Andy Enfield has even enlisted athletic director Lynn Swann in an attempt to convince assistant coach Jason Hart to remain at USC. Hart has been offered an assistant coach position at Washington and is close to new Huskies coach Mike Hopkins. A decision could come at any time.
Some news today was Jalen Greene (10) saying he wants to be a full-time wide receiver and Clay Helton saying he would allow to stay there while Matt Fink and Jack Sears battle it out to be the No. 2. But then Helton compared Greene to Antwaan Randle El, a college quarterback who became a wide receiver in the NFL and threw a TD pass in a Super Bowl for the Pittsburgh Steelers.
“The beauty about (Greene) is if needed, he could step into that (quarterback) role just like that,” Helton said.
As I’ve said before, Greene right now is the best No. 2 QB.
I’ve heard big things about safety Jamel Cook since last year but he was forced to redshirt with an injury. But today Cook intercepted three passes (one off each QB). Cook played nickel back and also rushed the quarterbacks off the edge. He is a player to watch for spring and fall training camp.
Thanks to a new NCAA rule, as many as five underclassmen can participate in a Pro Day in order to get feedback for the 2018 NFL draft. The theory is it allows NFL personnel to get a look at these players now and offer some insight that might help them for the next year.
Everything seems to be about star power at USC. Will Ferrell will give the commencement speech. Now an honorary degree is going to actress Helen Mirren. That means two of six honorary degrees go to film stars. Willow Bay is head of the communications school. Lynn Swann is athletic director. You get the picture.
Other honorary degrees go to: social work leader Suzanne Dworak-Peck; David Ho, founding director and CEO of the Aaron Diamond AIDS Research Center; biomedical pioneer Gary Michelson; and Mark Ridley-Thomas, a member of the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors.
USC resumes spring practice today after a week off. The Trojans also hold their Pro Day on Wednesday. This will be a chance for players who did not go to the NFL combine or players to improve their combine marks. Maybe some players will do the bench press again.
Remember linebacker Scott Felix? There was talk last year after he lost his NCAA appeal for taking a banned substance that he would participate in this Pro Day. Felix actually showed up at practice two weeks ago with some other former players like Leonard Williams but a USC spokesperson said Felix’s football career was over.
How concerned should USC be about whether assistant coach Jason Hart goes to Washington? He has been the Trojans’ main recruiter and I can vouch that he recruited Chimezie Metu, Bennie Boatwright; De’Anthony Melton and Jonah Mathews, among others. So it’s probably in Andy Enfield’s interest to keep him around.