Freshmen finding their way

FOX Sports NEXT caught up with a few of the freshmen after the Trojans voluntary throwing session Thursday on Cromwell Field.

If there was a group holding Thursday's throwing session together I would have to say it would be... the freshmen.

Max Browne is consistently one of the first players on the field and not far behind him Thursday was Chris Hawkins, Steven Mitchell, Ty Isaac, Michael Hutchings, and Leon McQuay.

Not only were they some of the first to arrive, a few were the last to leave.

And it was a couple of freshman turning heads with big plays.

Continuing to standout from the Trojans' newest class is Steven Mitchell. No matter what the route during 7on7, Mitchell is consistent in catching the ball and ditching his defender.

Ty Isaac and Michael Hutchings are getting their first taste of college level 7on7 and the college life in general.

Isaac looked every part of his 6-foot-2 220-pound listing. The five-star back says the transition to college has been a smooth one so far. "The coaches are taking care of us," Isaac explained, "and then having the full freshmen class here, it's kind of nice getting acclimated."

Isaac's new teammate, Michael Hutchings agrees. Hutchings didn't have much of a role to play in Thursday's action. The middle linebacker ran a few one-on-ones but was limited because they didn't play 7on7.

Hutchings says the transition at first was a bit overwhelming, with a packed few days but he's starting to settle into the routine.

Junior linebacker Hayes Pullard has taken Hutchings under his wing and is teaching the freshman the ways at middle linebacker. Hutchings said during his first 7on7 Pullard gave a lot of one-on-one feedback and instruction. And conveniently for Hutchings, his locker is next to Pullard's.

The biggest challenge ahead, both freshmen admit, is most likely the playbook. "It's a lot bigger than my high school's," Isaac said. Hutchings was proud in his first 7on7 he got "Six to eight" plays down, but admits there are probably 100 more to learn, "It's a binder full," he said.

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