USC spring game: live updates

USC spring game: live updates
USC quarterback Cody Kessler loosens up alongside Max Browne before the Trojans' annual spring game on Saturday at the Coliseum. (Gina Ferazzi / Los Angeles Times)

Fans in the Coliseum are getting their first look at freshman quarterback Ricky Town.

Cornerback Jalen Jones intercepted Town.



USC President Max Nikias and Athletic Director Pat Haden are on the sideline watching the scrimmage.

It appears Cody Kessler could be done throwing in the scrimmage. Max Browne took the field after Jalen Greene.

Max Browne completed an impressive 41-yard pass to JuJu Smith in front of Kevon Seymour.

The announced attendance today is 22,788.


The second half has started.

Adoree' Jackson remains on defense.

Leonard Williams is on the sideline talking with other former players.

Max Browne has completed a couple of passes over the middle to Darreus Rogers and JuJu Smith.

JuJu Smith catches a 15-yard touchdown pass from Browne and dunks it through the upright. He better enjoy dunking while he can, that's a penalty in the NFL.

Jalen Greene is in at quarterback. The redshirt freshman completed a 15-yard pass to tight end Jalen Cope-Fitzpatrick. Cope-Fitzpatrick spent most of the spring taking reps with the third team.


It's halftime.


The offense and defense have split up and are working on unit drills.

Cody Kessler has completed eight of 10 passes for 126 yards.

Max Browne has completed nine of 19 passes for 99 yards.


Wardrobe change for Adoree' Jackson, who has switched from a cardinal jersey to a white jersey - moving from receiver to cornerback.

Coach Steve Sarkisian shows a trick play from the playbook. Max Browne completes a lateral to Ajene Harris, who completes a deep pass to JuJu Smith - but there are flags on the play and an illegal shift is called. Harris played quarterback in high school.

Cody Kessler completes about a 10-yard pass to Steven Mitchell who turns and runs for a 60-yard gain. Mitchell had an outstanding spring and could be a playmaker in the slot this fall.


The scrimmage has come to a halt. The offense and defense have split up for what coaches call a "teach period."


Cody Kessler is back on the field. It appears the scrimmage could be limited to Kessler and Max Browne at quarterback.

Kessler, under pressure, scrambled and completed an impressive 36-yard pass to JuJu Smith, who fell one-yard short of the goal line.

Kessler said this spring that he worked with strength coach Ivan Lewis through the offseason to improve his mobility. He has looked much more swift on his feet and a few designed runs have been added to the playbook.

Max Browne completed three consecutive passes to Robby Kolanz, Adoree' Jackson and Ajene Harris to move from the 60 yard line to the four yard line.

Only two scholarship players - Chris Hawkins and Leon McQuay -- are suited up at safety.

It was a trend this spring that whichever side of the ball Jackson played on had a tendency to win the drill. So far in the scrimmage, Jackson has been on offense.


Time to scrimmage.

Play will start from the 40-yard line.

Quarterback Cody Kessler throws deep to Adoree' Jackson in the end zone on the first play, but Leon McQuay breaks up the pass. Kessler completes an eight-yard pass to JuJu Smith and then hands off to Justin Davis, who is stopped short of the first down by Delvon Simmons.

Kicker Matt Boermeester made a 52-yard field goal.

Quarterback Max Browne also throws deep on the first play, intending for Isaac Whitney but the pass is broken up. Browne's second pass to Ajene Harris falls incomplete. Browne then completes a 19-yard pass to Harris.

Coach Steve Sarkisian is mic'd up for the game, can hear him saying "Let's go, let's go," likely referring to the tempo of play.

Kicker Alex Wood makes a 35-yard field goal.


Skills players are playing 7on7 and linemen are working in a one-on-one drills.

All four quarterbacks -- Cody Kessler, Max Browne, Jalen Greene and Ricky Town are getting a chance to throw.

Kessler and Browne make it look effortless. Greene's accuracy appears to be his biggest point of improvement. Town, who enrolled in January, completes short passes in the drill but throws long on the deep balls.

Former USC tailback Silas Redd is here, talking on the big screen. He said his rookie season with the Washington Redskins was a "grind," adding that the expectations were a "little higher" in the NFL.

Redd said that he was the only USC player in the Redskins' locker room and joked that USC on the east coast stands for the University of South Carolina.


Former Trojans on the field include Ronnie Lott, Willie McGinest, Tony Boselli and Anthony Munoz.

The Trojans are running the Oklahoma drill, when a ball carrier tries to make his way through a gauntlet of defenders. This drill always draws cheers from the crowd because of its physical nature.


Multiple players are not suited for the game: safety John Plattenburg, linebackers Anthony Sarao and Jabari Ruffin, defensive linemen Antwaun Woods, Greg Townsend, Jr. and Kenny Bigelow and offensive linemen Chad Wheeler.

The team is going through normal warm-up routines in position groups.

Quarterbacks are throwing to receivers, tailbacks, fullbacks and tight ends.


The offense is wearing cardinal jerseys, the defense is wearing white.

Sophomore two-way standout Adoree' Jackson is wearing a cardinal jersey to warm up.

Coach Steve Sarkisian said this week that Jackson would play offense and defense today, knowing that many fans want to see him do both.


USC Coach Steve Sarkisian said he wanted to work on special teams today.

The competition at kicker will be interesting to track after four-year starter Andre Heidari graduated. It's fourth-year junior walk-on Alex Wood against third-year sophomore Matt Boermeester. Boermeester was a blue-shirt recruit last season and is on scholarship.

The kickers are warming up, wearing fluorescent green cleats.


We are in the Coliseum for USC's spring game, which begins at 3 p.m. PST and will be broadcast on the Pac-12 Networks.

Trojans fans are filling seats on the south side of the Coliseum. There are no luxury suites blocking the Peristyle end of the field, a great reminder how unique the Coliseum is.

Sophomore two-way standout Adoree' Jackson is feature on today's ticket.

Plenty of recruits are expected at the scrimmage today, including offensive lineman Frank Martin from Mater Dei High and quarterback Tate Martell from Bishop Gorman in Las Vegas.