6-Points: 2012 USC Spring Game

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The defense defeats the offense 34-27 in a no-tackling scrimmage.  With spring practice officially over, here were the six biggest storylines...

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  • Tre Madden - The linebacker turned running back was the positive headliner of spring until he blew his knee out and became the biggest setback for a team in need of power and depth at tailback.  The injury changed the tenor of scrimmages which are now devoid of tackling and could be in the fall as well.  "It was just a fluke play that I wish I could take back," Madden described the non-contact injury for the first time today.  "I'm going to be in running back meetings, so I can get mentally focused on the position, so when I come back, I'm not a rookie again.
  • USC-Legends.jpgGeorge Farmer - The highly touted wide receiver was supposed to be the breakout star of spring after flashing his talent in the first week.  Instead, Farmer strained a hamstring and sat out every scrimmage until today when he made a couple live catches in the Coliseum.  "It was a little challenge [from Coach Kiffin], so I faced up to it and came out to see what I could do," said Farmer about Kiffin's comments earlier this week about pushing himself.  "Coming out and being named an MVP [of practice] and then getting injured the next practice was very disappointing.  It was frustrating."
  • Backup QBs - Kiffin did not name Matt Barkley's number two today, but both Max Wittek and Cody Kessler have been impressive.  Kessler made the best throw of the day completing a 44-yard TD pass to Soma Vainuku.  And in a surprise move, Jesse Scroggins, who sat out most of spring dealing with injuries and academics, led a series today.  "It was definitely a learning experience," Kessler said about spring.  "We're all competing at the same time and every day."
  • Interceptions - The secondary proved to be a group of veteran ball-hawks with two more picks today by Brian Baucham and Drew McAllister.  The defense returns the entire starting back seven defensively and it showed.  Plus, CBs Isiah Wiley, who had five pass deflections today, and Baucham, who intercepted Barkley, improved greatly during the offseason.
  • Thumbnail image for Fan-Autographs-Spring.JPGOffensive Tackles - C Khaled Holmes and OGs Marcus Martin and John Martinez solidified their spots on the starting offensive line this spring.  For now, RT Kevin Graf and LT Aundrey Walker are Barkley's outside protectors, but both tackles struggled with the Trojans' speedy defensive ends.  "We got ran by on a couple third down pass rushes which has been an issue for us," Kiffin said about today's performance.  The head coach has preached patience with Walker, who continues his adjustment to the left side.
  • The Legends - What other program can bring back greats like Ronnie Lott, Marcus Allen, Junior Seau, Anthony Munoz, Sam Cunningham, Keyshawn Johnson, Tony Boselli and Willie McGinest?  The great eight (pictured above) are walking football history and the current players understand the Trojan legacy.  "For me to be able to meet him and shake his hand is an honor," T.J. McDonald said about fellow safety Ronnie Lott, who expressed his admiration for T.J.  "This is DB U.  It's an honor for me to be even considered in the line with [Lott, McDonald Sr. and Polamalu]."

Two-Point Conversion...

  • LB Tony Burnett and RB D.J. Morgan, who broke off a 47-yard TD run, were the defensive and offensive MVPs of the Spring Game.
  • Attendance was 15,515 and the fans rushed the field for autographs after the game (pictured).

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