Sunday scrimmage report

The notebook from Sunday's USC football scrimmage will soon be linked to on the home page of the site, but we've got scrimmage stats and a couple videos to share in this space. Check back Monday morning for the next in our "the day after" series on the blog, including an in-depth analysis of Jordan Cameron's improvements at the tight end position.


Stats from the scrimmage are below. Yes, freshman Christian Thomas did make a catch and record a sack on the same day. He's playing both tight end and defensive end in spurts so far:


Matt Barkley 9-15, 127 yards, 1 TD

Mitch Mustain 23-35, 231 yards, 1 TD

Jesse Scroggins 0-4, 1 INT


Curtis McNeal 6-57

Dillon Baxter 5-39

Marc Tyler 7-34

C.J. Gable 7-25

Allen Bradford 6-minus 5 yards


Jordan Cameron 8-96

Robert Woods 4-56

Ronald Johnson 3-39

Robbie Boyer 4-34

Rhett Ellison 2-32

David Ausberry 3-21, 2 TD

Markeith Ambles 2-21

Christian Thomas 1-20

Brice Butler 2-19


Devon Kennard 7 tackles

Dion Bailey 6 tackles

Malcolm Smith 4 tackles, 1 TFL, 1 deflection

Nickell Robey 4 tackles, 1 deflection

DaJohn Harris 4 tackles, 1 TFL

Brian Baucham 4 tackles

Ross Cumming 4 tackles

T.J. McDonald 4 tackles

Daniel Harper, 3 tackles, 1 sack, 1 deflection

George Uko, 3 tackles, 1 sack

Christian Thomas 1 sack


Jake Harfman 0-1 FG, 1-2 XP

Joe Houston 1-2 XP


With Lane Kiffin out of the crisis-management business for at least one day, he seemed a bit more pleased with his squad's performance Sunday than he had with other practices earlier in the week.

He had plenty of reason to be, with a penalty-free day for the defense, no turnovers from anyone on the two-deep roster and plenty of intensity from both sides of the ball. Hear what Kiffin had to say in his post-practice meeting with the media:

Senior linebacker Malcolm Smith led the first-team defense to a dominating performance Sunday, but he downplayed any sense of domination afterward. The senior, slated to start at weakside linebacker, instead parroted a lot of what Kiffin had said earlier in the week regarding the linebackers -- turning a weakness into a strength.

Here's Smith: