The Trojans held a no pad workout on Thursday with some position moves all over the field.
First the news: Anthony Sarao will be out the rest of the spring
and for 6-8 weeks with a small fracture in his foot.
No news Thursday on sophomore tight end Bryce Dixon, Steve Sarkisian said. It had been reported that Dixon was kicked of the team Tuesday, but USC Sports Information disputed that report as false.
Defensive end Charles Burks has graduated and is transferring to another school
to play next year.
The door is not shut for a return of Chris Willson at tight end if he
gets his sixth year of eligibility from the NCAA a source said Thursday.
Without tight end Dixon absent, Trojans open up Thursday's pre-practice in a four-wide set with
no tight end. Linebacker coach Peter Sirmon said that the staff is open to possibility using in-coming freshmen Osa Masina and Poretr Gustin at tight end in fall camp.
When you put Adoree Jackson, who was on offense Thursday, into
that mix, you're talking four pretty good wide receivers.
Second day for USC practice is in helmets, jerseys, shorts, no pads. Shoulder
pads come Saturday said Sarkisian.
Sark said they went with three wide outs and a fullback in a two-running back set
at Washington when they ran out of tight ends.
Sophomore Toa Lobendahn getting in some center work behind Max Tuerk. Khaleil Rodgers also back playing some center this spring.
Jackson in the red offensive jersey looks a bit strange. Jackson
always put on a yellow vest last year when he switched back and forth between offense and defense.
Connor Spears, the 6-foot-6, 240-pound Columbia transfer, soon makes an
appearance with the first group giving USC one tight end with Jalen Cope-Fitzpatrick, the lone scholarship tight end now, doing honors with the second
First couple of players catching the ball in early punt return are Adoree Jackson
and Steven Mitchell. Nelson Agholor's spot is in good hands -- literally.
There was another tight end at practice in 2015 signee Tyler Petite.
Sarkisian coached up the team from the sidelines on the first 11-on-11 session, which is new.
The first team offensive line work has the running backs working on their fits with the
blocking. Tre Madden did receive reps in this period.
Speaking of four wide outs, Robert Woods, Damian Williams, Marqise Lee
and Nelson Agholor all at practice Thursday. And as Orange County Register beat writer Michael Lev noted, Matt Barkley got to throw to all four of them.
Lockett played snaps at safety Thursday, while Chris Hawkins, who has been playing safety moved back to playing cornerback.
The first and second team defense got a lot of pressure off the edge Thursday. That includes some good pass rush from Scott Felix.
Robby Kolanz had a great grab on the big bomb of the day against double
coverage from Max Browne, who is throwing the deep stuff really easily.
Matt Boermeester good from 55-yards out in the FG team work.
Soma Vainuku has received a good amount of reps at tailback, although he gets leveled by
Malik Dorton on one shot up inside tackle.
John Plattenburg makes the big defensive stop on the final play to
give the defense its second straight win, 3-2, on the final five plays.
Defense looking vey good the wy it's running around out there and
making plays. But still, no pads yet.