It was billed as the first full-dress scrimmage of the preseason, but it turned out to be a day off for 13 of John Robinson’s regulars and near-regulars.
But about 400 spectators Saturday afternoon were able to see all of USC’s quarterbacks play, including Brad Otton (four for six for 46 yards including a 17-yard touchdown to Rodney Sermons).
His competition for the starting job, Kyle Wachholtz, was one for six for 14 yards.
But the patched-together offense was working against a defense that at times was largely walk-ons and redshirt players. Not suiting up were Leonard Green, Ken Haslip, Brian Kelly, Mario Bradley, Anthony Volsan, Robert Loya, Phalen Pounds, Terry Barnum, Darrell Russell, Anthony Sanford, Larry Parker, John Michels and Clay Hattabaugh.
“The main thing today was to get through this without getting anyone hurt,” Robinson said.
“Everyone looked very tired, it was our first taste of how you play the games. Next week we want to get into game rhythms, with down-and-distance and two-minute offense stuff.”
Robinson said he plans to redshirt at least five of last spring’s recruiting class: quarterbacks Quincy Woods and John Fox, offensive linemen Mark Manskar and Brett Samperi, and cornerback Chad Morton, who made two outstanding plays in Saturday’s scrimmage.