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USC Trojans 2016 Spring Football game coverage roundup and highlights

The USC Trojans wrapped up 2016 Spring football with the Spring Game.

From "Finishing spring with an offensive flash" by Dan Weber at

"USC needed to develop an offensive identity, a flow, an idea of how it would do things, how the coaches would call things, how the quarterbacks would handle things, how the three tight ends would fit into the new schemes and how a now veteran offensive line would exert itself in the run game and pass protection.

Well, put a checkmark by each of those. They made progress on this day. And they did what they had to do. Sure, some viewers who wanted an all-out game watching at home weren't happy. But who cares. This isn't about them. It's about what's best for USC right now."

From "USC Spring Game 2016: Recap, Highlights and Twitter Reaction" by Alec Nathan at Bleacher Report:

"The practice was a low-key affair featuring situational live-hitting periods that weren't scored, but it did represent a chance for fans and the coaching staff to further evaluate the two signal-callers vying to replace Cody Kessler under center.

Max Browne, a junior who backed up Kessler in each of the past two seasons, and redshirt freshman Sam Darnold both hit the gridiron to showcase their arms—but limited live action prevented either quarterback from establishing a clear edge in the competition."

From "USC Spring Game: Studs and Duds" by Alicia de Artola at Reign of Troy:

"USC's tight ends were utilized far more on Saturday than they had been over the past few years, giving weight to Clay Helton's praise of them during the week. Daniel Imatorbhebhe in particular was visible presence throughout the day, catching passes from whichever quarterback was slinging the ball his way."

From "USC's blind long-snapper participates in spring game" by AP via Fox Sports:

"Southern California's blind long-snapper completed two field goal snaps in the Trojans' spring game Saturday.

Jake Olson got a standing ovation at the Coliseum before he participated in USC's final workout of the spring.

Olson says he had to fight back tears when he heard the cheers, but he delivered his snaps solidly."

From "USC ends spring practices with no decision on starting quarterback" by Zach Helfand at the LA Times:

"In a race with freshman Sam Darnold, Browne has nursed a lead all spring. He started Saturday's exhibition — a situational scrimmage rather than a full-out game — with the first team. He attracted the biggest media horde afterward.

But, it seems likely now, USC Coach Clay Helton will not name a starter until the fall.

Browne said Helton huddled with the quarterbacks this week and told them he has the luxury of having "two NFL quarterbacks.""

From "USC Spring Football Game Recap" at

"Quarterbacks Max Browne and Sam Darnold combined for 5 touchdown passes, including 3 to wide receiver JuJu Smith-Schuster, and tailback Justin Davis ran for a pair of scores to highlight the USC football team's 84-play Spring Game on Saturday (April 16) before 23,000 fans in the Coliseum.

Browne hit 7-of-11 passes for 114 yards and 3 scores, including a 64-yard TD on the game's third play to wide receiver Darreus Rogers, while Darnold was 6-of-7 for 63 yards and 2 touchdowns. Browne's other scoring tosses were 38 and 1 yarders to Smith-Schuster, while Darnold threw a 4-yard TD pass to Smith-Schuster and a 38-yarder to tight end Daniel Imatorbhebhe."

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