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A Scrimmage Distraction

If you attended Saturday’s scrimmage, you probably saw USC basketball player Katin Reinhardt race a fan around the field amid endless plugs on the video board to help him reach 10,000 twitter followers. This probably seemed like a good idea to promote a program that just lost its best player.

But if you watch this video of Reinhardt denying he would transfer from UNLV two months before he did transfer, you might think twice about promoting his social media platforms.

Steve Sarkisian Backs Down On Letting Offensive Player Wear Hallowed No. 55

After today’s scrimmage, Steve Sarkisian underwent a change of heart on letting offensive lineman Toa Lobendahn wear No. 55, which is reserved for linebackers.

“There was a miscommunication,” Sarkisian said. “I probably dropped the ball there. The reality is, it’s a great number.”

That pleased former linebacker Willie McGinest, who wore No. 55 and attended the scrimmage.

“That’s a linebackers’ number,” McGinest said. “That number means a lot. Of course it goes back to Junior Seau and everything he did. USC is all about tradition.”

Freaks (And Stat) Geeks

Here are today’s uninspiring scrimmage stats:

Passing

Cody Kessler 5-10, 86 yards 0 TD, 0 INT; Max Browne 5-15, 65 yards 0 TD, 0 INT; Jalen Greene 5-12 72 yards, 0 TD, 0 INT.

Rushing

Ty Isaac 7-23; James Toland 8-36

Receiving

Jalen Cope-Fitzpatrick 3-53; Victor Blackwell 2-51; Darreus Rogers 2-40.

Field goals: Andre Heidari 4-5 (24, 38, 44, 36 made); (34, miss)

UPDATED: Official stats including defensive stats are here: 14scrimrel&stats1.fb

Uh Oh, Passes Behind Line Of Scrimmage! (Kiffin Style)

If you are at the Coliseum, you cannot be happy with these little passes to the tailback that are behind the line of scrimmage. They technically are a run and already there’s been a fumble on an imcomplete pass. This is almost reminiscent of the famous Lane Kiffin bubble screen, which also started behind the line of scrimmage.

It’s Halftime At The Coliseum

Not much offense so far. Just two made field goals. One from the Cody Kessler-led offense and one from Max Browne. A 10-year-old picked from the crowd did throw a 40-yard TD to walk-on George Katrib but the defense wasn’t exactly trying to stop him.

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