There aren't many players that can duplicate the skill set of Washington quarterback Jake Locker, built like a linebacker but can run like a tailback and still throw at an extremely high level.
USC freshman Jesse Scroggins is being asked to try this week.
"It's a privilege," he said of his time running the scout team. "It's a job. I got to make a play and get the defense right."
The quarterback from Lakewood is seeing his most extensive action since fall camp broke simulating Locker. It represents a chance to show coach Lane Kiffin what he can do after struggling early, completing just 5 of 17 passes for 63 yards in two scrimmages.
"Since the first performance, I've had the older guys to help me," Scroggins said. "I was elongated (in my delivery), I wasn't comfortable, I was throwing the ball too high, too low.
"I just felt like I needed to make an impression."
If circumstances were different, Scroggins could have been in the role of USC quarterback Matt Barkley this week as Washington coach Steve Sarkisian recruited him heavily.
"He's a real down to earth guy. I think that's why everyone is interested in Washington," Scroggins said.
Sark's Bark Resonated With Havili
Fullback Stanley Havili spent three years working with Sarkisian when he was part of the Trojans staff, but their relationship went beyond that of player and coach.
They were able to connect initially because of Sarkisian's time as a player at BYU. Havili grew up in Utah, starring at Cottonwood High in Salt Lake City.
They were so close that Havili actually considered taking his Mormon mission when Sarkisian was a candidate to become head coach of the Oakland Raiders back in January 2007, a job that ended up going to then-offensive coordinator Lane Kiffin.
"I was bummed," Havili said of Sarkisian's departure after the 2008 season for Washington. "Man, I love that guy. "We were friends (and) he's a really good coach."
But after a crucial fumble in last year's loss to the Huskies, Havili will be looking for a measure of redemption against his old coach. The redshirt senior is also coming off the best game of his career, totaling 187 yards and scoring twice at Washington State.
"There's nothing you can do to fast-forward time, we already played that game," Havili said. "Just got to come out and practice hard. Practice does mean everything."
-DE Wes Horton and CB T.J. Bryant were both limited Wednesday, while OL Michael Reardon did not practice.
-Ominous clouds and several visible lightning strikes did not stop practice.
-RB Dillon Baxter was hit hard three times, one resulting in a fumble, as USC practiced in full pads for the second straight day, a change in routine from previous weeks.
-Kiffin said he will continue to evaluate both RB Marc Tyler and Allen Bradford, but has not decided who will start against the Huskies.
-The Trojans rank second nationally in punt return yardage allowed, with only two of P Jacob Harfman's 12 punts returned for zero yards.
"Everything is always a combination of protection, coverage, location, direction, all that. You can't point to one thing," special teams coach John Baxter said.