Monday, April 2, 2012
Weekend scrimmage updates
By Kevin Gemmell
Catching you up on some of the spring scrimmages from Saturday.
In the three-way race for a starting quarterback, none of the trio have separated themselves during the first six practices, according to Doug Haller of the Arizona Republic. Mike Bercovici started the scrimmage on Saturday, followed by Michael Eubank and then Taylor Kelly. Per Haller, all three appeared to take the same amount of reps.
Bercovici led a pair of scoring drives -- including a drive that started at the 1-yard line and netted a field goal. Eubank threw a pair of touchdown passes, but was also running quite a bit.
"Whatever it takes to get in the end zone," Eubank told Haller. "If I got to run, if I got to hop, jump, bark like a dog, I'll do it."
James Morrison and Deantre Lewis had the bulk of the carries at running back with Cameron Marshall still recovering from ankle surgery.
Quarterbacks are also the primary point of interest at USC, though not for the 2012 season. A lot of this spring has been about grooming a quarterback to eventually replace Matt Barkley in 2013. And in Saturday's scrimmage it was Max Wittek and Cody Kessler taking center stage.
Each quarterback took a half working with the No. 1 offense, though with so many players out with injury, it was more of a piecemeal unit.
"They seem very mature when you are around the huddle with them," USC coach Lane Kiffin told reporters. "I'd be very comfortable with both of them [running the offense in a game]."
Curtis McNeal and Tre Madden both rushed for touchdowns. With so much of the offense gone, Kiffin let quarterbacks coach Clay Helton, running backs coach Kennedy Polamalu and Barkley do the play calling.
"I had a feeling what the stats would be like so I didn't want those on my resume," Kiffin joked.
You can also see a full scrimmage recap from Garry Paskweitz at WeAreSC here.
Jeff Tuel saw the majority of snaps for the Cougars, completing 11-of-17 passes for 95 yards with two touchdowns and two interceptions. David Gilbertson ran the second-team offense and was 5-of-8 for 52 yards with a score and a pick.
On the receiving end, Kristoff Williams, Bennett Bontemps, Gino Simone and the aptly named Blair Bomber all caught touchdowns.
Per the cougcenter.com, Connor Halliday was not at the practice.
"[Halliday is] doing great," said head coach Mike Leach. "He's got a family deal he's taking care and we couldn't be more excited. We're going to have a very thrilling film meeting and can't wait to see him back there. Cause I think that's going to be [exciting] for all of us. We're looking forward to seeing him again. He's only been gone for a couple hours, but we miss him."