USC coach Steve Sarkisian said today he thinks 11 true freshmen will play while seven will redshirt. That could change depending on injuries but that is his current projection.
If we had to guess, the seven redshirt candidates are offensive lineman Chris Brown, offensive lineman Jordan Austin (injured), defensive end Don Hill, quarterback Jalen Greene, defensive end Malik Dorton, linebacker Uchenna Nwosu and wide receiver Rahshead Johnson.
Of course this could change next week if someone has a great week of practice.
USC is simulating a mock game at the Coliseum today and even doing the Trojan Walk to enter the Coliseum. That means getting through Exposition Park, which is hosting the FYF Fest music concert, which features nearly 60 performers over two days and is drawing about 40,000.
In other words, more energy than anyone ever sees outside the Coliseum on game day.
With Tre Madden now a game-time decision, it once again illustrates the tenuous nature of some positions for USC. Javorius Allen is the starter. Justin Davis is now No. 2 but he fractured his ankle last season and sprained an ankle in training camp. Fullback Soma Vainuku is the No. 3 tailback with Madden hurt.
That’s might not really matter for Fresno State but if someone else gets hurt, it could be panic stations for the big Stanford game.
Lineback Lamar Dawson might miss the first month of the season as he still recovers from last season’s knee injury, which might be why there does not seem to be a sense of urgency about bringing him back.
“We’ve got to get him re-motivated,” USC coach Steve Sarkisian said. “I think he was a little bit discouraged. He’s not as far along as maybe he would have hoped for and we would have hoped for, and maybe he took a little bit of a step back mentally.”
ESPN’s Paul Finebaum said this last night about USC coach Steve Sarkisian:
“Sark was really responsible for the offense when Pete Carroll won the championship, a couple national championships at ‘SC.”
Funny, I could swear Norm Chow ran the offense on those teams.