March 22, 2011
And so it begins.
A new normal has taken precendce in Los Angeles. And it starts around 5 AM.
The opening day of Spring Ball at USC in 2011 did not resemble that of 2010. The players actually knew their coaches - or most of them that is. They knew their plays. But more over, they knew the expectations placed on them.
The tone was set Day 1. Last year is not this year. This year, there will be no last minute losses by a field goal. There will be no lackluster finishes. There will be tackling. And there will be alot of it. Even in the helmets-only work out today, there was an extra physicality that was often shyed away from the previous season.
With 19 players labeled "no-contact" (some recovering from off season surgery, others nursing injuries suffered during winter workouts)the help from eight spring enrollees was more than needed. 7-on7's were interspersed with team play as not not over work a thin offensive line while simultaneously provide extra reps for the quarterbacks - all eight of them. However the faster paced tempo of practice never slowed, not even for a second.
This pattern of 5 AM meetings with 7:25 AM practices resumes again on Thursday and on Saturday at a much more reasonable 10:30 AM.
For in depth coverage of the Trojans Spring Ball visit USCFootball.com's "Spring Ball Central."