Football reached the halfway mark of spring practice on Tuesday, completing its seventh session at Howard Jones Field with cold wind gusts and a mix of storylines.A Different OffenseSenior wide receiver De’Quan Hampton, who appeared in 12 games last season as a backup, expressed disappointment about former quarterback Cody Kessler’s unwillingness to target a variety of receivers last season.Hampton added that he wasn’t the only receiver who felt that way, and that the two quarterbacks competing for the starting job this spring — redshirt junior Max Browne and redshirt freshman Sam Darnold — along with redshirt sophomore Jalen Greene spread the ball around more and have stronger arms.“I know Cody was more accurate, but Max, Sam and [Greene], they just have some arms,” Hampton said. “I know that if I have a deep ball, I have to run, otherwise it’s going by me — especially with the wind blowing.”Under new offensive coordinator Tee Martin, the Trojans appeared to be going deep more often.“It’s the play calls,” Hampton said. “They’re emphasizing to the quarterbacks that ‘we need to take these shots.’ It’s there.”One of the criticisms of Kessler while he was under center at USC was that he did not take shots downfield often enough and opted for check-downs instead.“It just gives me more feeling like there’s a 50 percent chance the ball’s going to go your way,” Hampton said of the new offense. “It just lets me know we’re going to spread this around. We’re about to eat.”Martin said that he has not game-planned for more deep passes; rather, the quarterbacks themselves are taking the initiative.“A lot of guys play at receiver, so a lot of guys will get the ball,” Martin said. “It’s good how the quarterbacks trust a lot of guys. It’s not that one guy that they’re keying in on. They’re really spreading the ball around and going through their progressions.”Martin revealed that the team learned 80 percent of the offense in three days, but much to his pleasure, there have been much fewer hiccups than expected.“Credit [that] to veteran experience,” Martin said. “We have quarterbacks who’ve been here that understand the concepts and what we’re trying to get done with the way we operate in our offense.”Quarterback BattleWhile Browne has held the edge in the quarterback position thus far, head coach Clay Helton said Tuesday was Darnold’s best practice of the spring. Helton was confident that Darnold completed over 70 percent of his passes.“I thought he was efficient, accurate,” Helton said. “I thought he played very fluid and timely. The ball came out quick. [In the past], he was holding onto the ball and making sure it was open. Now it’s just spitting out.”Browne, who has two more years of experience than Darnold, felt confident in his performance.“I feel comfortable,” Browne said. “I feel right where I want to be. I feel like I’m leading well, executing well, being efficient out there, which is all I can ask for.”A new Justin DavisSenior running back Justin Davis is looking to be more poised as one of the most experienced members of the backfield, aiming to focus on the bigger picture.“I’ve got to learn how the offense works, how the defense blocks, how the receivers move,” Davis said. “I can’t just worry about myself now. I’m past that now. I have to worry about the game as a whole and not just my part.”Davis said he can’t wait to run behind a stellar offensive line that is returning all its starters.“It’s the perfect right moment now,” Davis said. “We can get the running game going and turn some heads this fall.”
LIVE TV The other Indian wrestlers competing were Pawan Kumar (86kg) and Anshu (59kg) in the women’s freestyle, and both the grapplers won gold medals in their categories. READ | 8 Years On, Number Of Boundaries In Virender Sehwag’s 219 Vs Windies Will Still Shock YouWhile Commonwealth Games gold medallist Pawan had to rely on his experience to win 4-1 against his Pakistani counterpart in the finals, Anshu claimed the gold against the Sri Lankan wrestler within record 15 seconds of the bout.India so far has managed to win gold medals in all the 12 categories and will strive to impeccable record on the last day of the competition as Gaurav Baliyan (74kg) and Anita Sheoran (68kg) will take on the challenge in the men’s freestyle and women’s categories respectively.READ | Hyderabad: Saina Nehwal Reacts To Encounter Of Rape & Murder AccusedREAD | Satwik-Chirag, Para Shuttler Pramod Nominated For BWF Awards SUBSCRIBE TO US Written By Rio Olympics medallist Sakshi Malik and Ravinder lead India clinch four more gold medals on day three of the wrestling competition at the ongoing 13th South Asian Games in Kathmandu on Sunday, December 8.While Sakshi was unstoppable on her way to the podium finish in the 62kg category, U-23 World silver medallist, Ravinder made it a golden double for India as he clinched top honours in the 61kg men’s freestyle.READ | Virat Kohli Just 25 Runs Away From Big T20I Milestone; Here’s What It IsFour more gold medals FOLLOW US Suman Ray First Published: 8th December, 2019 23:23 IST COMMENT WATCH US LIVE Last Updated: 8th December, 2019 23:23 IST Sakshi Malik And Ravinder Win Gold At South Asian Games Sakshi Malik and Ravinder lead India; clinch four more gold medals on day three of the wrestling competition at the ongoing 13th South Asian Games in Kathmandu Sakshi won all her matches one-sided by pinning her opponents and bagging the matches one-sided with a steep margin of 10-0 to finish at the top. Ravinder, however, had to work hard to clinch his gold against Pakistan’s M Bilal after easily overcoming the challenge posed by Sri Lankan and Bangladeshi wrestlers in the earlier rounds.