Highlights from Saturday’s USC football practice
A brief look at the Trojans’ training-camp practice on Saturday at the Coliseum:
Walk-on Grant Moore, a redshirt junior linebacker from Mater Dei, was awarded with a scholarship at the Salute to Troy booster banquet on Friday night. Moore appeared in two games last season. His father, Rex Moore, was a linebacker for the Trojans from 1984-87. USC will enter this season with 84 players on scholarship, one below the NCAA maximum.
Senior cornerback Jonathan Lockett will redshirt this season after he recently underwent hip surgery. “He’s only got one year left,” Coach Clay Helton said. “We want him to have the best experience possible in his senior year.” Lockett was a reserve last season. Safety Ykili Ross was held out of the scrimmage to rest his shoulder. Receiver Velus Jones is no longer in a walking boot, but did not practice Saturday. He has been out for most of the week with a sore foot. Freshman safety Isaiah Pola-Mao separated his shoulder when he attempted to tackle Ronald Jones. Freshman linebacker had hip surgery for a hip infection.
Freshman running back Stephen Carr saw most of the carries after Jones in the scrimmage. “I see him playing this year,” Helton said. “We’ll see to what role that is, but there’s no question in my mind based on his explosiveness that he can help this offense. And he will this year.”
QUOTE OF THE DAY
“He’s kind of the definition of, ‘if he touches it, he catches it.’” — Helton, asked about redshirt freshman receiver who Tyler Vaughns who had a handful of snags in Saturday’s scrimmage and has pushed for a starting spot in camp
Greg Johnson, a freshman cornerback, bounced back nicely from an injury shoulder that kept him out for almost a week of camp this month. Johnson had an impressive solo tackle of running back Vavae Malepeai for a loss and a pass breakup.
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