ESPN .. what was learned from Sat. spring games

By: allbruin

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    ESPN's carefully stated bit on U (UP) S (SHIT) C (CREEK) spring workout, more or less states....MEH..., YAWN.


USC Trojans

" While USC's spring showcase served as its de facto spring game, the format wasn't noticeably different than a typical Saturday spring practice.

There was scrimmaging, limited contact and reps to go around, but it wasn't structured to allow for any significantly meaningful development in positional competitions.

Coach Clay Helton's highest praise was reserved for early-enrollee freshman defensive end Drake Jackson, who picked off a Jack Sears screen pass and returned it for a touchdown in one of the most impressive individual plays of the day.

Helton said Jackson, a four-star recruit from nearby Corona, reminds him of former USC star Leonard Williams, the No. 6 overall pick in the 2015 NFL draft.

"He reminds me a lot of Leonard, where Leonard was just a grown man as an 18-year-old right now," Helton said. "To come out here in this type of atmosphere, your first time out and have fans around and have cameras around, and make big plays like that. Not only that one play, but he was playing in the backfield all day."

The offensive highlight of the day was a long touchdown run from running back Markese Stepp, who ran through a crowd and pulled away from the defense -- an impressive display from the 230-pounder. He appeared in four games last season (keeping his four years of eligibility intact) without making much of an impact but is without question a player to keep an eye on in 2019.

--Kyle Bonagura "


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