Really can't call it a game when there wasn’t any scrimmage, just "thud" tackling. Between this and being on Easter weekend the crowd ran about 8K less than last year. But it's a reasonable outing and nice to see the Trojan family upbeat going into the season.
The key areas to look at are who is the backup QB, who replaces the loss of WRs Juju and Rogers, who replaces the 3 lost OL (Mama, Banner and Wheeler). And on D who replaces Adoree, Stevie Tu'ikolovatu, Hutchings and McQuay. Some glints of that were shown in this game.
WR's, despite the losses have quite a bit of talent returning from the last 2 recruiting classes. Vaughns caught 3 and one was a 20 yard TD in which he won the contested jump and cradled it nicely for the TD. Pittman is a big sized WR (6-4, 210) and caught 3. Velus is a speed receiver that also showed his running ability on a reverse for 34 yards (the top run play) and a reception for 21 yards.
I spotted Buck Allen one spring as a winner, but it took him 1 year more to get there. I have similar vibes with Malepeai who though he had 46 yards on 8 carries would have gained a lot more in real game action.
Darnold was used sparingly (4-6 passes for 58 yards). Fink looked good as well on 5 of 9 for 47 (one TD for 20 yards). Strong arm. Sears struggled a bit, and will improve.
With Boormeester out on student conduct problems, the only other kicker was Brown who was 3-4 in FGA of 33 or less and 2-3 from 41 plus. Not bad, but this was with no blitz.
On defense a few standouts: Tuipoluto had 4 tackles . Also with 4 tackles were Cam Smith and walk-on Lopes, Betiku had 3 tackles and is also one to watch . Jack Jones deflected 3 passes and I think had 1-2 more unaccounted for, and looks like he might break out this year.
Overall the OL will be resolved with what looks to be all upperclassmen starters. The D looks like it could be the best in years (from personnel point, not this game), and the skill position on O look strong and deep.