Waking up today is a great day for USC football fans as the Trojans begin fall camp today with their first practice of fall taking place at 5:00 P.T. at Howard Jones Field. Below is the full schedule.
Off the field, the biggest news is that all fall camp practices are open to the public so Trojan fans can go out and see their team in action.
On the field, here are some the storylines that we are watching:
1) Who will be QB?
Gone is Cody Kessler to the Cleveland Browns and the competition is between Max Browne and Sam Darnold. USC Head Coach Clay Helton surprised some people by not naming a quarterback after spring practice so Browne and Darnold will battle it out as we get camp underway.
2) Which WR will step up and start alongside Smith-Schuster?
Steven Mitchell Jr. and Darreus Rogers both struggled with inconsistencies and injuries last year and with opposing defenses attempting to slow down Smith-Schuster, somebody will need to step up and become that true #2 receiver.
3) The defensive line: GULP
Graduations and injuries has USC's defensive line as a huge unknown and there will be a lot of competition between the trenches. Two freshman to watch: Oluwole Betiku and Connor Murphy. Both were highly touted out of high school and could make an impact from day one.
4) Alabama talk, Alabama talk, Alabama talk
Every off-season conversation about the Trojans has been about the Alabama-USC matchup. Pac-12 Media Day was all about Alabama. I expect a lot of intensity this camp knowing USC opens the season against the defending national champions.
Here we go. Football is back.