Here are the takeaways from Monday’s third fall practice, which was USC’s first in shoulder pads.
Highlights: Daniels took the first snap with the first team in 11-on-11, but USC quarterbacks coach Bryan Ellis said that was just his turn in the rotation, with Matt Fink and Jack Sears having gone first Friday and Saturday, respectively. This was Daniels’ first day facing a real pass rush with plenty of blitzes mixed in from the first-team defense. He completed four of his first five passes, including a pristine 20-yard post corner route to tight end Tyler Petite and three straight short passes to Tyler Vaughns on his left side. Maybe most impressively, the one time he felt pressure, he chose to throw the ball away. In another series, he evaded pressure (it may have been a sack without the yellow no-contact jersey) and hit his high school teammate and USC roommate Amon-Ra St. Brown for a big gain down the right sideline. He continued to show that he has the arm strength and accuracy to compete immediately for the starting job.