Redshirt sophomore quarterback Max Wittek made his first throwing session appearance for the summer. Wittek came down with mono and has been sidelined during recovery. He told FOX Sports NEXT he only lost four pounds due to the illness. During workouts he didn't look as though he's missed a beat.
With the return of one Max means another went missing. No Max Browne at Friday's session. When teammates were asked of his whereabouts no one really seemed to know the answer. A quick look at the calendar of Sammamish (Wash.) Skyline High School though shows that Thursday, June 13th was graduation. It's possible that Browne might have gone home quickly to walk with his class. No response Browne if that is indeed the case.
Kessler once again led the way through workouts. He often took the second set of reps behind Wittek, but is still showing leadership helping the young players learn their routes and correct positioning.
The d-line continues to dominate during 11on11 drills. Both Kessler and Wittek were sacked a couple of times.
The Trojans' secondary is showing sign of growth and improvement. Freshman Leon McQuay III intercepted a Kessler pass intended for De'Von Flournoy. As they say, McQuay can run like the wind. He picked it and was off to the races, completing what would be a pick six.
Walk-on sophomore cornerback Ryan Dillard continues to be one of the hardest workers at summer workouts. He stays after every session to get extra reps. Friday, his hard work showed. Dillard made an impressive breakup on a Kessler pass intended for Agholor, to the cheers of his teammates.
Redshirt junior linebacker turned safety Dion Bailey took more reps at safety than he has in previous summer workouts. He also stayed after to get in more work at receiver. His hands looked better, but still think it has to be a long stretch to use him on offense.
Freshman Darreus Rogers, who made an entirely impressive one-handed grab to complete Tuesday's two-minute drill, had another strong showing Friday. He has a great ability to run at full speed while to make tough catches look easy. He was nearly impossible for the defensive backs to guard Friday. Nothing quite as impressive as Tuesday's catch, but very solid performance nevertheless.
The Trojans will be back on Cromwell Field Tuesday morning for another voluntary throwing session.