Family Feud Podcast: Wrapping up USC's spring camp

Apr 26, 12:30 AM

USC football's spring camp is over. It was a spring of change. New offensive system. New roles for several coaches. New emphases on discipline and turnovers. And as always, some new players stepping in -- a couple making immediate impacts.

But already there has been change since the Trojans' camp came to a close as well. Just days after USC finished its allotted 15 practices, redshirt junior quarterback Matt Fink announced his intentions to enter the transfer portal.

Keely Eure and Shotgun Spratling return with the latest edition of the Family Feud Podcast to discuss the totality of the Trojans' spring camp, including the standouts, what we heard on the sidelines and from the coaches and the chances that Fink will find a new home during the summer or if he might be back in cardinal and gold in the fall.

The duo start the show with a discussion about Fink's situation and looking ahead at this weekend's NFL draft, discussing where some of the Trojans could hear their names called. That includes trying to figure out what exactly a failed drug test with a doctor's excuse could mean for outside linebacker Porter Gustin.

Once they get into the Stock Up/Stock Down segment, Keely rattles off a laundry list of players that she thought stood out in a positive manner this spring. Atop her choices are a pair of defensive linemen -- Jay Tufele and Drake Jackson -- that look like they could be elite playmakers in the backfield. Shotgun's Stock Up list starts with new offensive coordinator Graham Harrell and the impact he's had over the five weeks of practice. His list is shorter and includes some of Keely's choices but for some different reasons.

On the flip side, both feudsters have concerns on the defensive side of the ball in the back seven. The future of the starting cornerbacks is questioned in Keely's Stock Down as no one has yet separated himself from the pack. Clancy Pendergast's decision to move several linebackers to different positions is also a concern that the duo have after not getting much clarity in the final couple of practices.

In the 'Heard it on the Sidelines' segment, the pair dissect Clay Helton's extremely positive comments about the offense's ability to run the football and whether that is/can be a strength for the team. They also look at the intensity infusion that Johnny Nansen and Chad Kauha'aha'a have combined to give the defense and what some of the players have been saying to their teammates during practices.

Should fans be positive coming out of spring? It seems like a preposterous thing to say for USC fans after a 5-7 season, but Keely and Shotgun discuss why it should be considered in the 'Agree/Disagree' portion of the show.

The Family Feud Podcast also answers listener-submitted questions about how the team should be marketed following that 5-7 season and why JT Daniels seems to have so many haters. 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

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