When the unexpected happens

USC loses freshman QB Ricky Town Sunday after he decides to transfer without warning.

This is how you handle the unexpected. The way USC did Sunday on finding out that Ricky Town would not be coming back.

You say good things about him. As Steve Sarkisian and Cody Kessler did. How the freshman who was here for the spring is "a good friend of the guys in the quarterback room," Kessler called him. Someone he'd gladly counsel the way Matt Barkley did with him when he was a freshman.

"I wish him nothing but the best," Kessler said, admitting it "caught me off guard" and "I still don't know the whole story."

Sark said he found out Sunday before practice when Ricky walked in and told him he was out of here. "The first I had heard of it," Sark said. "I wished him well . . . at the end of the day, you want someone who wants to be here . . . the timing is right for him," Sark said, noting how Ricky can transfer before classes start, redshirt this year (and practice this spring)" and be ready to go next fall.

As to where that place would be, Sark said: "I have no idea."

Sark said he absolutely understood Town's decision. "Hey, I transfered . . . I don't judge anybody. You have to make the best decision for yourself."

Sark, a quarterback himself, said he understood. Unlike other positions, only one quarterback at a time can play. And it all works out different ways.

Matt Leinart went on to win the Heisman and Billy Hart, the other QB in that recruiting class, "will be the Yankees' GM some day," Sark said.

And then there was the Kessler-Max Wittek two-man QB class. One is here "on the cover of every magazine," Sark said and the other isn't. Wittek is in Hawai'i after transfering in the spring of 2014.

But will three quarterbacks be enough? Kessler smiled and said "it's always nice to get more reps for Brownie and Sam."

As for Sark, he said, "If we go through three quarterbacks in a year, we're going to be in trouble" anyway.

They said it

*** Kessler: what he tells his wide receivers: "If you get single coverge, consider that an insult."

*** Nico Falah: "I'm hungry," the 280-pound redshirt sophomore said, literally. Says he needs to get to 295 now that he's added the guard spot inside to center and tackle where he's getting lots of second-team -- and some first-team -- play.

*** Justin Davis on the inspiration for his return as he watched a trio of freshman running backs step in: "That's why you come to USC," he said, "to get out there." He's also grateful learning how that wearing the new Catapult system helped the medical/training staff measure his comeback from a tweaked hamstring.


Decent crowd again . . . lots of friends and family despite the heat . . . getting Kevon Seymour back with a not-so-serious knee bump, as Sark called it . . . He had a small brace on his left knee and was in pads taking part in everything but the team sessions. . . big break for Kevon and USC that it's not more serious . . . today's "finishing challenge" final plays turned out to be four two-point extra points with the defense, thanks to sophomore corner Jonathan Lockett's two plays against the pass which might have been the most encouraging thing to happen all day, winning three of them . . . really impressive stuff for No. 23 the way he stepped up in Seymour's absence . . . Safety John Plattenburg back for a second straight full-go day . . . Viane Talamaivao said he'll be ready to go with his hamstring any day now . . . walkon transfer Yoofi Quansah from UCSD got a block in live work against the first punt team . . . Chris Hawkins back in at corner to start the 11 on 11 run work with Ykili Ross opening at safety . . . Also in: Matt Lopes at safety and Adoree at corner with Lockett . . . Nice deep route by Taylor McNamara for his first TD against the first group . . . Tyler Petite followed with one of his own . . . According to Sark, they were kicking them from 47, 49, 52 and 54 on long field goal day at the other end of the field and Alex Wood, who hit on four of five, had the better of it with Matt Boermeester going two for four . . . Sark said they have to get Max hitting the ball more cleanly . . . Monday, after a quick walkthrough in the morning, USC will have a full-pads scrimmage at 6:30 . . . also Monday, there will be no LA Superior Court hearing on the Bryce Dixon case. It looks like that will happen Tuesday morning instead.

CHECK THIS OUT: For more details and play-by-play on Sunday's workout, check out FALL PRACTICE 9 SUNDAY GHOST NOTES.

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