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2020 Fall Camp #12: Sean Snyder Preps Talented Special Teams

Oct 28, 2020

USC's special teams unit looks to execute at a high level under first-year special teams coordinator Sean Snyder.

  • Redshirt senior LS Damon Johnson said that the team has been "more united," and that everyone "appreciates the game a little more" after this offseason's uncertainty. Johnson and K Chase McGrath both mentioned that they had to get creative in offseason practices, but are excited to be back with the team after being separated for so long.
  • Snyder is pleased with the performance of special teams during practice, especially as they shift towards preparing for Arizona State. He's emphasized the importance of having a fundamentally sound team and molding what they're doing based on who the Trojans are playing each week. "I want us to be able to go out there and execute at a fast paced, high level," Snyder said. 
  • Snyder said that consistency among special teams is improving every day, with McGrath and Johnson serving as "staples," as well as P Ben Griffiths, who Snyder says has improved on consistency and control, and has "really flourished a lot. He's doing really, really well," said Snyder.
  • The Trojans are "still sorting through" return specialists, but Snyder has been impressed with Amon-Ra St. Brown, Olaijah Griffin, Tyler Vaughns and Stephen Carr. He mentioned that there are several guys that have stepped up during the offseason, and is searching for the best combinations in those positions. 
  • Snyder isn't opposed to naming starters, but doesn't plan to do so for more than two units. "I'm going to put the best guy out there that's getting the job done in the best way," said Snyder.
  • Snyder plans for special teams to be able to provide a "big spark and trigger a big play" during games. "Special teams has to be a part of the game. It has to be something that's going to make a big play, do some big things and do some great things," said Snyder.