One of the most irreverent USC blogs, Sports by Scondi, has returned to publishing now that the season is almost here. You should check out his week two recap of spring practice. A brief snippet is below:
The player that has everyone buzzing this spring is Jamel Cook, and he’s been putting on a show as of late.
On Tuesday, he had three interceptions, one from each quarterback on the roster. Maybe this is why Jalen Greene is making the switch to wide receiver full time.
On Thursday, he had a forced fumble and laid the hit stick on an unfortunate player on the USC offense.
On Saturday, he had another interception. He’s basically put up similar stats to what Adoree’ Jackson did all last season. I know is an absolutely ridiculous comparison to make. Not even saying apples to oranges would do it justice, but the talent level of Cook is legit.
He’s no sous chef.
His achievements aren’t going unlooked, as he’s being taught to play the nickelback position. With so many pass-heavy offenses in the Pac-12, and no prominent successor to Michael Hutchings at linebacker, it’s plausible to see Clancy Pendergast switch to a defense that will have five defensive backs on the field. Expect a lot of playing time for Cook this season.
At 6’4’’ 210 pounds, you’re not going to miss him in the secondary, but let’s hope opposing quarterbacks do anyway.
First one in, last one out…of the library.
Things are looking promising for this young man, and I can’t wait to see his hard work and preparation pay off in the Coliseum this fall.
Half way through spring practice and I’m already ready to start tailgating for the game against Western Michigan.
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