Camp Practice 15: Notes

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The Trojans showed signs of hitting the camp wall tonight, so the coaching staff responded quickly.

  • Just about fifteen minutes into practice, Lane Kiffin chucked the team from Howard Jones and demanded that they return with a better attitude.  "We sent them back out to restart practice and for whatever reason from that point forward, especially the defense, was really locked in," Kiffin said.
  • More specifically, Kiffin challenged the pass rush to respond after noticing that the pass protection had caught up with their early camp dominance.  Armond Armstead, Wes Horton and Jurrell Casey consistently penetrated the line during the team scrimmage portion.
  • The increased intensity took its toll on the offensive line as Zack Heberer (concussion) and Michael Reardon (hip) left with injuries.  DT Hebron Fangupo missed practice with a shoulder sprain.
  • Offensively, C.J. Gable looked lively tonight.  The fifth year senior running back is in danger of getting lost in the shuffle again with Allen Bradford as the starter and Marc Tyler as the "surprise" of camp.  Gable showed great burst on a breakaway run and then shook Devon Kennard in a one-on-one situation after the catch.
  • During 7-on-7, Mitch Mustain stretched the defense with two bombs to Robert Woods.  When the freshman gets behind the deep safety, he does not get caught.
  • Brice Butler made one of those tough catches in a double team that Kiffin wants to see from the redshirt sophomore.
  • Special teams work featured a field goal block drill.  One of special teams coach John Baxter's rules is that no one on the line, defense or offense, is permitted to look up and see the result of the kick.  He wants them focused on their task.
  • I don't know what the over/under on blocked kicks is for the season, but I'll take the over.  I cannot remember the Trojans being strong in that area since Troy Polamalu used to bull his way to the kicker.
  • Lane Kiffin kept it short and sweet with the media tonight, so instead, I'll introduce you to Kyle Prater.
  • Freshman WR Kyle Prater from Maywood, IL, is 6'5" and 210 pounds, which does not even take into account the size of his hands.  He fits the mold of Mike Williams and the big receiver tradition that has been set at USC in the last decade.
  • Here's his first presser as he talks mostly about how he's been banged up throughout his early career...

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