Velus Jones had a 40-yard reception today in USC’s first scrimmage. But among the freshmen, there hasn’t been a lot of separation among the freshmen. Michael Pittman played a little bit last year so he was ahead of most of the others. And Jones is small but speedy. But otherwise the rest of the group’s been pretty quiet dating back to last fall.
I’d say Pittman and Jones will play for sure next season. After that, it’s undetermined.
USC held a 70-play scrimmage today. There wasn’t much scoring as Ronald Jones had two TD runs. Sam Darnold threw an interception, his sixth of the spring, on a tipped pass. Matt Fink also had one. Darnold and Velus Jones had a 40-yard pass play.
Darnold has now thrown more interceptions in six spring practices than he did in about 70 training camp/spring practices before this spring.
USC women’s tennis coach Richard Gallien is stepping down after 22 years. Gallien was well-liked and extremely loyal to USC. This is the second coach in March to be leaving (women’s basketball coach Cynthia Cooper was the other). And it sure looks like athletic director Lynn Swann is making moves.
I wrote today about freshman safety Jamel Cook, who had 3 interceptions Tuesday and two big hits on Thursday in practice.
Excerpt: “The interesting part is USC is trying to make the 6-foot-4, 195-pound Cook a nickel back. That gives him a quicker path to playing time with last year’s starting safeties, Chris Hawkins and Marvell Tell, returning this season.
“I never imagined three interceptions (in one practice),” Cook said Thursday. “I had two in high school, but never three.” Full story here
Jason Hart has turned down an offer from Washington and will remain at USC as an assistant coach, according to an athletic dept. source. Hart received a new two-year contract and was personally recruited to stay by athletic director Lynn Swann. It’s a big win for the program because Hart recruited Bennie Boatwright, Chimezie Metu, De’Anthony Melton and Jonah Mathews, among others at USC.