Erik McKinney writes: A rundown of USC's fifth spring practice, highlighted by sophomore DT George Uko's positive response after being demoted to the second team.
Garry Paskwietz writes: Scott Starr gave up his last semester at Norco (Calif.) High School to join USC early. He's glad he did that, as there has been a considerable adjustment to college for Starr.
Greg Katz writes: After redshirting last season, Greg Townsend Jr., the son of former Raiders All-Pro defensive end Greg Townsend, is adjusting to being moved to defensive tackle.
Erik McKinney writes: As much as the coaching staff is trying to temper expectations, the move of sophomore Tre Madden from LB to RB has been a successful one thus far.
Erik McKinney writes: After academic troubles last season put him at the end of the depth chart, senior cornerback Brian Baucham is making a positive impression during spring ball.
WeAreSC podcast: Garry Paskwietz and Erik McKinney preview the first scrimmage of the spring on Saturday.