There were easily more than 100 recruits at Saturday’s Coliseum scrimmage. Here’s a few that were in attendance:
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.
Defensive tackle Leonard Williams will be a junior next season and considered a first-round draft pick by NFL scouts if he chooses to go pro.
“I haven’t really talked about it, it’s a thought in the back of my head,” Williams said. “I guess it depends on how my season goes.”
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.”
Here are today’s uninspiring scrimmage stats:
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.
Ty Isaac 7-23; James Toland 8-36
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
Former USC player Willie McGinest just did an interview on the video screen and brought up his displeasure with an offensive player wearing the hallowed No. 55.
“We’ve got to have some conversations and meetings about that,” McGinest said during the interview broadcast at the Coliseum.
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.
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.