Trojans look to stay sharp during lengthy spring camp

Published 6:16 pm Wednesday, March 27, 2019

The Trojans will practice a total of 15 times this spring and odds are some of them will be better than others. The Trojans spent practice number four in pads and according to new head coach Chip Lindsay, it didn’t go as planned.

“It wasn’t our best day for sure, but the players still fought,” Lindsay said. “We flew around and competed. Our execution level wasn’t very good today and we have to do a great job. I felt like we had too many penalties, that’s the biggest concern for me right now. We pride ourselves on being a disciplined team. That is something we need to improve on for Thursday. We challenged our guys and I think they will do it.”

The challenges are there for the Trojans this spring. Although the system is similar to the ones in years past, the Trojan players are hearing it from a new set of coaches.

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“Learning the new things, there are going to be speed bumps,” said quarterback Sawyer Smith. “Today, it was a little lackadaisical, honestly, but I think we have done good so far.”

With 15 practices on the schedule, mental and physical fatigue is sure to set in at some point.

After practice on Tuesday, Lindsay challenged his players to come out and practice better on Thursday.

“It’s shouldn’t happen in my opinion, but after the first week and you get rolling into week two and three, the guys start seeing the end of the tunnel with T-Day,” Lindsay said. “We challenged the guys to come out better on Thursday than we were today, and I think we will. These guys, every time we have challenged them, they have risen to the challenge.”

The Trojans will continue week two of spring practice on Thursday before concluding the week on Saturday.

The annual T-Day game will be held at noon on April 20.