Steve Spurrier’s ninth spring game at USC is in the bag. The Head Ball Coach divided up his players and they did their best to put on a show for the 35,218 fans that piled into Williams-Brice Stadium on a sun splashed Saturday afternoon.
The Head Ball Coach always makes sure to rig the game for plenty of offense and he didn’t go off script in this one. Not many of the defensive starters played and the unit wasn’t allowed to blitz and only used basic coverages so the climate was ideal for scoring. The Black team won 44-30 over the Garnet squad.
“As far as the game itself, it was pretty even as you could tell,” Spurrier said in his postgame press conference. Even though there was no blitzing allowed today the quarterbacks still had good production so they were able to throw for quite a bit of yards for a spring game. Nobody got hurt seriously, just some bumps and bruises but that is how our scrimmages are and that was kind of a scrimmage game for us and we found a way to put some scoring in to it with the Garnet and Black team.”
Among the offensive standouts were almost all the tight ends. Jerrell Adams looked like a beast He caught three passes for 87 yards and a pair of touchdowns for the Garnet team. He also caught two passes for 25 yards for the Black team. Catches passes for both teams is one of the many funky stats you end up with in a spring game, but no doubt Adams looked strong.
As for the quarterbacks, Dylan Thompson completed six of his ten passes for 96 yards with one touchdown and one interception. Brandon Nosovitch hit 11 of his 15 attempts for 146 yards and two touchdowns. Connor Mitch, who graduated high school early to participate in spring ball, was five of nine with 133 yards. That included a nifty 59 yard touchdown pass to Adams in the second half.
As you might expect there wasn’t a whole lot in terms of a running game. Kendrick Salley led all rushers with 47 yards on 12 carries. He scored a touchdown. Mike Davis finished with 40 yards and a touchdown. He got that on just two carries. After the game Davis said the coaches told him he was the starter going into the preseason.