While the schedule said two-a-days, Lane Kiffin is turning the morning practices into NFL-style walk-thrus with a ball to save the bodies on his diminished roster.
- Kiffin on the morning walk-thrus: "We've got to have enough bodies to play, so we're going to continue with this format and make the best of it."
- Injuries: DE Armond Armstead, OL Butch Lewis, FB Stanley Havili and DB Drew McCallister were limited or did not practice at all.
- LT Matt Kalil got in the mix today, which was a welcome boost for an offensive line that struggled in Sunday's scrimmage.
- RB Dillon Baxter and WR Markeith Ambles spent the practice rolling in the grass as part of a two-hour conditioning punishment for "missing something," according to Kiffin.
- Mitch Mustain is humming the ball during competitive drills. He seems fully engaged and has the backing of his head coach, who reiterated that Mustain was a standout in the first preseason game, "Any time we go live...he's done a great job."
- The Trojans spent upwards of 30 minutes doing special teams as Kiffin and John Baxter continue to emphasize that unit. The punt return competition seems to be between Ronald Johnson and the kids (Robert Woods, Dillon Baxter and Markeith Ambles).
- Offensive line catching practice was undoubtedly the most entertaining drill of the morning. In case they have to return a pooch kick, the linemen were getting drilled on their fair catch technique. Michael Reardon, who used to be a tight end, was the clear winner. Meanwhile, Khaled Holmes could use a receiving tutorial from his brother Alex, who played tight end at USC.
- Quote of the day: "I don't think toughness is an issue with this team right now. I think we established that in the spring. We just have to continue to build on that and be really smart at it," Lane Kiffin addressing the reduced physicality in this morning's practice.
- Click here for the morning photo gallery snapped by Farren Benjamin.