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Showcase a hit with USC’s Clay Helton

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USC finished wrapping up their summer-long practices with their annual Football Fall Showcase. The Trojans’ fans, players and coaches are excited to gear up for this new season. Head coach Clay Helton believes he has one of the most talented groups in the country and the things they are learning this early is priceless.

After the game, Helton marveled at what his ballclub was able to pick up during camp.

“This experience is invaluable.  Whether it’s success or failure, everybody is going to learn from it,” Helton said.

This is a true statement one and off the field. You practice and make mistakes, then when it’s time to play the game, you’re in a position to become successful because you’ve prepared for it. Helton is ecstatic about the unit he has this year. He got to brag on them a little bit after the scrimmage.

“In this position, I’ve never had four quarterbacks that can start on many teams and all are playing at a high level. It’s really progressed everybody.”

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© Dennis J. Freeman/News4usonline – Players prepare for the USC Fall Football Showcase at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum on Saturday, Aug. 17, 2019.

Quarterbacks JT Daniels, Jake Sears, Matt Fink and Kedon Sevis are all great talented players who gives the receivers opportunities to make big plays. Helton will have to make a decision soon on the official starting quarterback. Helton likes what he sees from his wideouts.

“Receivers made some dynamic plays,” Helton said. “That’s what they are supposed to do. We’ve got a rule of we touch it, we catch it. The quarterbacks gave them opportunities to make plays.”

Helton wasn’t just excited about the way his offense clicked. He was also impressed with the other side of the side of ball. Helton feels his defensive unit is going to be a powerhouse this season.

Helton said, “As they grow, we’ll grow. They dynamic of the safety and nickel position, you can see the experience. Our older guys played ball before. They look poised. We may have some growing pains early, but I’ll tell you this, they are some talented, talented individuals.” He also mentioned how good the pass rushers were. “I thought the pass rushers did a nice job. They were a ton of throws where the quarterback got the ball out on time. But if they hung on to it all, the pass rusher would of got there.”

© Dennis J. Freeman/News4usonline – Players prepare for the USC Fall Football Showcase at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum on Saturday, Aug. 17, 2019.

They are tons of takeaways that the USC coaches can learn from this scrimmage. They learned their strengths and weaknesses with running and passing.

“It’s a work in progress just being honest. If one thing is taken anyway the other should thrive,” Helton said. “Today the passing game thrived and the running game got in the red zone which was nice to see. I’m sure they’ll be a couple runs we’ll go look and say, wow there was hole there. I wish we could go could got more in that.”

Overall, USC coaches were thrilled with what they saw in there players this past weekend and is looking forward to growing and developing the strengths in the future. Stay on the lookout for the success of USC this upcoming season. The Trojans get their first test of their 2019 college football season when they play Fresno State on Aug. 31.

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