With USC in an obvious tight-end shortage, Steve Sarkisian said incoming defensive end Christian Rector might play tight end. He also mentioned again that incoming linebackers Porter Gustin and Osa Masina could play tight end. Linebackers coach Peter Sirmon said Gustin and Masina would spend siginificant time with the linebackers but USC might get “creative” if they are needed at tight end.
Steve Sarkisian confirmed what we mentioned yesterday: Tight end Chris Willson has applied for a sixth year and is waiting to hear from the NCAA. And he might not stay at USC if he gets it. Willson might go play quarterback at a different school if he gets the sixth year.
USC quarterback Jalen Greene said “quarterback’s the plan” when I asked him if he would try any other positions this spring. There’s been talk that some coaches wanted him to try cornerback.
This is a big spring for Greene because he needs to see where he fits in before the Trojans add another quarterback (Sam Darnold) and how his reps compare to the other freshman (Ricky Town). Greene does not want to play another position so he needs to try and make an impression now or the usual transfer rumors will start again.
UCLA leads USC 46-35 at halftime. The Trojans jumped out to an early lead (12-9) but then got outscored 20-5. USC coach Andy Enfield got a technical foul after he was upset about a foul not being called. Katin Reinhardt is surprisingly off to a hot start and has 12 points. USC shot 54.9 percent.