If USC played a game today, freshman Ajene Harris would be the Trojans’ No. 3 wide receiver. Now part of that is because he is an ideal slot back, which is position that is part of the new offense. But it’s also true that Harris is having a good training camp and probably outperforming players with more publicity over the years.
“He’s earned it,” USC coach Steve Sarkisian said.
A natural question is how this relates to another heralded freshman, Juju Smith. The truth at this point is Smith is competing to start at one of the two main receiver positions.
Earlier this week, USC safety Su’a Cravens clashed with some teammates over whether he was healthy enough to practice. Cravens was sidelined with a strained groin most of this week and sat out Wednesday’s scrimmage.
“That was just a miscommunication,” Cravens said.
Steve Sarkisian said the incident illustrated the desire of the team.
`The positive of it all is the players want to win,” he said. “This was all between the players. It never came to the coaches. I said before how close-knit they are and they tell me they are a lot closer than last year.”
Steve Sarkisian’s son and UCLA assistant coach Demetrice Martin’s son scrimmaged against each other during a Pop Warner game Saturday. Martin is also a former USC assistant and was Sarkisian’s defensive backs coach at Washington before going to UCLA.
This is what the end-zone suites at the Coliseum looked like today. Now you can see why the Sun Deck is so small. And why the band will be peering over those suites. AARP Bartner will need a really tall ladder if he doesn’t just stand in the bleachers.
Freshman Adoree Jackson returned to practice today and played only defense. Steve Sarkisian said Jackson looked athletic but needed to work on his technique, which has essentially been the issue since camp started.
Linebacker Daelin Hayes, who is from Michigan, has transferred to St. Bonaventure in Ventura, where he will be teammates with another USC commit, quarterback Ricky Town. Hayes is rated a four-star linebacker by Rivals.com. Town was instrumental in the recruitment of Hayes.