Notables: Trojans' 2/16 Throwing Session

News and notes surrounding the USC Trojans after an offseason workout.

While the throwing session for Thursday didn't exactly exist, that didn't stop Trojanland from being abuzz with news and notes.

Tired from a long conditioning workout, the players headed to the locker room en masse. Players said they did mat drills and tire flips, among other activities. They seemed totally exhausted.

The biggest attendee of the day was perhaps quarterback Jesse Scroggins. Scroggins, who missed team meetings and offseason workouts early in the semester, said he has a new mentality now.

"I know the playbook completely," Scroggins said. "Everybody thinks Jesse's not serious. But Jesse is serious."

"I was going through a little mental stage, but I talked to the right people -- definitely my father -- just prayed on it and I'm still here. I'm glad. I'm blessed."

A few weight changes that seemed worth noting: DeVante Wilson wants to gain about 15 pounds, Greg Townsend hopes to lose that much. Aundrey Walker looks like a sleek 315 pounds, down 60 pounds from when he first enrolled. Antwaun Woods hopes to lose about 15 as well and Lamar Dawson seems much bigger than he was in the fall, but I'm not sure how much weight he needs to lose, although it looks considerable.

Speaking of Dawson, Monte Kiffin told early enrollee Scott Starr Wednesday that he plans to move him to middle linebacker behind Dawson. Starr's dad was contacted and the two believe it will be the best move for him as it increases his chance of seeing the field. If Starr can adapt quickly and learn the system, it's likely he won't redshirt in 2012.

Another linebacker in Marquis Simmons, said he remains optimistic after the neck injury that sidelined him in 2011 and knowing he will be competing for a spot at a position full on depth. He said he never got down, although he wouldn't rate himself 100 percent healthy. Cleared for spring ball, Simmons looks to be a legitimate contender for strongside linebacker behind Dion Bailey.

Simmons commented on USC's new linebackers coach, former North Dakota State defensive coordinator Scottie Hazelton.

"Off the top he's a real good guy, he knows his stuff.

"Having a new coach is just great in all aspects," he said. "I'm not really thinking about fresh starts or nothing, I'm just more so happy to have a coach."

After the team conditioned, running backs coach Kennedy Polamalu helped Rhett Ellison and Marc Tyler prepare for the NFL Combine next week. Tyler said he will leave Wednesday for the event that takes place in Indianapolis.

Lastly, according to the Orange County Register's Michael Lev, offensive lineman Cody Temple -- who redshirted in 2011 -- will move to the other side of the ball as a defensive tackle. He will wear No. 98, according to Lev.

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