Field report: USC Football starts first Lincoln Riley-era fall camp

The Trojans had a bright and early start to the 2022 season on Friday morning.

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football | August 05, 2022

The Trojans didn’t wait for the sun to fully rise before starting their first practice session of the 2022 season. Excitement and anticipation fueled the team’s early start on Friday (Aug. 5) as a new era of USC football began.

“It’s been a long road for this group to get to this point,” said the head coach Lincoln Riley said after the team’s inaugural practice session. “This group has been challenged in many different ways and they have continued to respond.”

While Trojans wore only jerseys and helmets on Friday, the lack of pads didn’t affect the intensity of the team. The sweat dripped continuously from the players, who trained like it was in the middle of camp and not on day one.

“I think you just create that expectation when you come in,” Riley explained. “We’ve been grinding these guys all spring. We had a very demanding summer. They were prepared to come here with no pads on.”

It was a successful first practice session for Riley, but the head coach quickly realized there was still a long way to go before the team was ready for primetime.

“That [team’s] Execution was good for a first day; it won’t be good for a second day,” Riley said. “You just have to keep climbing. You have to keep building.”

“It’s enough to be happy about, but we’re not going home now. We still have some work to do,” Riley said, laughing.

Notes from USC’s first camp training session:

  • Fast newcomers Jordan Addison and Ralek Brown made their Trojan debut on Friday. Riley shared his first thoughts:

    • On Addison: “He is very attentive. You practice the details, and then you see it on the field pretty quickly. He made some good games for us today. Obviously he is a proven player in his past. He has to prove it here, but he’s had a really strong day.”

    • On brown: “His speed on the pitch is noticeable. In terms of sport, he is one of those guys who definitely attract attention with their speed and explosiveness.”

  • Sophomore within linebacker transfer Eric Gentry had a remarkable presence on the field due to his 6’6 frame. Riley noted Friday that Gentry has been “a really positive addition so far.”

  • True freshman defensive back Zion branch, who tore his cruciate ligament in the summer, attended USC’s first training session. He watched from the sidelines in a knee brace.

  • wide receiver CJ Williamsdefender Domani Jackson and The Brit Allen attended USC practice after skipping most of spring camp.

New numbers to get to know:

  • Defensive lineman Nick Figueroawho previously wore No. 50 now wears 99. The redshirt senior wore this number during his junior college years.

  • defensive back Bryson Shawwho transferred from Ohio State this summer as a redshirt junior wears 27.

  • True freshman running back Ralek Brown wears the number 14.

  • wide receiver Michael Jackson IIIwho previously wore No. 13 now wears No. 9.

  • wide receiver Jordan Addison carries the once-retired No. 3, according to Trojan legend Carson Palmer gave his blessing.

  • Red shirt senior defender Solomon Byrdwho moved from Wyoming this summer wears the No. 51.

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