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Practice Report: USC Football Concludes 2022 Fall Camp With Scrimmage

Aug 20, 2022

USC's 2022 Fall Camp came to a close Saturday (Aug. 20) with the team's second scrimmage of the season. The Trojans will now transition to their regular season practice schedule with just 14 days until kickoff. Head coach Lincoln Riley stressed that while the grind of camp is over, the competition will still continue.

"The best teams continue to improve throughout the year," Riley explained. "We can't think all of a sudden, 'We're in the season and now we just go play these games. And we don't have to keep pushing each other to get better.' We need everybody to continue to improve."

The Trojans' starting roster has not been solidified yet, but Riley noted that the coaching staff has a general idea of who will play come September 3. At certain position groups, like wide receiver, the coaches are mainly trying to determine playing time given the talent.

"I think we have that at a number of the skill positions right now," Riley said. "We have several backs we want to play with right now. We have several receivers we want to play with and multiple corners we want to play with … Is a guy going to dominate the amount of reps? How is that going to shake out?"

The next two weeks also involve determining who will practice on the second team and who will be designated to scout teams. It's an important process for USC's coaching staff, Riley explained Saturday, because the continued development of reserve players can pay off in a long season.

"It's an underrated part of your roster," Riley said. "[We're] not building ourselves to win one game, right? We're building ourselves to try to win a lot of games. Win games in different ways, and have to win with different people. And to do that, you've got to develop your entire roster."
 

Notes from USC's final practice of Fall Camp:

  • Riley referenced some specific competitions that will continue heading into the season  including: kicker, punter, safety and left tackle.

    • "We think both Courtland [Ford] and Bobby [Haskins] are good enough that I'm sure they're both going to have a role. And I wouldn't rule out that one of them could potentially play another position. They're both smart enough to do it and have done it for us in camp."

  • When asked who has separated themselves so far this fall, three names initially came into mind for Riley: corner Ceyair Wright, safety Xamarion Gordon, and offensive lineman Mason Murphy.

    • "Those are three guys that you say -- you turn on the film in spring, then you turn on the film in fall and there's a noticeable, I mean, a really big gap. So obviously, they did a pretty good job throughout the summer and here in fall camp."

  • Rush end Korey Foreman was dressed out in full uniform for the first time in several weeks.

    • "Unfortunately he missed more of the first couple of weeks here of camp than we would want him to miss. We've got some time, but he's gonna have to compete hard and catch up and be ready to roll."

  • The next practice that will be open to the media will take place on Tuesday (Aug. 23).

 

New numbers to know:

  • Defensive lineman Nick Figueroa, who previously wore No. 50, now dons 99. The redshirt senior wore that number during his stint in junior college.

  • Defensive back Bryson Shaw, who transferred from Ohio State as a redshirt junior this summer, wears 27.

  • True freshman running back Raleek Brown sports the number 14.

  • Wide receiver Michael Jackson III, who previously wore No. 13, now wears the number 9.

  • Wide receiver Jordan Addision wears the once-retired No. 3, after Trojan legend Carson Palmer gave his blessing.

  • Redshirt senior defensive lineman Solomon Byrd, who transferred from Wyoming this summer, dons No. 51.

 

Head coach Lincoln Riley's media availability: