It will be a shorter than normal practice report today because it was a shorter than normal practice for the Trojans, who were on the field for only about an hour with a schedule that will mimic a normal Monday session during the season.
“Today we came out, had a light practice,” USC head coach Clay Helton said. “This will be a typical Monday for us where we get about 50 minutes to about an hour’s worth of work, plus get the opportunity to work with our young kids afterwards, and then work our two-minute situation prior to half. The two-minute game has been so valuable for us over the last year. It’s a situational mastery that you have to have in your toolbox. I thought the kids functioned very well with it today.”
The post-practice also featured Helton getting in some quarterback work and showing off the arm from his University of Houston days.
“The arm will be sore tomorrow, no question,” Helton said.
One news item to report is that Viane Talamaivao was back in the line-up with the 1’s today at right guard after being limited early in camp. Marvell Tell was held out again today with C.J. Pollard taking his spot with the first unit.
Representatives from the Chicago Bears and Dallas Cowboys were in attendance.
Helton reviews Week 1
“Coming out of last week I really felt good at where we’re at right now, and the situations that we’ve gone through, and the installation that we’ve got in. Grading the tape the other day, defensively, two kids really stood out – I thought Uchenna Nwosu and Connor Murphy really stood out at the defensive front position. And then offensively, going back and watching the kids, how they’re functioning, both the ones and the twos – impressive for their first time out as far as communication, not a lot of mental busts and really a physicality that they’ve brought run game-wise. We commended them in our team meeting.”
Is there a timetable for Daniel Imatorbhebhe’s return to action from his hip flexor injury?
“I’m really hoping for the mock-game week, it’s what we’re shooting for. It could be earlier, but that’s what he and I have talked about. He’s, as you can see over in muscle beach, he’s starting to do that with no pain, which is a good sign. We’ll get him running and changing direction. We just don’t want him to go back full-speed with an injury that’s kind of been nagging. We want him healthy, so if we can get him back by mock-game week, about two weeks out, that would be ideal. If we can get him a little bit sooner, it would be perfect.”
A lot of talent at tight end, but a lot of injuries as well. What is your overall assessment of the position?
“It’s given a couple of the younger kids like Erik Krommenhoek valuable reps, which are needed -Cary Angeline, coming off a redshirt year. That’s the good news. The bad news is the vets we’ve got to get back out here, and that’s Daniel and Tyler [Petite], you know coming off of concussion protocol, Daniel with a little bit of a hip flexor, and the good news we got with Josh [Falo] (knee) – on film it was an ugly hit – and to come out of there structurally really good, we’re thankful for that. I’m hoping to have them all back by mock-game week. That’s the goal, and it looks like we’re on pace for that. That’ll give us two weeks prior to game day.”
What have you thought of Chris Brown at left guard?
“He’s doing a nice job, and I’ll tell you, Roy [Hemsley] is pushing him really well too, so both of those two kids. I think we’ve got tremendous depth right there at that left guard position. I would not have an issue with any of those two kids playing in a ball game right now. I think they’re ready to go. Chris is doing a nice job. I’m always hard on him. Any guy that has been playing for two years, I put him up here, and I expect a lot of him. I know Neil [Callaway] is pushing him really hard to be a perfectionist, and he’s got Roy right behind him pushing him, so I think that’s a good situation at that position.”