COLLEGE FOOTBALL / DAILY REPORT : USC : Scrimmage Goes According to Plan
Quarterback Rob Johnson completed nine of 12 passes during a 65-play, 50-minute scrimmage Friday. Two passes were dropped.
Working alternate series with quarterbacks Kyle Wachholtz and Matt Koffler, Johnson drove the first offense to two touchdowns.
Starting tailback Shawn Walters ran the ball impressively, and so did freshmen Delon Washington and Rodney Sermons.
Tight end Johnny McWilliams scored on a 12-yard pass from Johnson and Walters scored from the one.
Coach John Robinson said he was pleased with the scrimmage.
“We’re getting into the process of playing in games,” he said. “We tried to accomplish some rhythm today.”
Washington and Sermons absorbed some big hits and Robinson said that was part of the preparation.
“I wanted to see them get the hell kicked out of them, to see how they responded,” he said. “It doesn’t take a great runner to run through holes. Neither one seems overwhelmed by anything yet. Both can play (next Saturday against Washington) and do well.”
Wide receiver Keyshawn Johnson sat out the scrimmage because of a sore quadriceps.
The projected starting offensive linemen--Tony Boselli, Norberto Garrido, Kris Pollack, Phalen Pounds and Robert Loya--average 6 feet 6 and 299 pounds.
Boselli, the 6-7 1/2, 305-pound tackle, on his size:
“It’s fun to be big. I love it. But it does have disadvantages. It’s not a good feeling to be sitting in a friend’s house and feel the chair start to give way. And lawn chairs are the worst. I have no luck with them.”