As the summer begins, the University of Southern California is starting to heat. As summer workouts finish up the second week, the Trojans are making progress. According to NCAA rules and regulations, during the summer coaches are not allowed to control on field practices. This allows the players to take initiative and leadership into their own hands until fall camp begins.
The Men of Troy are taking steps in the right direction prior to the 2015-2016 season. The past couple of weeks have been a combination of big time catches, competitive 1 on 1 drills, and Antwaun Woods taking an interception for a touchdown? It is certain that the Trojans are competing to be more than a contender in the Pac-12.
There has been a bunch of new faces and old ones making a statement at summer workouts. Let's start off with the emergence of quarterback turned wide receiver, Jalen Greene. The redshirt freshman recently made the switch after this recent spring ball in April, giving him a better opportunity at earning playing time this year. Greene joins once his top targets now position leaders JuJu Smith and Adoree Jackson. Greene will be battling for valuable playing time along redshirt sophomore Steven Mitchell and junior Darreus Rogers.
A new face that has stepped on campus only two weeks ago is already making big plays. Freshman tight end Caleb Wilson, another Serra HS product has joined the Trojans electrifying offense. Caleb, the son of defensive line coach Chris Wilson will be looking forward to impacting the Trojans offense, who is having major concerns at tight end. Wilson is a preferred walk on and at 6'5 he can become a preferred target in the near future. On the defensive side the Trojans have a lot of upside.
Summer workouts are full of intense drills that benefit the quarterback, receivers, linebackers, and the secondary the most. The Trojans defense is getting as much competition as they can and are gradually shaping their identity.
Senior Kevon Seymour & junior Leon McQuay lll will anchor the secondary this season. Seymour will be entering his third season starting at corner for the Trojans. He has shown a lot of promise this offseason, including his performance in Monday's practice. He will lead a hungry group of corners that also include Adoree Jackson, who will be starting on the opposite side. With Su'a Cravens staying at strong side linebacker, junior safety Leon McQuay will be a contender for the starting safety spot this upcoming season. McQuay has much experience, starting nine games last year for the Trojans finishing with 36 tackles and two interceptions. McQuay has shown plenty of promise in summer workouts, dominating one on one drills.
With all of the excitement happening this summer there's no doubt we are in for a treat this upcoming season. Be sure to follow USC football, as fall camp will be underway this August. The Trojans will be taking the field September 5th, at home against Arkansas State to kickoff the 2015-16 season.