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.”

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Gabby
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Besides the CB position, we might have an all Polynesian defense down the road…..sweet!

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That could very well be true…

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From what I’m hearIng, the O Line is still not passing the eye test down in the trenches. What are you guys seeing out there?

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OL still the question.There’s a good article by Alicia de Artola of Reign of Troy ( She gets better and better) . “five things we learned week one…. Check it out .Her assessment seems right on. Basically its a big work in progress.. Period !!! Helton wants to have waves of DL and OL much like OSU did against us. We are near that with DL not with OL. Our RB’s have had good practices,but its been big gainers not 4-5 yrd gainers at a time. 9 sacks yesterday. We have a few practice weeks and UNLV to get OL… Read more »

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So far. Amon-Ra St. Brown is living up to all the talk and hype that we all have been waiting for since signing day. If he continues to work hard each day I don’t see how he’s not at least named as the “3rd Starting WR”. The kid is a play make-rrrrr! Tufele is someone who could disrupt with his quickness to get in the backfield but make it tough on the run game for the opponent. We need the DL to play like a Trojan DL should in the trenches. Smack those Stanford Trees in the mouth and hold… Read more »

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Questions some to mind from these reports
1. The impression is the offense is dominating the defense. Is that really the case? How many times did the offense fail on 3rd down? Was the QB protected from hits/tackles? Easier to throw if you know you won’t get hit.
2. Who spread the ball around the most, Sears or Daniels?
3. St Brown may be great but is Daniels overly depending on him? Easy for a defense if they know one guy is getting all the balls. question

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eight sacks, seems Sears got 3-4 in his opening series. JT once. The D line had high praise.
St Brown and JT got most the pub. But I hear Jay Tufele could be argued as the overall standout. First play,Sears threw a certain pic six. First play JT threw a 55 yr pin point reception. From every account,all considerations it was JT’s day in QB race. Sounds like all the RB’s had at least one good play……OL is still ? Jackson didn’t play much,early minor injury.He has been stud so far.

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That seems good with the QB protected from hits. Who took the sacks? Can we get other stats somewhere?

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I just took bits and pieces from different reporters there.Along with a couple you tube’s .
the Dan Weber/ Keily is pretty good. From what I understand Sears got the most hits. Sears seemed to have one bad play,which would have been a pic 6 against any good team.He also had one good long td bomb.

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These quotes are what give me hope in Helton for the future that I mentioned in the thread about him quoting about the QB’s. These are the exact quotes I want to see. I think Helton’s best quote was to explain that Brown’s catches were in traffic and not just easy ‘lay-ups’. A close second was to explain Tufele’s excellent work and how it is specifically paying off. Helton gave concrete examples of both players and not just passing compliments. It really seems that the coaching staff is going to play multiple lines. That they are going to substitute very… Read more »

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‘Old Trojans never die’ took the words out of my mouth. I too believe fatigue has played a factor with SC play in recent years. Helton and staff have caught criticism that they make poor halftime adjustments, but if your linemen have to be bullied for 4 quarters without reserves helping them out, Troy will be at a disadvantage come the 4th quarter. The team is looking pretty good now with the offense apparently improved, and perhaps there will be little drop-off from Sam if Daniels keep performing. So perhaps Stanford and Texas should become a little worried about the… Read more »

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LJ, you just touched on something that I think is very important in gauging where the program is. It can best be seen many times in just basic descriptions. I know we are back to relevance when we are other team’s (especially traditional power teams) “game of the year”. When we supplant the traditional rival’s place on the schedule, even if it is just arguable, then we are back. The next big hurdle is to win. And not just win, but play like we are the better team. To pass the ‘look’ test. And when an Oklahoma Orange Bowl game… Read more »

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Right on about pro football! Give me college or high school football anytime!

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An important and telling statement near the end that they are trying to see everyone this year. I think they were stuck in the limited scholarship mode for too long. In some cases the first string played the whole game, so by the fourth quarter they were gassed. Now if others are able to play a couple of series the firsts can catch their breath and take it to the other team.