Notables from 6/21 Throwing Session

Some notes from another USC summer workout without coaches at Howard Jones Field.

About 55 players were at Tuesday's session.

The most significant take away from the day was the four freshmen who showed up to the practice, albeit wearing street clothes. They were defensive end DeVante Wilson, wide receivers George Farmer and Victor Blackwell and defensive back Marqise Lee.

Unlike the previous week running backs Dillon Baxter and Marc Tyler were absent. So Barkley mainly threw to receivers and tight ends. In particular, Xavier Grimble had a standout day, catching at least three 30-yard passes.

Another receiver that stood out Thursday was De'Von Flournoy. He had some impressive catches, displaying a massive vertical and great hands.

The session began with seven on seven drills, where the slated "number-one" defense consisted of Marquis Simmons, Chris Galippo and Shane Horton at linebacker, Nickell Robey and Tony Burnett at corner and T.J. McDonald and Marshall Jones at safety.

The "two-team" included Dion Bailey, Dallas Kelley and Hayes Pullard at linebacker, Anthony Brown/Ryan Henderson/Torin Harris at corner and Drew McAllister and Jawanza Starling at safety.

Cornerback Tony Burnett came in late to Thursday's session, and he said it had been his third workout of the day.

Fullback Soma Vainuku said he's been getting advice from former Trojan and current Philadelphia Eagles back Stanley Havili. After taking a year off from school, Vainuku said he's feeling comfortable playing competitive football again. While his statistics on paper say 6-2, 255, Vainuku said his weight is 245 pounds right now, adding that he's lost about 15 pounds in the past year.

Another fullback, Hunter Simmons, made some big plays Thursday. On back-to-back plays Barkley threw to a wide-open Simmons who ran to the endzone at the conclusion of the Trojans' two-minute drill.

Center Khaled Holmes still needs to improve his snapping. He had an off-day Thursday, snapping at various heights. It's expected for him to be inconsistent initially as the redshirt junior has never played the position.

Defensive linemen Nic Perry and Armond Armstead have been strangers at this summer's players-only throwing sessions. While Armstead has had medical issues as of late, Perry's reasons for being absent are unknown. Top Stories