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10 Observations from Week 3

Jeremy Shapiro shares ten observations from week three of USC spring ball practice sessions:

* Justin Davis finished runs with authority and flashed an added physicality this week.

* JuJu Smith is a mismatch for defenses—too fast for safeties and too strong for most corners.

* Kevon Seymour is improving upon his team-best 13 pass deflections from last season and established himself as a reliable bookend alongside Adoree’ Jackson.

* Linebacker Lamar Dawson has performed well in a crucial year for the redshirt senior, and continues making plays against the run and pass.

* Isaac Whitney is a complete receiver who is capable of taking a short pass the distance or blowing the top off a secondary.

* 270-pound sledgehammer Soma Vainuku is a force when he picks up a head of steam, and could flirt with 100 carries this season.

* Su’a Cravens remains a pillar of the Trojans defense in what will likely be his last season in Troy.

* Defensive tackle Cody Temple has been tough at the point of attack and will contribute to the defensive line rotation.

* Connor Spears continues to receive more targets in practice and has the raw tools to develop into a red zone jump ball threat with this 6’6” 240 pound frame.

* James Toland’s instinctive, shifty running style provides the Trojans with another capable threat in the backfield.



Garry Paskwietz
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Garry Paskwietz

A 1988 graduate of USC with a degree in Sports Information. Worked in sports marketing for LA Lakers and Miller Brewing Company. Began covering the Trojans in 1996 with the Trojan Football Fax. Founded WeAreSC in November 1998 with stints at Scout and ESPN. Emmy-winner while covering high school football at Fox Sports West.


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