"It was a pretty decent Tuesday practice," said USC head coach Lane Kiffin. "I was really impressed with the offensive line. We only had 6 offensive linemen today and they all did well."
--Once again, a good portion of the early practice (45 minutes) was devoted to special teams fundamentals.
of receivers made nice catches and/or big plays, including Travon Patterson,
Robbie Boyer, Ronald Johnson, Kyle Prater, Brice Butler, David Ausberry and
Jordan Cameron. Prater outdueled
cornerback Shareece Wright in a one-on-one drill, followed soon after by a
--The hit of the day might have been linebacker Devon Kennard's crunching blow on tight end Jordan Cameron.
--In run drills, tailback Allen Bradford charged up the middle and broke through several tacklers for an impressive long gain.
--The practice ended with a 2-minute drill. Linebacker Malcolm Smith ended one drive with a pass deflection that brought the entire defense unit alive. Then safety T.J. McDonald, on first-and-goal from the 9-yard line and 2 seconds on the clock, made an endzone interception that concluded the day's practice.
Trojans experimented with the Wildcat formation for a few plays, with tailback
Dillon Baxter lined up at quarterback. "It's
something I've done at the last two places I coached (Oakland Raiders and
--There was a new player wearing a gold quarterback jersey: defensive end James Boyd. The coaches told him yesterday they were switching him back to the position he played in high school (he threw for 4,266 yards and 44 touchdowns as a 2008 senior at Los Angeles Jordan High) and he jumped at the opportunity. "I was happy when they told me," the 6-5, 250-pound Boyd said. "I've got to get back into quarterback shape now. I spent the whole past year getting bigger to play defensive line. I have a lot to learn and I have to get my mechanics down. But I'm excited." Said Kiffin: "We're thin in our quarterback depth. James did some really good things at quarterback in high school. He has a big time arm."
--Kiffin was asked his analysis about last Saturday's scrimmage, now that he was able to watch video of it: "I didn't like the defense in the first half and the offense in the second half. It was a great lesson for the offense, which didn't come out with the same energy in the second half. But I thought Matt Barkley had an unbelievable downfield day throwing the ball."
--Cornerback T.J. Bryant and wide receiver De'Von Flournoy, who both shared jersey No. 1, have been assigned different numbers. Bryant is now No. 38 and Flournoy is No. 81. "We have some special numbers here at USC, like No. 1 and No. 43, which have been worn by some dominant players in the past," said Kiffin. "I'm not sure either of those players are operating at that level yet. They need to earn that number, to deserve it."
were a number of former Trojan players who watched the first half of practice
before heading to the
--One of the referees who has been working most of this spring's USC practices is Jim Farmer, who has officiated many BCS-conference games. He's very familiar with the campus; his late father, Herb, was a professor in the USC School of Cinematic Arts for more than 70 years and also shot Trojan football coaching films from the roof of the Coliseum press box.
--Los Angeles City Attorney Carmen Trutanich and some of his staff members stopped by to watch part of practice and say hello to Kiffin.
--Kiffin had a surprise visit at the end of practice from his wife, Layla, and their 3 children, Landry, Presley and Knox.