Since Ed Orgeron took over at the interim head coach for the Trojans, the team says they have seen an increased level of positivity and energy.
Following their first practice on Tuesday, Orgeron pulled offensive lineman Jordan Simmons aside for a private conversation, possibly about Simmon's role with the team.
After practice, SCPlaybook caught up with the redshirt freshman for a quick chat and discussed the opporunities on the offensive line.
"There are opportunities there, just have to keep working," said Simmons.
Simmons was recruited by Orgeron coming out of Crespi High School in Encino, Calif. and says the energy during practice has been the biggest difference.
"Pretty excited, he recruited me, lots of energy. Just different out there today having the youth out there on the sidelines, but he's a good dude," said Simmons.
Right now, Simmons says he just wants to continue to improve his game.
"Everything, technique, assignments, playing faster, just a little bit of everything," said Simmons.
The 6-foot-4 Simmons says he's also looking to drop a few more pounds. He's currently 333-pounds and wants to drop seven more. Simmons has come a long way since the beginning of last year though.
"Been a long year, just since I got here 'til now. Came in at 372 pounds last year."