USC football's 2021 Spring Game brought the Trojans back to the Coliseum in front of fans for the first time in forever. Five players took advantage of the stage to show off their stuff.
A picturesque afternoon in Los Angeles? Check. Fans back at the Coliseum? Check. The Trojans dressed to the nines in cardinal and gold? Check.
As for the football itself? It was an up-and-down day for the Pac-12 runner-ups, who played to a sloppy yet highlight-filled 27-7 victory for the Cardinal over the Gold. Who stood out for good reasons and bad reasons? We got you covered.
Winner: Drake Jackson
Here's the thing about Drake Jackson. He's really, really good. When he's on, he's an offense's worst nightmare.
Kedon Slovis and company learned that the hard way when Jackson single-handedly ended a drive for Team Cardinal. He rushed off the edge and batted down an attempt, then stuffed a run, then sacked the quarterback to force a punt.
A healthy Jackson is a scary Jackson and that's what USC got on Saturday.
In general, the defensive line had its way with the offense in the trenches. Jackson had his big moments but others also stood out.
Jamar Sekona, De'jon Benton, Tuli Tuipulotu, Jacob Lichtenstein and Jay Toia were also havoc-creators across both squads.