A Freshman Receiver Stands Out

Clay Helton was asked today if any of the freshmen wide receivers have stood out during spring practice. He quickly answered, “Velus Jones.”

Helton: “He seems to create an explosion play every day.”

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Galen Center Is Busy

The Galen Center is very busy right now hosting “Tony Robbins: Unleash the power within.” Maybe Andy Enfield will walk on hot coals.

Don’t laugh, look at him lifting a log above.

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USC Quick Thought

When USC wide receiver Isaac Whitney ran the 40-yard dash in 4.41 seconds, an NFC assistant coach told me, “Why didn’t he play more?”

Whitney said he wasn’t bitter about his situation: “Darreus (Rodgers) was killing it. It was out of my control.”

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Basketball Update

Whether USC assistant Jason Hart stays or goes to Washington could be resolved by tomorrow. The fact Hart is from Southern California gives USC an advantage but it’s still too close to call.

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USC Morning Buzz: Do Spring Football Stats Really Matter?

Does it matter that Sam Darnold hsa thrown five interceptions in four spring football practices? He has a young group of receivers. The offensive line has some new starters. And Darnold is entrenched as the No. 1 guy, so maybe he can take more chances.

It’s notable, however, because Darnold threw one interception in his first fall training camp and spring practice. He didn’t throw his second interception until a week into last year’s fall camp. His career total of interceptions was two when Clay Helton named Max Browne the starter. So five interceptions is unusual, if nothing else.

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Sightings

Pete Carroll and Norm Chow were at USC Pro Day today. Now that brings back memories.Meanwhile, offensive tackle Chad Wheeler did 17 reps on the benchpress of 225 pounds. That’s an improvement from his NFL combine performance of 15 reps. But the 17 reps would have still been the second-worst mark among offensive linemen at the combine.

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Isaac Whitney Wins Bet

USC wide receiver Isaac Whitney said he won “$20,000” in a bet with Adoree Jackson over who would run the fastest 40. Whitney ran 4.41 while Jackson ran 4.42.

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USC Pro Day 40 Times

Here’s some 40 times from Pro Day:

Isaac Whitney 4.41
Justin Davis – 4.49
DeQuan Hampton – 4.66
Quinton Powell – 4.75
Taylor McNamara – 4.75

UPDATED: Whitney’s time is actually faster than Adoree Jackson’s official time at the NFL combine (4.42).

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USC Quarterback Dilemma

Here’s my analysis on the situation facing Clay Helton when picking a No. 2 QB next season.

Excerpt: For USC coach Clay Helton, there are three options: He can use redshirt freshman Matt Fink, who is unproven but targeted to be the backup next season. He can insert highly regarded true freshman Jack Sears and burn his redshirt year. Or he can move wide receiver Jalen Greene back to quarterback.

No one might admit it right now, but Greene is currently the best quarterback of the bunch. He knows the offense, is the most athletic and possesses a strong arm. But Greene said Tuesday he wants to play wide receiver. Would Helton risk tossing him into a game at quarterback without practice time? Full story here

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