Jalen Cope-Fitzpatrick was expected to contribute last season but was academically ineligible. His value is even greater now as the only scholarship tight end in spring along with Bryce Dixon, who was more of a receiving tight end than blocker last season.
Cope-Fitzpatrick requires a lot of reps in spring because he will be needed next season especially if the true freshmen like Tyler Petite require time to adjust.
With new offensive line coach Bob Connelly coaching his first practice Tuesday, here is something I will probably ask: Will he try to alter the way Max Tuerk snaps the ball? Ordinarily, you won’t change something if it works. But even in the Holiday Bowl there were some errant snaps.
USC defensive lineman Kenny Bigelow (knee), tailback Tre Madden (toe) and linbacker Jabari Ruffin (knee) will not participate in contact drills during spring practices. Offensive tackle Chad Wheeler (knee) and defensive tackle Antwaun Woods (chest) are out.
Larry Scott’s got USC and UCLA playing at 6 p.m. in Westwood on a Wednesday. Andy Enfield’s won three Pac-12 games despite constantingly saying his team is improved. And UCLA attendance was down 15 percent in Steve Alford’s first season and at one point another 11 percent this season. Add it all up and you get 40 percent off tickets
Perhaps the best story before Signing Day was when Ohio State coach Urban Meyer went to a basketball game to watch linebacker Porter Gustin. After the game, Meyer approached a teammate of Gustin’s and introduced himself, unaware it was not Gustin.
Today’s story involves standout quarterback Seth Green of Woodbury, Minn., a top 2016 prospect already committed to Oregon. And this also involves basketball. During a playoff game, Green took an inbounds pass and drove for an easy layup with about 20 seconds left . . . in the other team’s basket.
Seattle Seahawks tailback Marshawn Lynch finally spoke about the Super Bowl . . . on Turkish television. Yahoo dug up the video. And he spoke about the controversial last play. I feel like his comments back up a theory we wrote about four weeks ago that Petros Papadakis espoused regarding Pete Carroll wanting Russell Wilson to be the hero.
Money quote: “I had no problem with the decision of the play-calling. I mean, you know … I think it was more of a … how do I say this? When you look at me, and you let me run that ball in … I am the face of the nation. You know, MVP of the Super Bowl … that’s pretty much the face of the nation at that point of time,” Lynch said. “I mean, maybe it was a good thing that I didn’t get the ball. I mean, you know, it cost us the Super Bowl. I mean, I have full … I have full confidence in my teammates to execute that plan because we’ve done it so many more times. But would I love to had the ball in? Yes, I would have.”
Do you agree that Lynch seems to say maybe Carroll did not want him to be MVP?
Dante Flores hit a 3-run homer as USC routed Fordham, 10-1, to improve to 12-0 this season. Now it should be noted Fordham is 1-8. Everyone will see how good USC really is next week when the Trojans play No. 1-ranked TCU on Friday, No. 4 Vanderbilt on Saturday and No. 8 UCLA on Sunday.