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10 Observations from Week One

by Jeremy Shapiro:

Isaac Whitney looked explosive all week. I expect him to carve out a productive role in his first year.

Max Browne’s accuracy was on point on deep balls all week. It is a luxury for the Trojans to continue to have him develop consistently each year.

Darreus Rogers caught contested balls in traffic and used his big frame to his advantage. He may not be a burner, but he sure looked good on several catches where he out-jumped his defenders.

Leon McQuay contained the edge on several plays, flashed his unique athleticism on several blitzes and prevented anyone from beating him deep. This is clearly a huge spring for him.

JuJu Smith and Kevon Seymour battled all day in practice, wrestling with each other for contested footballs.

Malik Dorton turned some heads with a productive week of practice, tipping two balls at the line of scrimmage and stopping Vainuku in the backfield multiple times.

– Route running technician Steven Mitchell looked to have regained his old form.

Antwaun Woods was spry on the sidelines running sprints and performing in agility drills. I wouldn’t be surprised if he was voted as a team captain.

Soma Vainuku continues to get plenty of reps at running back. The 270-pound bruiser could punish defenses and give the Trojans’ backfield another dimension.

Jalen Cope-Fitzpatrick was rusty at times but otherwise had a solid week of practice as he looks to solidify himself as the Trojans’ premier tight end this season.

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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