* Looks like a padless Leonard Williams staying out for practice today.
* Juju Smith out in pads and working with the trainers to loosen up that ankle. Doing some long early sprinting instead of early receiving.
* Do not see Randall Telfer or Tre Madden here today.
* Kevon Seymour being asked to take it easy during individual drills.
* Lamar Dawson moving better than we've seen him in the individual LB position work.
* Greg Townsend Jr. out here again in full gear, sans shoulder pads, as he gets back from chicken pox.
* Freshman safety John Plattenburg moving much better on that strained achilles. He's not in pads but with no limp and no wrap on it. Much improved over last week in a boot.
* Trojans get right to it on 11 on 11 backup bowl work as Jalen Greene and Co. With a number of second- and third-teamers including James Toland, Damien Mama, Khaliel Rodgers and Aundrey Walker go against a split freshman and walkon defense in a full-tackle scrimmage.
* Toland and Greene do the work on the ground in a hard-hitting session ended on a leaping TD catch from 20 yards out by Steven Mitchell from Greene.
* Good work here that had the starters cheering their respective teams on.
* And back we go with an Anthony Neyer led offense opening with play action to Jalen Cope-Fitzpatrick and a crushing collision as he flattens Uchenna Nwosu in the open field on an attempted tackle. What a shame JCP's not available.
* Most impressive play of the day might have a 10-yard carry by Soma Vainuku up the gut that had him cutting full speed at hip height all the way through. From ground level, he's an absolute load.
* Take that back. Best offensive play of the day is Toland's outside zone run where he times his cut perfectly and streaks for 65 yards virtually untouched by a cluster of arm tacklers. Really impressive burst on a couple of plays today for him.
* Freshman corner Lamont Simmons making plays here on the ball in the air and with a scoop and score strip that has the defense all fired up.
* Really good chance for Mama, Simmons, Rodgers and Walker not to mention Nico Falah and Chris Brown to get a good deal of work they normally do not get.
* K. Rodgers staying as the No. 2 center with the four-deep guard rotation of Toa Lobendahn, Simmons, Mama and Viane Talamaivao.
* Big cheers here for Malik Dorton on a Pick Six off freshman VB-FB guy Larry Tuileta.
* Offensive player of the day Toland also maybe the injured player of the day as he gets his left shoulder checked out, but looks like it's going to be OK.
* Two groups running here: defense after losing first half and offense after losing second session.
* Telfer out at the end of practice but not in pads.
* And we have a third quarter in the backup bowl with Jalen Greene back in there. Again, full tackling and Toland has worked his way back in there.
* Big finish here on a Greene to Robby Kolanz double-coverage 20-yard TD catch. More fire here than Saturday at BC.
* And now for all the marbles, it's Red Zone finish with Toland bursting for 15 inside to get the O going. Then Greene to Mitchell on a TD slant the rest of the way.
* Some seems to demur from some sort of decision to give the D another chance and shreds with one kick an end zone pylon. Serious stuff here.
* And after two more incompletions, the D apparently has won before a late flag for too many men on the field on the defense.
* One more time: Ball on the 5. And one more incompletion and the D has won and the O is mightily unhappy. And well they might be as they have crab crawl on their bellies halfway across the field.
* And at 10:08 it looks like we're out of here.
* Full story coming later but after practice, Sark talked about the team getting in a full lift Friday morning and then having the weekend off to enjoy football. Said "of course" he cautioned them about making good decisions, that he has 113 sons of his heading to the locker room and he'll have his phone on all weekend hoping it doesn't ring and knowing that with this being their first weekend off in a while on a college campus, you just can remind them to keep making good decisions.
* Said the lack of scholarship numbers hasn't hurt USC but did admit that incorporating Scout Team periods for each opponent does slow them down in practice a bit and they try to overcome that with early, middle and late one-on-one sessions.
* Said one of the benefits of today's workout was letting Cody Kessler and Hayes Pullard call the signals for their respective units and realize how tough that can be.
* With the new NCAA rule allowing coaches to comment on recruits who have signed grants-in-aid agreements, Sark was able to comment on RIcky Town, Cameron Smith and Chuma Edoga, who signed last night. We'll have those in the story later.
* Sark did say that the return of Madden and Dawson next week for Oregon State was "doubtful."
* Said everybody else looks to be healing up fine including Townsend who will return full-go Monday.
* Said it's recruiting for the coaches this weekend and Tee Martin has already headed out and not at practice.