The Wednesday afternoon practice for the Trojans ended without J.T. Daniels throwing a pass as he continues to go through concussion protocol, which inches us every closer to the reality of Jack Sears starting the game on Saturday.
USC coach Clay Helton has until Friday to receive a report from the doctors which would clear Daniels and allow him to play. For the record, he cannot do anything while in concussion protocol, no running, no warm-up throws, nothing.
“I go through each injury every morning with the team doctors, the trainers, the strength and conditioning staff, etc” Helton said. “I will have another update for you on Thursday after practice.”
In the meantime, Sears took the vast majority of throws today to prepare him as much as possible to get ready to play in the game. We saw Jack take off on a couple designed runs, hitting some screen passes and also having some hits and misses while trying to move the offense. In other words, he looked like a guy who hadn’t taken a whole lot of reps with the 1’s lately but is a guy with a lot of natural skills.
In other injury news, it does not look like Cameron Smith will be able to play in the game after having his knee drained yesterday, so it will be Palaie Gaoteote and Reuben Peters. Tyler Petite (shoulder), Chuma Edoga (sore knee), Caleb Tremblay (tendinitis) while Matt Fink is expected out for 3-4 weeks.
There was a very competitive WR vs DB red zone drill where Biggie Marshall and Michael Pittman had some good battles, with Biggie winning more of them. Pittman did block a field goal later in the day.
In attendance: John Mazur, Marvin Pollard, Thomas Williams, Lynn Swann.