Backup Battle

The three backup quarterbacks are within four snaps of each other, which means no one is being favored yet during practices. Based on completion percentage, here are the current standings: 1. Cody Kessler; 2. Jesse Scroggins; 3. Max Wittek.

Post-Practice Report

The defense dominated again with the reserve linebackers making big plays. Walk-on Will Andrew’s intercepted a pass in every practice while Dallas Kelley also intercepted a pass. I would not interpet that as a sign they will play in the fall, however. Tailback Curtis McNeal’s been a strong performer but must achieve a certain grade-point average to be eligible in the fall. Wide receiver De’von Flournoy’s got an injured hip while linebacker Dion Bailey underwent x-rays on his forearm, which were negative.

Morning Buzz

Former USC baseball coach Mike Gillespie returns to campus this afternoon at 3 p.m. when his UC Irvine Anteaters faces the Trojans at Dedeaux Field. The Anteaters are 14-6 overall.

Roster Holes

Kevin O’Neill is visiting Logan (Community) College in Illinois today watching prospects as he starts searching for potential roster replacements for Nikola Vucevic. USC might also look at taking a foreign post player.