.

However, optimism sometimes needs tempering. In the case of the 2021 season, it's worth remembering the Trojans are also replacing a whole lot of production.

USC's returning production figures sit smack dab in the middle of the college football spectrum. The trouble is ASU, Utah, UCLA, Washington, Cal and Oregon return considerably more.

USC Pro Day is set

The Trojans will hold their Pro Day on Mar. 24, according to Bryan Fischer of Athlon Sports.

The annual USC Pro Day is an opportunity for NFL hopefuls to show off for scouts. Since the coronavirus pandemic is still a factor, it should be interesting to see how the day has to be modified.

Since the shortened 2020 season means players have an extra season of eligibility, there shouldn't be many Trojans working out to begin with. It could be an important moment for Tyler Vaughns, the only senior who opted for the NFL. Juniors Alijah Vera-Tucker, Marlon Tuipulotu, Olaijah Griffin, Amon-Ra St. Brown and Talanoa Hufanga will also participate.

DEPTH CHART. Projecting the Offensive Lineup for 2021. dark