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Discussion in 'GarryP's Trojan Huddle' started by ErikMcKinney, Oct 22, 2019.

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  2. Rigged4fun

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    I think all of us are concerned about the rash of injuries. Can anyone explain why SC is having such bad luck? Is it luck, or is it something else? They got a new trainer this year because they felt the previous one wasn't addressing the injuries. Is it the lack of actual tackling in practice that makes the injury bug a factor? I'm sure there are several opinions, what's yours Erik?
     
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    Has CCH ever given a real explanation as to why our team practices lack physicality/tackling, during Spring/Fall camps and now regular season practices? It was understandable why Lane Kiffin implemented the soft practices when our depth was down during sanctions, and it seemed to carry over during the Sarkisian regime when numbers were still recovering. What's the excuse, I mean EXPLANATION these days???? Status quo given CCH fell from the Kiffin/Sark coaching tree?
     
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    Erik
    Hopefully this season turns out well but I have my doubts .. if we do flounder I would like your take how a coach like Cristobal at Oregon with no head coaching experience can take a program that was cratering and turn them into a national contender in two years
    What is the difference
    1. Assistant hires
    2. Evaluation of talent
    3. Development of talent
    4. Other
     
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    I know it's probably early but any thoughts on underclassmen leaving for the draft? I'm thinking Vaughns and Jackson are pretty likely to go on offense, probably Carr and possibly Falo. On defense I think it's a given that we lose those two anchors in the middle, Tufele and Marlon T.
     
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    Big local high school showdown with national ranking implications with Mater Dei vs St John Bosco this Friday. Which players who are USC targets should we be watching and any under the radar guys we should be paying attention to?
     
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    Was the tackle by the Arizona defender which injured Stepp legal? I couldn't find any rule either way except it was the equivalent of a chop block which are penalties.
     
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    We must have in depth review here on our Strength and Conditioning staff, their program and why SC players are being injured at a rate far higher than other major schools. Something is seriously Wrong.
     
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    Hi Erik,

    Against Arizona, I watched a USC team that played their hearts out. The game seemed like will power, more than a well-coached and oiled machine. But players can rally behind their coaches. Which happened in Sam Darnold's first season.

    I saw a tweet from Hunter Echols that said:
    "We go to war for you ! The biggest of all horses , thank you for helping us continue to strive for greatness on and off field Fight on. "​

    So there are no doubts players hear and read social media and aware of the decline in the fan base. My question is how much do you think the team wants to rally behind Helton and how much of the team is still intact. I don't think we reached the point the team may quit. Which is great and two folds.

    Also, do you think the Helton is close to turning the corner if the team can actually rally a PAC 12 South or a PAC 12 Championship? I really would not like to re-live 2017, 2018 and 2019 all over again in 2020.
     
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    Recruiting Question: Are we targeting any pass-rush specialist in the upcoming class?
     
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    What's the status with Kyle Ford and Bru McCoy? Are either of them practicing? Are they close to seeing the field in an actual game?
     
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    Yes! Looked like the defender went right at the back of Stepp's leggs.
     
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    Erik, do you see D. Davis getting much playing time at RB? I heard that at one time he was the fastest player on the team.
    Will Easington or Edmunson (Reserve RBs) be making the trip to Colorado?
     
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    What is your comment Or feelings to a possibly Helton could be “Coach if the Year” if we win out? How could he get fired if that happens? I heard this scenario mentioned on Inside PAC 12 this week. Herm Edwards was another candidate.
     
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    I was going to ask that same question. If the Trojans win out, with everything that's happened, I think he deserves one more year and I'm looking forward Erik's answer to your question.
     
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    I think this is a great question. The team doesn't play smart, but they play hard. Harrell is certainly not the be-all we may have hoped for and appears to be feeling his way and learning on the job, but he is worlds better than the Martin/Helton duo already. There have been some great individual performances so far. Pittman is an absolute marvel, Stepp is a joy to watch and Slovis is amazing, among others. The young secondary really competes. At the very least, this team is so much more fun to watch than last year's zombies. At least so far.
     
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    Erik, how do you think Pittman's skills will translate to the NFL? He has always been good, and he is really making a statement this year. He is big, strong, has great hands, blocks, and moves very well. Not many guys catch the ball better in traffic than he does, and he's good with the YAC too. He's tough, smart and appears to be very much a team player. He is beyond impressive to my eyes, and I think he may be a first rounder. What do you think re: Pittman? Thanks and Fight On.
     

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