There are 19 current USC players who played for Alabama offensive coordinator Lane Kiffin while he was USC coach in 2013: OT Zach Banner, DT Kenny Bigelow Jr., QB Max Browne, CB Kevin Carrasco, TB Justin Davis, C-OT Nico Falah, S Chris Hawkins, ILB Michael Hutchings, S Matt Lopes, S Leon McQuay III, WR Steven Mitchell Jr., ILB Quinton Powell, DT Khaliel Rodgers, WR Darreus Rogers, DE Jabari Ruffin, OG Jordan Simmons, SNP Zach Smith, TB James Toland IV and OT Chad Wheeler
USC picked a quarterback but still has not selected a punter. Australian Chris Tilbey and walk-on Reid Budrovich are competing for the job. Interestingly, Clay Helton is going to let special teams coach John Baxter select the punter.
A few years ago, when I gave the special teams a poor grade on a report card, Pat Haden told me Baxter was “the best special teams coach in America.” Except for maybe one time.
I’m not sure you want to read yet another story on David Sills, but this is a long one from Bleacher Report. It seems to blame Sills’ overhyped reputation on Lane Kiffin offering Sills a scholarship as a 13-year-old prodigy.
That seems harsh and I’m no Kiffin fan. What about the benefit to Steve Clarkson, who could say he coached a 13-year-old that had an offer from USC? Or Sills’ father, who helped build the football facilities at Red Lion Christian Academy. And then created Eastern Christian Academy, which the story says had a student body where 90 percent played football.
No, there were a lot more people than Kiffin to blame for Sills’ overblown reputation. Next week he starts playing for El Camino College in Torrance. Full story here
Is Alabama going to play two quarterbacks against USC? Crimson Tide radio analyst Phil Savage, who watched Wednesday’s practice, suggested redshirt junior Cooper Bateman and true freshman Jalen Hurts could each play. Hurts is a dual-threat QB.
Maybe more important is what Savage said about the defense.
After seeing @AlabamaFTBL practice yesterday, this defense will be the fastest and most athletic Nick Saban has had in his 10 seasons.
— Phil Savage (@SeniorBowlPhil) August 25, 2016