Sunday practice quick hits
August, 26, 2012
By Pedro Moura | ESPNLosAngeles.com
LOS ANGELES -- Here are news and notes that won't make it into our other coverage from Sunday's practice on Howard Jones Field.
Backup quarterback coming
USC coach Lane Kiffin indicated he'll name a backup quarterback to Matt Barkley on Tuesday morning, a relatively big announcement because it'll designate who will play quite a bit during the Trojans' first few games.
Kiffin said, as usual, he was impressed with both Cody Kessler and Max Wittek's performances in the mock game the Trojans held on Saturday.
"They both played really, really well," Kiffin said.
Wittek added that he was comfortable with his play in the mock game, saying he "felt fantastic" and was looking forward to Kiffin's upcoming announcement of the No. 2 QB.
"I think anytime a depth chart comes out, it's meaningful, to see where you're at, a crisp 2 or 3 ... instead of a 2a or 2b," Wittek said. "Those mean a lot when you see them."
Pomee puts in some time
Kiffin said Saturday talented tight end Junior Pomee has been "extremely inconsistent" in his year with the USC Trojans.
Maybe the message got through to the redshirt freshman. Pomee stayed on the practice field after the conclusion of Sunday's practice and got extra work in with the walk-on quarterbacks.
If he can put together a few weeks of consistent production, he could overtake freshman Jalen Cope-Fitzpatrick for the No. 3 tight end slot.
Kiffin also said Saturday he didn't expect very many freshmen to redshirt this season, "at all," but it does appears there will be at least a few.
Players expected to redshirt include fullback Jahleel Pinner, offensive linemen Jordan Simmons and Chad Wheeler and defensive linemen DeVante Wilson.
Offensive lineman Zach Banner, linebacker Jabari Ruffin and cornerback Devian Shelton could also redshirt, and it's conceivable another scholarship freshman of some sort will also sit out the season.
And sophomore running back Tre Madden will also be using his redshirt this year, although it won't be for the typical purpose. Madden tore his ACL in the spring and is out for the season.
There will be no more injury reports until March. Kiffin announced a policy on Sunday preventing media members from reporting and/or commenting about any players' injuries off of practices.
Moving forward, it will be allowed during spring practice and fall camp, but not during the season.
Final notes: Kiffin said the Trojans are watching film from Norm Chow's previous stops to prepare for the offensive sets and plays they're going to see against Hawaii on Saturday. ... Redshirt freshman Anthony Sarao is looking more and more like he will be the opening-day starter at weakside linebacker, but strongside 'backer Dion Bailey said Sunday he is also learning how to play on the weak side. ... Kiffin indicated new defensive end Morgan Breslin will play often after impressing in the scrimmage, but he appears unlikely to start the first week. ... USC plans to release a depth chart later on Sunday night.