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Trojan practice recap (4-14)

The Trojans wrapped up the 2018 spring ball sessions today with a 90 minute practice session that featured team drills and positional work on a warm afternoon at Cromwell Field.

1st offense: QB Fink, TB Ware, WR Jones, WR Vaughns, WR Sidney, TE Falo, LT Johnston, LG Brown, C Neilon, RG Vera-Tucker, RT Edoga

1st defense: OLB Mauga, DT Tufele, NT Pili, DE Jimmons, OLB Echols, ILB Peters, ILB Jones, CB Marshall, CB Harris, CB Langley, S Tell, S Bolden

Clay Helton had said prior to the day that there would be no live scrimmaging but there was some hitting in the drills, along with a lot of mixing and matching particularly on defense with several starters being held out.

There were a couple runs early by Vavae Malepeai (one where he got down the right side) but an early fumble by Ware, who came right back with a nice run down the left side. Fink completed a pass to Josh Falo in the flat, Josh also had a drop but this was one of his better days of spring. Tyler Vaughns went up high to make a nice grab of a pass on the left sideline.

After a break for more position work, a final 11 period was held that featured a couple nice runs from Fink, including a touchdown. Erik Krommenhoek had a catch.

Among those in attendance today was: JT Daniels, Amon-Ra St. Brown, Markese Stepp, Devon Williams, John Jackson III, Liam Douglass, Olijah Griffin, Isaac Taylor-Stuart, Bryce Young and Curtis Conway. We also saw Jamel Cook in street clothes talking with some of the fans in the stands. Sears hit walk-on WR Matthew Hocum for a touchdown.

Helton quotebook

“I thought the quarterbacks were efficient today, we got the ball to our RB’s and TE’s and that was the game plan. And thankfully we got through the day injury-free. At quarterback, I would say we need to improve on our decision making and accuracy, especially downfield.”

Keith Jackson Celebration of Life

Sunday at 4pm at the Rose Bowl (south end, gates open at 3pm) with scheduled speakers including Harvey Hyde, Tim Brando, Brian Griese, Lynn Swann and Ann Meyers-Drysdale.

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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