Hawaii "Thursday" Practice: Notes


Obviously, it is Wednesday, but as far as preparation for Hawaii goes, this was a typical Thursday game week practice.

  • Freshman LB Hayes Pullard will likely be redshirted this season.  The Crenshaw product needs arthroscopic knee surgery, which will knock him out for at least 4-6 weeks.  Considering he has a lot to learn, he probably won't be a factor this season, so they'll save the year of eligibility at a position that is extremely thin.
  • DE Nick Perry is expected back soon and OL Butch Lewis is starting to get back into shape.  Both players will play key roles for the Trojans this season.
  • LT Matt Kalil is being nagged by a hamstring injury, which forced him out of practice.  He was bothered by a similar injury at the start of camp.
  • CB Shareece Wright did very little today as he continues to recover from a hip injury.
  • Lane Kiffin is pleased with how Allen Bradford has handled the growing chance that he could be backing up Marc Tyler at running back.  Kiffin communicated to Bradford that the reps would be shifted in Tyler's favor and Bradford has responded by making his chances count in practice.
  • As far as action, there was very little in terms of team scrimmaging today.  The Trojans will have a light scrimmage at the Coliseum tomorrow.
  • The lack of action has the Trojans itching to hit.  "Can't wait, can't wait," said Devon Kennard, who is likely to start at middle linebacker.
  • Kennard's rapid adjustment from defensive end to outside backer to the "Mike" position has provided much needed relief for a thin corps. 
  • "I'm now to the point where I feel like I'm comfortable out there and I'm ready to play," Kennard said.  He also said that coverage has been more difficult to pick-up.  "Run game my natural personality is to go and attack."
  • Scroll down for my story on the two Hawaii boys excited to head home for the first game.
  • Here is Lane Kiffin's media session:


I know this is small but its "Mike" not "mic" in reference to the middle linebacker

Hey Jordan, nice job with the blog so far. I am curious about how CJ is doing and his thoughts on Bradford as the starter, as well as his health. Bradford gets so much attention, but CJ is the most experienced back by far as a sr with 19 starts (I think). Thanks Jordan.

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