Coaching Report: USC Football kicks off first Lincoln Riley-era fall camp

The Trojans got off to a bright and early start to the 2022 season on Friday morning.

Soccer | August 05, 2022

The Trojans didn’t wait for the sun to fully rise to kick off their first practice of the 2022 season. Excitement and anticipation fueled the team’s early departure on Friday August 5, as a new era of USC football was beginning.

“It’s been a long road for this group to get here,” the head coach said. lincoln riley said after the team’s inaugural practice. “This group was challenged in different ways, and they kept responding.”

While the Trojans only donned jerseys and helmets on Friday, the lack of protections did not affect the intensity of the team. Sweat poured continuously from the players, who trained as if it were in the middle of camp rather than the first day.

“I think you just create that expectation,” Riley explained. “We’ve been grinding these guys all spring. We’ve had a very demanding summer. They were ready to come here. I don’t think anyone was shocked by the pace of the workouts or the amount of reps we did, or even the physique had no pads.”

It was a successful first practice in Riley’s eyes, but the head coach was quick to notice there’s still a long way to go before the team is ready for prime time.

“The [team’s] the execution was good for a first day; it won’t be good for a second day,” Riley said. “You just have to keep climbing. We have to keep building.”

“That’s enough to get excited about, but we’re not going home right now. We still have a little work to do,” Riley said with a laugh.

Notes from the first USC camp practice:

  • Fast New Arrivals Jordan Addison and Raleek Brown made their Trojan debut on Friday. Riley shared her initial thoughts:

    • About Addison: “He’s very observant. You coach the details and then you see him appear on the pitch quite quickly. He made some great plays for us today. Obviously he’s a proven player in his past . He has to come here to prove it, but he had a very good day.”

    • On brown: “His speed on the pitch is noticeable. Athletically, he’s one of the guys who certainly stands out for his speed and his explosion.”

  • Sophomore inside linebacker transfer Eric Gentry had a noticeable presence on the court due to his 6’6 frame. Riley noted Friday that Gentry has been “a real positive addition so far.”

  • True freshman defensive back Sion Branch, who tore his ACL over the summer, was on hand for USC’s first practice. He looked sideways in a knee brace.

  • wide receiver CJ Williamsdefensive backs Domani Jackson and British Allen participated in USC practice after sitting out for the majority of spring camp.

New numbers to know:

  • defensive lineman Nick Figueroawho previously wore No. 50, now dons 99. The red-shirted senior wore that number during his time in college.

  • defensive back Bryson Shawwho transferred from Ohio State as a redshirt junior this summer, wears a 27.

  • True Freshman Rookie Raleek Brown bears the number 14.

  • wide receiver Michael Jackson 3which previously wore No. 13, now wears No. 9.

  • wide receiver Jordan Addison wears the formerly retired No. 3, according to the legend of Troy Carson Palmer gave his blessing.

  • Senior defensive lineman in red shirt Solomon Byrdwho transferred from Wyoming this summer, is number 51.

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