Lane Kiffin’s Trojans

DAVIS.COLORADOThere 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

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The Latest Line

USC is a 10.5-11 point underdog to Alabama depending on the sportsbook. The game opened at 9 points. Cal is a 22-point favorite over Hawaii tonight.

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George Farmer At Tailback

George Farner gained nine yards in 1 carry at tailback for the Seahawks last night. Farmer was originally a cornerback for Seattle. He was a wide receiver at USC although Lane Kiffin tried him at tailback his freshman year.

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USC Morning Buzz: Who Wins The Punter Derby?

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.

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The Baby QB’s JC Journey Begins

SILLS.WR.2I’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

 

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Jack Jones Interview


Jack Jones, perhaps the most decorated of USC’s incoming freshmen, gives a refreshing answer about his training camp performance and why it is tougher to cause turnovers against college quarterbacks.

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Safe Space

PARENTS.PRACTICE

This picture was taken during a USC practice and shows the area when parents usually watch. Apparently, they can only watch on Tuesdays starting this week.

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Alabama’s Continuing QB Derby

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.

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Nick Saban Thought

Do you think Alabama coach Nick Saban is unhappy to hear USC reduced the offensive role of Adoree Jackson and will start the less mobile of its two quarterbacks?

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