USC Morning Buzz: Thursday Camp Tales

Scott Wolf

Clay Helton said this morning linebacker Palaie Gaoteote is playing "on another level" in Todd Orlando's defense.

Gaoteote has been inconsistent the past two seasons so this is one of those training camp statements that we all will have to see on Nov. 7 to believe.

It's funny when people just believe these things without proof. It might be true given that Gaoteote was supposed to be a dominating linebacker when USC signed him. But it needs to be in a game and game-after-game before anyone takes Helton's word.

You want more? Helton said defensive coordinator Todd Orlando and offensive coordinator Graham Harrell are the most-competitive people he's been around. He probably needs to get out more.

  • Defensive tackle Trevor Trout is out for the season with a back injury, Helton said. Freshman wide receiver Gary Bryant has a mild ankle sprain, Helton.
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CFTrojan
CFTrojan

Coaches' practice philosophy/slogans:

Pete Carroll: "Competition Tuesday!" "Turnover Wednesday!"

Clay Helton: "No pads November." "Walk-through Mock Game Week."

CFTrojan
CFTrojan

Coaches' practice philosophy/slogans:

Pete Carroll: "Competition Tuesday!" "Turnover Wednesday!"

Clay Helton: "No pads November." "Walk-through Mock Game Week."

gotroy22
gotroy22

You know what Bo Schembechler would say:https://webmail.lerctr.org/~transit/healy/bo_schembechler.wav

marvienna
marvienna

That competition quote from Helton might be a line to get some detractors, notably some former football players, off his back.

Pete Carroll talked constantly about competition and even had one practice day dedicated to it - Competition Tuesday. All the players bought in. With Helton being mediocre, Heritage Hall received alot of calls about the lack of competition in Helton's program. It's one of the knocks against him and Helton is trying to cover his you know what with football alums who despise his soft style of play.

Helton doesn't truly believe in instilling competition in his program.

#HeltonIsSoft

#BringBackCompetitionUnderANewCoach


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