I would not count on Chad Wheeler starting at left tackle against Alabama. He felt pain in his foot during today’s mock game and Clay Helton said he would decide Tuesday whether Wheeler or Chuma Edoga starts.
Given how little Wheeler’s practiced and the fact he feels pain, it seems unlikely Wheeler is ready to start or perhaps even play.
USC held its mock game this afternoon minus fans or media and did not disclose the location (El Camino College). I’m not sure why with all the security at Howard Jones Field and the Coliseum it was necessary to play the game at El Camino, unless someone wanted to talk to David Sills.
Oaks Christian junior QB Matt Corral, who is committed to USC, passed for 420 yards and three touchdowns last night in a 65-55 victory over Chaminade. He also threw two interceptions, one of which was returned to the 1-yard line, so it was nearly a pick six.
Former USC running backs coach Todd McNair, who is suing the NCAA, visited the campus yesterday. Among the places he visited was the McKay Center. McNair has not coached since USC let him go in 2010 but he is coaching the Pasadena Trojans Pop Warner youth football team. Sources say his lawyers have turned down a settlement offer of more than $10 million from the NCAA. He has kept a low profile during the lawsuit other making an appearance in the 30 for 30 film on USC football.
There are 19 current USC players who played for Alabama offensive coordinator Lane Kiffin while he was USC coach in 2013: OT Zach Banner, DT Kenny Bigelow Jr., QB Max Browne, CB Kevin Carrasco, TB Justin Davis, C-OT Nico Falah, S Chris Hawkins, ILB Michael Hutchings, S Matt Lopes, S Leon McQuay III, WR Steven Mitchell Jr., ILB Quinton Powell, DT Khaliel Rodgers, WR Darreus Rogers, DE Jabari Ruffin, OG Jordan Simmons, SNP Zach Smith, TB James Toland IV and OT Chad Wheeler
George Farner gained nine yards in 1 carry at tailback for the Seahawks last night. Farmer was originally a cornerback for Seattle. He was a wide receiver at USC although Lane Kiffin tried him at tailback his freshman year.