New offensive line coach Bob Connelly said he wants all three true freshmen starters from last season (Toa Lobendahn, Damien Mama, Viane Talamaivao) to lose weight.
“We’re going to work on leaning them up,” Connelly said.
One of the big stories today is that former CIA director and Army general David Petraeus agreed to plead guilty to mishandling classified materials. A possible penalty is a year in prison, $100,000 fine and five years probation.
Petraeus is also the “Judge Widney Professor” at USC’s Price School of Public Policy. Though few will probably mention that today.
Arizona State hired Shawn Slocum to coach special teams and outside linebackers. Slocum was a USC assistant under Paul Hackett and his father, R.C. Slocum, was defensive coordinator at USC and head coach at Texas A&M. Slocum got fired by Green Bay after the botched onside kick recovery against the Seahawks.
Two interesting things here: ASU coach Todd Graham said he wants to improve his special teams, something many teams struggle with (including USC). And Graham does not hesitate to make changes. He moved defensive ends coach Paul Randolph into an administrative role when he hired Slocum and remember he fired current USC offensive line coach Bob Connelly two years ago.
USC opens spring practice today. Who are the players to watch? What are the questions surrounding the Trojans for the next few weeks? Here’s my answers.
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.