USC Practice: Tues. Top Performers

It was one of the shorter practices of the fledgling Fall Camp, and the USC Trojans weren’t in pads today. However, there were still competition drills, and with all of the injuries, new players had a chance to step up.

Here is a look at today’s top performers.

1. OL Max Tuerk
Getting the ball from center to quarterback has been a problem that has plagued the Trojans much of the early portions of Fall Camp, but it hasn’t been a problem the last two practices I’ve attended including today. Tuerk has been most of the reason for the clean center/quarterback exchanges, and he’s already considered one of USC’s top offensive linemen. With the ball getting to the quarterback without controversy, Tuerk can concentrate on doing his job, which he does very well. Tuerk is terrific run and pass blocker, and today he was showing his quick feet getting to the second level to take on linebackers.

2. TE Jalen Cope-Fitzpatrick
This is a good news / bad news proposition for the Trojans. The good news is that junior tight end Cope-Fitzpatrick has looked terrific during Fall Camp, and had one of his best practices today. The bad news? He’s academically ineligible for the Fall. If Cope-Fitzpatrick is upset about not playing this Fall, he certainly isn’t letting it show on the field. He was punishing would be tacklers in Sunday’s gauntlet drill, and he was catching and running with authority again today. Cope-Fitzpatrick at the worst is setting an excellent example for the other members of the team, and at best is looking like an All Pac-12 candidate in 2015.

3. WR George Farmer
With Darreus Rogers out on Tuesday, Farmer got more chances to work with the first team offense, and he took advantage of the opportunity. In 11 vs. 11 drills against the first team defense, Farmer caught a nice touchdown pass on a strike from Cody Kessler in the front corner of the right endzone. Just a few plays later, Farmer caught a two-point conversion from Kessler after working his way back to his quarterback as Kessler scrambled right.

4. DE Greg Townsend Jr.
Townsend has been getting first team work at defensive end with Leonard Williams sitting out the last few days, and like Farmer, Townsend has taken advantage of the opportunity. Working the left defensive end against Zach Banner, Townsend has been quick off the line and using his quick hands to get much needed penetration inside.

5. OL Toa Lobendahn
Toa Lobendahn had a very good day. Lobendahn dominated Claude Pelon in the one on one segment of the day. Lobendahn has been working with the first team offensive line most of the camp, and it will be surprising if he doesn’t start on August 30th against Fresno State. Top Stories