USC Trojans This & That — 4/11

Graham Harrell won’t be making his choice for USC’s QB starter until deep into fall practices. That’s when he expects Sears, Fink, Daniels or Slovis to jump out and stake his claim to the spot that starts getting all the extra reps.

You get the sense Harrell doesn’t believe this will be a difficult call. It’s as though he feels there will be a natural evolution by one candidate to the level of precision, quickness and sophistication he expects from his starter  —  the guy he feels who finds the “open grass” quicker, more frequently and regardless if the defense knows what’s coming. If sounds verbally overworked in today’s sports performance lingo, but Harrell’s waiting to find his “executioner”, the youngster who just plays best, free of wasted thinking and motions, and too accurate to be stopped.

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TrojanMPA90
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Would love to see how Harrell currently ranks the QBs. Whichever one takes the bull by the horns and sets up players only practices between now and fall camp has a good shot at winning the job.

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He’s not going to do that. If you read his statement on this website 2-days ago he gave his impression of where the QBs are pros & cons and will see what transpires after the summer.

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I keep reading how SC football has so much talent. Well, according to NFL reports, the Trojans may have two players selected in the 150 to 200 player area. That’s talent? Perhaps it is not just the coaching that is sub-par.

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The program has better talent but Helton’s coaches have not developed this talent enough to get any respect of the NFL scouts. Helton is totally responsible for this situation.

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I just read the Arledge article on the late Garry P’s board. I really like his takes. mainly because we agree most of the time. In this article, he agrees with Allen on the total number of wins next year (he thinks about 8) but agrees with me on the overall softness of the program. Football is a sport that requires toughness, both mentally and physically. SC is simply not mentally tough (which would be reflected in physicality) and never will be under Clay (unless he hires assistants who demand that trait and Clay gets out of the way). I… Read more »

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I just don’t see 8-wins on this schedule. 6 to maybe 7 at the very most. As you say, the opponents will come on the field not at all intimidated or in awe and feel USC is beatable. The talent level versus the opponent has evened out some due to Helton’s recruiting the past 2-years and this team will have a good amount of first-time starters.