Tailback Ronald Jones of McKinney, Texas, is ranked the No. 2 tailback in the nation by Rivals.com. Jones named a top five of Baylor, Oregon, Oregon State, USC and Notre Dame.
I already mentioned how Steve Sarkisian is not wearing white shirts or a visor during spring practices, which is a good way to not look like Lane Kiffin. So I asked Sarkisian on Saturday why he hasn’t worn his trademark visor yet? “They don’t have any black ones,” he said.
And why wouldn’t he wear a white one? Perhaps because it is so identifiable with Kiffin.
Former USC QB Max Wittek visited Texas spring practice, another sign that he will end up there. It’s really down to Texas and Hawaii right now but Wittek favors the Longhorns.
Here’s the Week 2 quarterback rankings, using the Euro rankings system of 1-4, with 4 being best:
Cody Kessler €€.5
Will start at QB next season. So how many games does USC win with him?
Max Browne €.5
Simply not enough time in spring to seriously compete to win job.
Jalen Greene €
The scout team beckons in the fall.
In case you missed it, here’s an encore performance of USC Report, where co-host Reid Silverman and I discuss the burning issues of Spring Practice, including the quarterback competition and the Coliseum personal-seat licenses.
The Huskies scored five runs in the 14th to sweep the Trojans at Dedeaux Field. USC is 13-13 overall, 3-6 in the Pac-12.
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Here’s my story on Saturday’s Coliseum “scrimmage,” where he even Steve Sarkisian acknowledged Cody Kessler’s lead at the quarterback spot. Link here
Even the normally cautious Kessler seems past the idea of a quarterback competition.
“I’m just going in confident,” Kessler said. “Last year I’d get down on myself. I’d say I wasn’t thinking about (the starting job), but I was. I’m still going to compete, but the main thing I’m trying to do is make the team better, not help my own stock.”