Notables: Trojans 2/9 Throwing Session

Some observations from one of the Trojans' players only throwing sessions.

There were about 25 players in attendance Thursday.

A couple of veterans looked to be advising some of their position rookies. Matt Barkley talked a bunch to fellow Mater Dei product Max Wittek while T.J. McDonald was pretty vocal with incoming safety Gerald Bowman. Wittek showed off his cannon of an arm but wasn't necessarily accurate the few times he threw the ball.

Bowman, on the other hand, seems incredibly polished and looks to be fitting in the system nicely. That's quite encouraging considering he is about six months away from actually enrolling.

For more encouragement look in Josh Shaw's direction. Cornerback Nickell Robey said Shaw has been very impressive and could see him seriously competing in fall at either cornerback or safety, if the NCAA accepts his hardship waiver.

Another appearance from some outgoing Trojan linemen like defensive tackles George Uko and Antwaun Woods and offensive guard John Martinez. Aside from vocally, the three didn't participate in the activities.

Another 'Woods' --in Robert Woods -- attended the session but was in full clothes and did not participate in any physical activity.

Fullback Soma Vainuku worked on a catching drill with quarterback Emon Saee for a majority of the session. It looked like he was working on the timing of his catches and while it was only about a 5-6 yard throw every time, he caught every pass I saw.

Thursday's funny moment is brought to you by Matt Barkley. Freshman Scott Starr got beat on a route by Xavier Grimble and Barkley then shouted "Put that on Twitter!"

Interesting to note, Starr spent a majority of the time at middle linebacker, alongside a rotation of Dion Bailey, Hayes Pullard and Anthony Sarao. Hard to read into anything that isn't under direction observation of coaches, though.

On one of the final plays of the day, tailback D.J. Morgan showed off his vertical with an impressive touchdown grab. The offense erupted.

Overall, it was a friendly session that truly illustrated the Trojans' burgeoning chemistry.

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