Even USC coach Steve Sarkisian admitted he is surprised at how physical freshman wide receiver Juju Smith’s been in practice. Smith does not look like a freshman and Sarkisian even asked his coaches how Smith compared to Marqise Lee at the same stage.
John Vella (75) was an All-American offensive lineman (who also played defense) in 1971 and a second-round pick in the NFL draft. He played with the Oakland Raiders from 1972-79 and a member of the Raiders team that won Super Bowl XI.
Former USC coach John Robinson is selling six USC rings that commemorate national championships or Rose Bowl victories. There are national championship rings from 1972 and 1975 along with Rose Bowl rings from 1977, 1979, 1980 and 1995.
The rings will be auctioned off by SCP Auctions of Laguna Niguel with the deadline this weekend. You can check out the rings here: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6
Converted safety D.J. Morgan’s knee troubles continued and he is officially off the 105-man roster for training camp, which means he cannot practice. Morgan will be added back to the roster when the season begins. Offensive guard Damien Mama and defensive end J.R. Tavai returned from sprained ankles. Tailback Justin Davis remains out with his sprained ankle.
Leonard Williams and Antwaun Woods are practicing again while offensive guard Aundrey Walker’s made “great strides” the past two days according to Sarkisian.
USC coach Steve Sarkisian said he did not have much interest in today’s AP poll.
“It’s totally irrelevant,” Sarkisian said. “I’ve never talked to them once about it. I’m not even sure what the polls are for. People love looking at them but for our day-to-day activities it’s irrelevant.”
Ironically, Sarkisian votes in the coaches’ poll. He said he thought USC was around 10th on his ballot.