USC will launch an official depth chart after Wednesday night time’s follow, providing a long-awaited glimpse into Lincoln Riley’s position-by-position plans for his first season as Trojans coach.
However one essential battle stays undecided — and will keep that manner by means of Saturday’s opener towards Rice.
USC offensive coordinator and offensive line coach Josh Henson wouldn’t decide to naming a left deal with Tuesday, and whereas Wednesday’s depth chart reveal would possibly listing one identify above the opposite, Henson made it clear that Bobby Haskins and Courtland Ford can be competing by means of the tip of the week.
“I’m not sure that it won’t play out until through the game, and that may be something we do,” Henson mentioned. “Maybe both guys will play, I don’t know, but that’s kind of where I’m at right now. No one has really separated himself at that spot, and no one’s really got themselves behind. We’re just kind of one day one guy’s a little better, one day the next guy’s a little better, which is a good thing. We’re in a heck of a battle, so that may get decided through game play also.”
Haskins began 20 video games over 4 seasons at Virginia earlier than transferring to USC, however he missed all of spring follow after foot surgical procedure. Ford, a redshirt sophomore, was the Trojans’ left deal with for the primary eight video games final season earlier than he missed a lot of the closing month coping with sickness.
For a lot of fall camp, Ford appeared to have the benefit over Haskins, as he was most frequently seen with the first-team offensive line throughout the open portion of follow. Whether or not that stability has shifted stays to be seen. However as a call looms, Henson mentioned he’s on the lookout for “consistency” from each tackles.
Henson isn’t frightened about any lingering questions at left deal with affecting chemistry elsewhere.
“Oh, it’s fine,” Henson mentioned. “Both guys are in there working. Both do a really good job, they’re good communicators, they know what they’re doing, they work well. [Left guard Andrew] Vorhees beside them is a very veteran guy, so it’s not been an issue.”
Quarterback Caleb Williams, offensive guard Justin Dedich, linebacker Shane Lee and defensive lineman Tuli Tuipulotu have been named workforce captains, Riley introduced Tuesday.
Not one of the 4 got here as a shock to the Trojans coach. Captains are voted on by the workforce.
“It was by a pretty significant margin,” Riley mentioned. “The team pretty clearly looks at those four as guys they want to represent them.”
For Dedich, who waited 4 years to earn a beginning spot on USC’s offensive line, it was an particularly significant honor.
“Trusting the process … I really bought into that,” Dedich mentioned. “Now I’m just grateful to earn the job.”
USC defensive again Max Williams has been working at security and nickel in latest practices and will bounce between each positions this season. His versatility may open the door for one more younger defensive again, Jaylin Smith.
“Having the luxury of Max moving around does create opportunities for Jaylin to play,” Riley mentioned. “It shows Jaylin we’re intent on giving him an opportunity.”
Smith appeared in 9 video games final season as a freshman, incomes one begin towards Notre Dame, whereas Williams sat out all the 2021 season due to a knee damage.