Camp Day 1: Notes

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Lane Kiffin's first practice as head coach is in the books.  Here's everything you need to know:

  • The marathon affair clocked in around three hours.  Kiffin likes the extra work, but diminished numbers and the addition of pads (meaning more physical) will shorten things soon enough.
  • Ronald Johnson and Dillon Baxter pop.  They get separation and they make plays.  Kiffin concurred.
  • All the receivers are blessed with talent, but Johnson is so much more polished than the rest of the corps.  He needs to stay healthy.
  • If you're looking for an underrated receiver, De'Von Flournoy has the speed to make plays downfield.  Also, Matt Barkley praised young TE Christian Thomas, who had one nice catch and run.
  • Speaking of the starting QB, Barkley had a pretty clean practice.  He did not throw a pick and his deep ball was accurate. 
  • Freshman QB Jesse Scroggins was composed and happy.  He drew praise from WR Brice Butler and when a coach asked, "Is your head spinning?"  He confidently said, "No."  Of course, the coach replied, "It will later."  Film sessions are really when the rookie QBs get schooled.
  • Stanley Havili is the undisputed starter at fullback, but the search is on for his back-up.  Converted TE Rhett Ellison took reps at that spot on day one.
  • The usual suspects stood out defensively.  In the two big battles, Chris Galippo and Devon Kennard both looked good in coverage drills out of the middle linebacker spot.  As for the corner position opposite Shareece Wright, Brian Baucham impressed.  He went up high to knock a pass away from 6'5" Kyle Prater and he ran with the speedy kids on the outside.
  • In terms of health, OL Matt Kalil was limited with a hamstring injury.  Freshman RB D.J. Morgan, who is rehabbing a knee injury, was relegated to side drills.
  • DE Armond Armstead left practice due to dehydration.
  • OL Tyron Smith missed practice to attend a funeral.  WR Robert Woods and a few other guys were late to practice because they have summer school classes that conflict.
  • Quote of the day: "We can't make them give us a bowl game," senior CB Shareece Wright said. "All we have to do is try to win every single game and who can tell us we're not the best team if we win every game?  We're highly motivated to do that."
  • I'll have a story tomorrow on the freshman receiving trio that could change the dynamic of this offense.
  • Here's a photo gallery of the first practice.
Here's Lane Kiffin's media wrap with the TV and print guys:

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