The playcalling was more conservative tonight, which accounts for the lower passing stats. Cody Kessler was extremely efficient. Max Browne struggled at times while Jalen Greene tried to force some passes but also made a decent debut.
The trouble spot was 14 penalties, which means 29 in two scrimmages. Steve Sarkisian told the team in a meeting today he wanted fewer penalties. There will be a lot of talk on the Internet about Adoree Jackson and Juju Smith’s long kickoff returns. It should be noted the defense on those plays was hardly “game” effort. But it did show their explosiveness.
Even USC coach Steve Sarkisian admitted he is surprised at how physical freshman wide receiver Juju Smith’s been in practice. Smith does not look like a freshman and Sarkisian even asked his coaches how Smith compared to Marqise Lee at the same stage.
John Vella (75) was an All-American offensive lineman (who also played defense) in 1971 and a second-round pick in the NFL draft. He played with the Oakland Raiders from 1972-79 and a member of the Raiders team that won Super Bowl XI.
Former USC coach John Robinson is selling six USC rings that commemorate national championships or Rose Bowl victories. There are national championship rings from 1972 and 1975 along with Rose Bowl rings from 1977, 1979, 1980 and 1995.
The rings will be auctioned off by SCP Auctions of Laguna Niguel with the deadline this weekend. You can check out the rings here: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6