Day two of fall camp for USC saw more two-way play from Adoree Jackson and some interesting kicking news for the Trojans. While USC fans have grown accustom to signing bluechips to scholarships, they get a blueshirt kicker Tuesday.
The players who were saying practice would be hard to endure,
tongue firmly planted in their cheeks, without the music must have
gotten to the manager/DJ before Tuesday's second August workout.
Wherever you are in Southern California, you may be able to hear the sounds greeting
the players' entrance for the 6:30 p.m. practice.
Big question about where freshman Adoree Jackson is hardly
answered in the pre-practice position group stuff. He's wearing his
white No. 2 defensive jersey to start, but begins work with the wide
receivers. A classic two-way player really getting reps all over the
Kevon Seymour, on closer look, has really lost a great deal of
weight coming off a stomach virus. Getting built back up might be
harder than getting ready to play. He did run around a bit with
trainers, but did not practice or suit up Tuesday.
USC definitely getting more special teams work in the fall than
the spring. Trojans get to punt team drills right away and the boomers
Kris Albarado was kicking Monday are repeated Tuesday. Not at all the
same as Albarado looked last year.
Tuesday is another 2 1/2 hour practice.
For the most part, the drills in practice this fall are different
from a year ago. They're incorporating more multiple movement skills
and individual drills for player type regardless of position. These
drills fit in well with special teams work.
Alum here tonight is former placekicker Joe Houston, who's
combining arena League football and coaching special teams at El Camino
CC. Hanging out with his old special teams guys calling Albarado
"the new Ray Guy." Moving better than Aundrey Walker, one wise guy
Defensive tackle Kenny Bigelow walking easily and limp-free
across the field to jump on the exercise bike. Bigelow literally moves
like he didn't have surgery three weeks ago.
More contact on day two, almost as if it's shoulder pads time.
But on occasion there is some tackling. They're itching to get their
shoulder pads on, Sark says, something that will happen tomorrow.
Back on offense, Adoree's first play is a catch and run in
traffic that is the night's first "wow" moment.
Seeing some different formations with multiple running backs in
different sets Tuesday. Steve Sarkisian says they're playing to their
strengths and this is one of the ways they'll do that.
USC has a pair of 52-yard field goals to end the placekicking
part of practice -- one by Andre Heidari and the other by left footed
walk-on No. 39, newly blueshirted Matt Boermeester, out of Saddleback
Community College. With just a year of kicking behind him after a
soccer career, he went un-recruited in high school. Sark likes the way
this competition is working and says it can play out this season and in
the future as Andre raised his game to a perfect five for five tonight
after Boermeester had a perfect Monday.
Also good night for the running backs, as much as you can tell
out of pads, but Justin Davis has come back 100-percent with Tre Madden
as elusive as he was pre-ACL tear. Buck Allen is still a marquee
performer in spots. Soma Vainuku also getting going at 270-pounds.
Play of the night: An 80-yard bomb from Cody Kessler to Nelson Agholor. Nelson likes the look of that. "We really have a great
connection," Kessler says of the way the roommates know each other now.