Jack Jones, perhaps the most decorated of USC’s incoming freshmen, gives a refreshing answer about his training camp performance and why it is tougher to cause turnovers against college quarterbacks.
Is Alabama going to play two quarterbacks against USC? Crimson Tide radio analyst Phil Savage, who watched Wednesday’s practice, suggested redshirt junior Cooper Bateman and true freshman Jalen Hurts could each play. Hurts is a dual-threat QB.
Maybe more important is what Savage said about the defense.
After seeing @AlabamaFTBL practice yesterday, this defense will be the fastest and most athletic Nick Saban has had in his 10 seasons.
— Phil Savage (@SeniorBowlPhil) August 25, 2016
Here’s my notes and observations, led by freshman cornerback Jack Jones (left, above), who made a splash in his first official USC interview.
“I expect to win the Heisman this year,” Jones said.
In other news, Adoree Jackson talks about a reduced role on offense, which he hasn’t even practiced yet this month.
“I don’t want to play 110 snaps (in a game) like against Utah or Notre Dame,” Jackson said.
This is a significant injury update: Chad Wheeler is not practicing yet but Clay Helton said his sore foot (plantar fasciitis) is improving and Wheeler is 50-50 for the Alabama game. Without Wheeler, USC needs to either flip Zach Banner to left tackle or start Chuma Edoga at left tackle.
“As far as Lane Kiffin going against his former team, USC, I think he’ll downplay it to everybody in the media. I think he’ll try to kind of poo-poo it even. Like this is just another game. We’ve got to get ready. We’ve got to find a quarterback. We don’t know what we have. But I do think that deep down there is something a little bit special for him going up against USC. Just to remind the USC folks what they let go. He’s a human. He has a competitive spirit. If anybody ever left one job and got fired to go to and he got hired in another job and you’re going back to play that school that fired you, I think anybody would be crazy to say that it wasn’t a little bit special or there’s a little bit more incentive there.
“So it will be there. How it will impact the game, I don’t think it will. But I think privately deep down, I think Lane Kiffin’s incredibly fired up to have an opportunity to coach Alabama offensively against USC.”
Just to remind the USC folks what they let go? What did they let go?
It’s very, very early. That said, it took one or two practices to see Mike Williams, Robert Woods, Marqise Lee and JuJu Smith-Schuster were special. If someone asked who is special among the freshmen I would say no one. I think Michael Pittman can be but I can’t say it like I could about those above-mentioned receivers.