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What stood out on Day 3 of spring (3-12)

by Garry Paskwietz

* Once again, a lot of special teams work, today was mostly punt rush/punt block drills.

* Today was the first day in pads so there was a physical one-on-one drill early in the day.

* In a 7-on-7 drill Darreus Rogers had a good play to make the catch despite tight coverage from Marvell Tell. Isaiah Langley made a nice break on a Max Browne pass to step in front of the receiver for a pick-6. Sam Darnold had his best day throwing the ball with good zip.

* A team drill was held with all 20 plays being runs, no passes. Helton said he liked the physicality from the offensive line and from the defense.

* In the team competition to finish the day, the offense “won the battle but the defense won the war” according to Helton. Leon McQuay had a pick-6 after Langley tipped a Browne pass directly to Leon, who added a second pick-6 after a Browne pass went through the hands of Smith-Schuster, and Leon took it to the house again. Browne ended the day by hitting Smith-Schuster with a beautiful deep touchdown pass.

* Helton “to see Leon (McQuay) do that made me happy. He can make plays”. Leon has a Tuesday afternoon class which will cause him to miss Tuesday practices but he will get in some individual work on Tuesday mornings after the walk-through.

* Leonard Williams, Nelson Agholor, Jahleel Pinner, Frank Martin, Paul McDonald with son Matt McDonald were all in attendance.

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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