- Jordan Cameron has embraced the move to tight end and says that he is up to 250 pounds. During Sunday's scrimmage the 6-foot-5 former receiver showed that he has the tools to be an asset in the passing game. Cameron will need to work on his blocking but his 8 catch performance was a very positive sign for the Trojans' offense.
- Discipline is usually hard to instill and easy to lose, but the new coaching staff is laying the groundwork during practices. From Ed Orgeron barking out orders, to Kennedy Pola keeping the player's accountable for their actions, there has been a different tone to practice this year.
- Freshman cornerback Nickell Robey has been the pleasant surprise of fall camp. The 5-8, 165-pound defensive back has drawn praise from Lane Kiffin for his cover skills and has inserted himself into the mix for playing time opposite Shareece Wright.
- Mitch Mustain has to be considered the best backup quarterback in college football. After his five touchdown performance in the spring game, Mustain had another solid showing on Sunday, completing 23-of-35 passes for 231 yards and a touchdown.
While Barkley remains the leader of the offense, USC fans and coaches have to be comforted to have a pair of very capable signal-callers.
- As expected, the defensive line has been the standout unit of fall camp. DaJohn Harris led a dominant performance for the first-team defensive line during Sunday's 93-play scrimmage. Ed Orgeron's group limited starting tailback Allen Bradford to minus-five yards rushing on six carries.
- The play calling looks like it will be much more imaginative this coming season. Kiffin and Pola have used a variety of formations this fall to get several skill players involved in the offense. Unlike past seasons, look for a handful of wide receivers to get playing time.
- As advertised, special teams has been a big emphasis during the first week of fall camp. One colleague joked that the Trojans' have spent more time on special teams this past week than they did all of last season. Funny thing is, he might not have been far off.
- Marc Tyler finally looks healthy and has shown good burst and power running the ball. The 5-11, 230-pound junior has had a handful of nice runs during team drills and has been tough to bring down. While Bradford has earned his chance to get the bulk of the carries, C.J. Gable and Marc Tyler give the Trojans a nice trio of powerful backs.
Monte Kiffin gives instructions to senior cornerback Shareece Wright.
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