2020 Fall Camp #10: Scrimmage #2 in the Coliseum
Oct 26, 2020
The Trojans completed an 81-play scrimmage in the Coliseum Saturday morning without any injuries, giving players and coaches a game day simulation and allowing the defense to shine.
- USC head coach Clay Helton was "really happy with our players" for showing up after six days of Hell Week — the most physical week of Fall Camp — and performing on Saturday morning. The defense set the tempo for the day, Helton explained. "If you put pressure on the quarterback, get him off his spot, have great coverage, you're gonna win a lot of football games," he said.
- Helton credited defensive coordinator Todd Orlando and offensive coordinator Graham Harrell for their expertise and work during the scrimmages. "To be able to have total faith and trust in two guys that know their systems so well and are running their systems so well that you can truly focus on your job, which is the management of the game and the management of the team, is a good feeling as a head coach," Helton said. He also commended safeties coach Craig Naivar for running the defense on Saturday, while Orlando missed practice due to a family emergency.
- Quarterback Kedon Slovis has developed his strength during the offseason, continuing to develop both mentally and physically, and is now up to 215 pounds. Helton is also pleased with backup quarterbacks Matt Fink and Mo Hasan's performances during practice, citing their accuracy and ability to make plays.
- Backup spots are seeing the most competition, with most first-stringers "coming into focus," according to Helton. Saturday's scrimmage saw the backups for the offensive line step up, and Helton said that any of the linemen are ready to go into a game and contribute.
- Helton is expecting big things from ILB Palaie Gaoteote IV but has also been impressed with Ralen Goforth. Raymond Scott has been moved from safety to ILB to provide extra depth at the position. Helton plans to release a two-deep Friday prior to the Arizona State game.
- The coaching staff will start preparing for Arizona State this week, entering a mock game week as the Trojans are two weeks out from their season opener against Arizona State at 9 am PT on Nov. 7.