New "Inside the Trojans' Huddle" (Tues., April 4) edition: Duce Robinson, the Raleek Brown experiment, 2024 recruiting, spring position group standouts, fall freshmen/ transfers, best modern era of USC football, and panel answers to viewers' questions.

On3 imageby:Greg Katz04/05/23

In Tuesday’s edition of “Inside the Trojans’ Huddle”, panelists Marc Kulkin, Chris Arledge, Erik McKinney, and Greg Katz analyze the signing of 5-star tight end Duce Robinson, experimenting Raleek Brown in the slot, 2024 recruiting, current spring position group standouts, freshmen/transfer newcomers, greatest USC modern coaching era, and panel answers to viewers’ questions.

In the first half of the Huddle, the panel discusses the effects and ramifications of signing 2024 5-star tight end Duce Robinson. Topics turn to the experimental use of sophomore running back Raleek Brown in the slot position, and how he may be used as both a runner and receiver.   

Also in the first half, the panel discusses which offensive position group sticks out the most. There were some interesting takes by each panelist. The panel is then asked which incoming freshman/transfer in the fall is of the most interest. Of course, one is a recent signee, and another is a transfer waiting for training camp to begin in late July.  

Turning to Halftime, the panel gives their take on what was the greatest era in modern USC football? Was it the era of John McKay, John Robinson, or Pete Carroll? There was total agreement on the greatest modern USC football era. Which coach was it?    

In the second half, each panelist answers which defensive position group – from information gathered – sticks out the most? While there is a general consensus that one group stood out from the others, the other position groups did receive their fair share of scrutiny.  

The panel then discusses whether the recent spring practice cancellation meant that practices have been too physical. The name of former coach Clay Helton is invoked because of the perception that Helton’s practices, both spring and during the season, lacked physicality. The panel is in near total agreement when it comes to whether Riley’s practices are too physical.

The end of the second half of the Huddle questions whether there should be concern at this point regarding just one commitment for the class of 2024, tight end Joey Olsen from Oregon. The panel is asked what potential 2024 recruit commitment could ignite this class?  

In Overtime, the panel answers some viewers’ questions, which includes the upcoming spring game, Malachi Nelson, Eric Gentry and playing inside linebacker, Big Ten fan asks advice where to stay in SoCal during a regular season USC game, USC academic admission and the panel, and the definition and difference between an H-back tight end and Y-tight end.


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