More First Scrimmage Notes

Clay Helton had this to say (when he wasn’t being asked questions about JT Daniels) about the following three USC players who stood out in Saturday’s scrimmage. The Trojans take Sunday off.

Amon-Ra St. Brown (true frosh WR from Santa Ana Mater Dei)  —  “Whoo! Mercy! What a nice day he had today. And he had some ‘confrontation’ in the catches. They weren’t just lay-up catches. He had body-on-body and was having to make plays. That’s what really separates you as a receiver  —  to be able to make the tough plays, the tough catches, and obviously he did that today. For his first time out, I was extremely impressed with him.”

Jay Tufele (redshirt frosh DL from Salt Lake City Bingham)  —  “Probably the guy who’s having the best camp of anybody is Jay Tufele. He was the one early who was supplying all the pressure on the quarterback. We actually pointed him out in our team meeting last night…of what he’s doing for this team. His strength  —  he is 315 pounds. You put him beside Brandon Pili at 340. His quick-twitch ability is really giving our guards issues. So as a non-skill player, he’s doing a wonderful, wonderful job. He was doing a great job of getting in the backfield.”

Hunter Echols (redshirt frosh OLB from L.A. Cathedral)  —  “Hunter did a nice job off the edge with his speed rush. I felt his presence off the edge which was nice to see. That’s one of the things I saw today. I felt great because there wasn’t a huge drop-off from the ones to the twos. That was good to see. Credit to Clancy. We played a lot of kids. Every kid got in the game today and got some tape and that’s the philosophy we are going to take this year.”