College football spring games: Caleb Williams shines in USC debut, but LSU’s QB competition far from over

It’s Saturday, the sun is out, birds are chirping and footballs are flying through the air. It’s spring, and that means it’s time for spring football — and not the lame USFL variety. No, it’s the kind with strange scoring rules you don’t understand (take USC, for example), random field goal kicking contests and wealthy alumni standing on the field being applauded for their generous donations.

None of it means anything, but it’s the first glimpse at next year’s team for fans across the country, and that’s the only meaning we need. Plenty of top teams finished their spring campaigns today. Here’s what you missed if you dared do something else with your time.

Notre Dame

Defense dominates in South Bend: Is it possible that Brian Kelly took the Notre Dame offense to Baton Rouge? Probably not, but it’s the spring, so we need to overreact to anything that happens, and not much of anything happened for the Notre Dame offense Saturday. Gold defeated Blue 13-10, with freshman QB Steve Angeli scoring on a 10-yard scramble to finish the game and give Gold the win.

Drew Pyne received the majority of snaps to start, but first-year coach Marcus Freeman described his overall performance as “up and down,” going on to say that Notre Dame receivers “gotta be guys that make the quarterback look good.”

Defensively, Northwestern transfer Brandon Joseph made a few plays that showed why Irish fans should be excited to see him this season. At the same time, other players like Alexander Ehrensberger, Marist Liufau and Rylie Mills shined as well.

Ole Miss

This Michael Trigg guy could be a problem for opponents: As you’d expect, the biggest story heading into Ole Miss’ spring game was the QB spot. It was the first chance for Rebels fans to see USC transfer…


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