Family Feud: USC's spring camp is coming to a close
USC's spring is winding down.
The Trojans only have two practices remaining and have already had their "spring showcase." That showcase was essentially just a televised practice instead of an actual spring game, which was not feasible because of the Coliseum's renovations and the team's major depth issues at particular positions.
Keely Eure and Shotgun Spratling return with the latest edition of the Family Feud Podcast to discuss what to take away from the "spring showcase" and the coaches' assessment of that "spring showcase."
In the Stock Up/Stock Down segment, Keely and Shotgun both are quick to talk about the one-handed interception by defensive lineman Drake Jackson that stole the show(case). Jackson also had a sack and continues to standout even amongst a cadre of quality defensive linemen, which Shotgun also incorporates into his Stock Up segment. Shotgun's answers surprisingly follow closely to Keely's Stock Up list from last week as he includes the work of underclassmen John Jackson III and Markese Stepp.
Keely's risers include more veterans than youngsters as she highlights the adaptability of the offense being able to still compete despite missing its top three offensive tackles as well as the work that redshirt senior cornerback Dominic Davis has been putting in. While discussing the cornerbacks, Shotgun goes into his Stock Down list to point out that he has yet to see a cornerback solidify himself as a starter during the spring.
He also has middle linebacker John Houston Jr. trending down as he's been working with the second team more and more the last week while Jordan Iosefa has been playing alongside Palaie Gaoteote IV. On Keely's list are USC's inconsistent philosophies and having the "spring showcase" not be the end of the spring camp. She also raises her concerns about a defense that isn't being talked about frequently. Shotgun debates whether that is just a product of a new offense versus the same defense with there just being more interest in what is new or if it's partly because it's hard to get a full read on the defense with so many positional contender MIA this spring.
The quarterbacks take over the second half of the podcast.
In the 'Heard it on the Sidelines' segment, the USCfootball.com duo dissect offensive coordinator Graham Harrell's comments about all four quarterbacks and where he sees them at this spring. They look at the duality of Harrell's breakdown on the positive and negatives for Jack Sears, Matt Fink, Kedon Slovis and JT Daniels. And is reading into it too much to look at Harrell's order of delivery of each quarterback?
The question is posed whether any of the quarterbacks has actually stood out this spring during the 'Agree/Disagree' portion of the show and when the Feudsters answer your questions, they also look at the possibility of transfers from the quarterback group following the eventual naming of a starter.
The Family Feud Podcast also answers listener-submitted questions about running backs, an alternate theory on Lynn Swann bringing back Clay Helton and a ranking of the new coaches. We are looking to feature your question on an upcoming episode. Send your Stock Up/Stock Down contenders for us to debate, provide us with an Agree/Disagree statement or a question you want us to answer. To potentially be featured on the show, email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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