Monday, May 3, 2010
Spring game wrap: USC
By Ted Miller
Don't call it a quarterback controversy. Call it quarterback depth.
USC starting quarterback Matt Barkley was mostly mediocre before suffering a hand injury, while backup Mitch Mustain passed for five touchdowns and 299 yards in the Trojans' spring game on Saturday.
Barkley slammed his hand into defensive tackle Jurrell Casey's helmet on a 41-yard touchdown pass to Travon Patterson. It was pretty much the lone highlight of the day for Barkley, who completed 7 of 16 passes for 87 yards.
Beyond Mustain, old and new players make an impression
On the old side was senior fullback Stanley Havili, who caught three long TD passes from Mustain -- 28, 33 and 50 yards.
On the new side was true freshman running back Dillon Baxter, whose spectacular playmaking might have been the offensive story of the spring. He rushed for 129 yards on 13 carries and, according to the LA Times, "took a handoff, spun twice behind the line of scrimmage and broke free for a 58-yard gain."
While coach Lane Kiffin seemed fairly unhappy with his offense, he did compare Baxter's moves to PlayStation 2.
The first-team defense was mostly in control. Cornerback Shareece Wright, who might be the Pac-10's best cover corner, had five tackles and three pass deflections. End Nick Perry and linebacker Malcolm Smith both made a number of plays.