Lane Kiffin announced the five leaders of the 2010 USC football team...
- Captains: QB Matt Barkley, FB Stanley Havili, LB Malcolm Smith, LB Michael Morgan and CB Shareece Wright.
- Smith and Morgan tied in the team voting, so there are five captains instead of the typical four.
- "For [Barkley] to be named as a sophomore says a lot about his work ethic," Kiffin said to the assembled media about his young captain. "He wants to be the best and he's working that way."
- Stanley Havili was suspended for a practice during camp after getting in an off-field altercation with T.J. Bryant, so it says something about the senior fullback that he got "a ton" of votes according to Kiffin. "With my ups and downs during camp, I'm happy that I was still voted captain," Havili said after practice.
- Freshman WR Kyle Prater will likely redshirt this season, Kiffin announced. The big target has never been fully healthy at any point during camp, so they don't want to waste a year on a "special player" when he is not at 100%.
- Wide receiver is one of the few position groups that the Trojans have enough talented bodies to cover for Prater's absence. Specifically, David Ausberry will likely handle the red zone target role and be a physical presence on the outside.
- Kiffin described the pregame routine as "a little bit tighter." He made it clear that his way is no better than Pete Carroll's looser approach, but "you have to be yourself."
- On the injury front, Kiffin officially announced Abe Markowitz's broken foot, which will knock him out until midseason. Markowitz does not have a redshirt year available, so when he's healthy, he'll get back in the mix.
- In his absence, Michael Reardon is the back-up center. However, Reardon is battling injury issues of his own. In case of emergency, Khaled Holmes would be converted to the center spot.
- Chris Galippo is upbeat about his new role as the "6th man" (in basketball terms). "There's so many different things that happen in this sport, so I'm going to stay ready and whenever I'm called, I'll go in," Galippo said this evening.
- The biggest adjustment for Galippo is letting the "Mike" do all the talking. Galippo has always played linebacker, so he's used to running the defensive huddle.
- Physically, Galippo is ready to be his best. "I had an awesome offseason. It was long. I had an opportunity to develop my upper body and get good lower body strength work without putting my back at risk."
- As for practice action, the coolest drill was a one-handed catch session with the backs and receivers. After that, the running backs practiced getting control over tipped and bobbled balls. Kennedy Pola is all about attention to detail.
- They pumped in crowd noise and other school's fight songs. USC's fight song aside, I'd vote for Michigan's "Hail to the Victors" as the best of the rest.
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- Here is Kiffin's media session as he talks about his captains...