Service team update

With so much talent on the Trojan team these days we don't often hear about some of the players who spend their time on the service team getting the first team units ready to face the upcoming opponent. The service team is made up primarily of freshman or redshirt players as well as walk-ons and the following is a look at how some of the players are progressing this fall:

With so much talent on the Trojan team these days we don't often hear about some of the players who spend their time on the service team getting the first team units ready to face the upcoming opponent. The service team is made up primarily of freshman or redshirt players as well as walk-ons and the following is a look at how some of the players are progressing this fall:

* QB Rocky Hinds – Rocky is doing well and has shown flashes of tremendous athletic ability at times. This will be an important off-season for Rocky to develop in the weight room and with his knowledge of the passing offense. He's got a strong arm, although is can be a little wild at times, and excellent running ability.

* QB Billy Hart – One of the rare upperclassmen on the service team, Billy has been hurt in his progress to gain playing time by his participation in baseball because he misses many football practices in spring but the coaches love what he brings to the service team because of his talent. Hart is a guy who could play for a lot of college teams right now.

* RB/FB Jody Adewale – Jody has done a real good job this year playing the combo role at both tailback and fullback depending on the situation. He's proven that he can physically handle things and now it will simply be a matter of waiting his turn for more significant time at fullback.

* TE Dale Thompson – Good work ethic so far has really impressed the coaches. Dale is a solid blocker who has seen playing time throughout this season and that should only help him next year as he tries to earn more time. This spring will be big for him as there will be opportunity at his position.

* TE Jimmy Miller – Another player who will be in the mix this spring is Miller although he has been spending a lot of service time at left tackle to help fill the void of linemen. Jimmy is a tough kid and this time will certainly help his blocking prowess.

* TE Chris Barrett – One of the more interesting players to watch next spring. Chris recently moved from defense to the offensive side of the ball where he will be a physical mismatch for most of the players trying to guard him. It remains to be seen if he will be able to take advantage of that situation because there will be a lot of players fighting for time at his spot.

* TE Fred Davis – Fred hasn't redshirted but he also hasn't received the kind of playing time many had hoped for such a hyped recruit coming out of high school. This off-season will be critical for Fred to develop his game and focus on becoming a top level player.

* OL Chilo Rachal – Chilo has gained a very good reputation so far based upon his work and he's just a naturally gifted player who has really worked hard and developed himself so far. Chilo has been solid in the classroom, in the weight room and on the practice field. Don't be surprised if he begins to make some noise on the line this spring.

* OL Tiny Malu – He was set to battle for a starting spot at the beginning of camp but injuries (appendix, hand) have set him back and now he's simply using this service time to adjust to the speed and demands of the game at this level. If he can continue his progress that will give us another talented lineman in spring.

* OL Matt Spanos – He recently moved to center and has really turned the corner in his development. He has bought into the program laid out by the coaches and shows a mean streak on the field.

* OL Travis Draper – Travis has battled injury lately which has slowed his progress. He needs to add weight this off-season in addition to getting healthy.

* DL Fili Moala – His future appears to be on the defensive side of the ball after spending some time last year on offense. Fili has such natural size and he moves well at the defensive tackle spot, with the loss of Shaun Cody next year there will be opportunity for Fili to earn playing time in spring.

* DL Lawrence Miles – Lawrence is young and is probably a year away from really becoming a player who will contribute but all the signs are there for him to possibly be real good. He's still growing and can make plays.

* DL Alex Morrow – This off-season will be critical for Alex. He will be entering his third year in the program and it will be time for him to step up his production or risk being passed on the depth chart by younger players coming up behind him.

* LB Ryan Powdrell – There were many who expected Ryan to compete right away for playing time after coming in from junior college but he elected to redshirt in order to learn the system. He's taken advantage of his time to get in the weight room and that should help him next year when there will be opportunity at the linebacker spot (he will likely play middle but he could move around as well).

* LB Michael Stuart – He switched to a brand new position after only one day of practice in fall camp and has taken some time to get adjusted to the new spot. He's got a somewhat similar frame to a Dallas Sartz and if he hits the Carlisle program hard in the off-season we could see Michael begin to really develop as a backer.

* LB Clay Matthews – His name alone is enough to draw attention from Trojan fans but he also has physical skills that could end up earning him playing time. Clay is a thick kid who understands the game.

* DB Josh Pinkard – He didn't redshirt because he is expected to play a major role in the secondary next year and his performance on the service team has done nothing to lower the expectations from the coaches. Josh could be one of the bigger breakout players this spring from among the new faces.


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