Cumulative Spring Stats (all 4 Scrimmages)
I attended the Trojan Huddle last Saturday and will provide a bit of commentary based on what I saw in the key competitions...
Matt Barkley 43-of-66 (65.2%) for 562 yards, 4 TD, 5 INT
Aaron Corp 43-of-69 (62.3%) for 543 yards, 2 TD, 0 INT
Mitch Mustain 20-of-36 (55.6%) for 182 yards, 0 TD, 2 INT
Corp should be the starter if the Trojans had to play today but during the final scrimmage he threw 3 very bad passes that should have been intercepted (all three were dropped by DBs). Corp has very quick feet and doesn't hesitate to pull down a pass when a receiver is covered and gain 7 or 8 yards before the defense can react. My question is how will his lanky 6'4", 205 pound frame hold up when he gets hit by an Ohio State Buckeyes defensive player. Corp also did not look good throwing the ball down the field. He doesn't appear to have great arm strength.
Barkley clearly possesses great arm strength and a more sturdy frame (at about 6'3", 220 pounds). The young freshman needs to realize that he can't gun throws through defensive backs though. Its only a matter of time before Barkley is the starter at USC. The only way Corp will hold him off is to win early and win often.
Mustain reminds me of John David Booty (they are about the same size and appear to have the same mentality). I'm not sure I can clearly evaluate Mustain's play as he was throwing to third string receivers most of the scrimmage. Overall I'd say he is between Barkley and Corp in just about every way - arm strength, running ability, understanding of the offense. It seemed as if he lacked the same level of confidence displayed by Barkley and Corp though.
Curtis McNeal 36 carries for 218 yards (6.1 ypc) and 2 TDs
Marc Tyler 27 carries for 121 yards (4.5 ypc) and 1 TD
Stafon Johnson 24 carries for 56 yards (2.3 ypc) and 1 TD
C.J. Gable 10 carries for 45 yards (4.5 ypc)
Stanley Havili 7 carries for 45 yards (6.4 ypc)
D.J. Shoemate 4 carries for 19 yards (4.8 ypc)
Stafon Johnson didn't play much during the final scrimmage and couldn't get a block when he did carry the ball. CJ Gable broke a 45-yard run for the only running highlight of the day. Coach Carroll said that Curtis McNeal may have been the offensive MVP of the spring going into the final scrimmage. But McNeal had a rough day, gaining just 7 yards on 8 carries. McNeal was slammed to the turf several times by the defensive and limped off the field at one point. Marc Tyler looked great running between the tackles and will be a threat if he gets much play time this fall. DJ Shoemate was, in my opinion, the offensive MVP of the final scrimmage. Shoemate had 17 yards rushing and 39 yards receiving while serving as the white team fullback.
Damian Williams 13 receptions for 218 yards (16.8 ypr) and 1 TD
Brice Butler 13 receptions for 155 yards (11.9 ypr)
Travon Patterson 11 receptions for 145 yards (13.2 ypr) and 1 TD
Ronald Johnson 9 receptions for 148 yards (16.4 ypr) and 1 TD
Jordan Cameron 8 receptions for 87 yards (10.9 ypr) and 2 TDs
David Ausberry 8 receptions for 82 yards (10.3 ypr) and 1 TD
Brandon Carswell 5 receptions for 49 yards (9.8 ypr)
Damian Williams and Ronald Johnson are the clear starters at receiver. I am very concerned that Coach Carroll lists David Ausberry as the #3 receiver though. Ausberry has been somewhat of a disappointment over the past couple of seasons. I think he plays like a finesse receiver when he should be using his 6'4", 235 pound frame to physically dominate DBs like former Trojan Mike Williams did. Ausberry couldn't get open during the scrimmage and dropped the one pass that was thrown to him. Redshirt freshman Brice Butler looks like a much better option. Butler is 6'3" and 215 pounds and consistently finds seams in the defense. Travon Patterson and Jordan Cameron also looked ready to contribute as back-ups.