Spring Practice #3: Notes


Fall adrenaline was in the air as live hitting energized spring ball...

  • WR Robert Woods was added to the limited list today with a tight hamstring.
  • RB D.J. Morgan looked like the most dangerous weapon on the field before tweaking his surgically repaired knee.  "His knee started bothering him a little bit," said Lane Kiffin, who attributed the problem to the wet grass.  "Nothing major."
  • The sidelines were packed today with media, family and future Trojans.  The spectators were delighted by the first round of live tackling during the spring sessions.  In the group closest to me, Tony Burnett and Nickell Robey were the surest tacklers.
  • The scariest moment came when WR Markeith Ambles ran over DB Allen Noble, who needed a few moments to gather his senses.  Ambles is really starting to fill out his 6'2" frame.  "I have just been working out and going through the program," the receiver said. 
  • Ambles has flown under the radar since rejoining the team, but he still flashes that five-star talent.  "I learned that you have to come in and work hard every day," he said about his tumultuous freshman campaign.  "I'm just trying to get better every day, so by the time we get to fall, I'll be ready to go."
  • The Georgia native is now fully committed to being a Trojan.  "I don't want to go anywhere but here.  It's the best place ever!"
  • On the other side of the ball, redshirt freshman corner Anthony Brown stood out during coverage drills and picked off Jesse Scroggins.  "He's really worked extremely hard since the day he got here," Kiffin said.  "He's not a great paper guy (size and speed), but he made a bunch of plays in high school."
  • The 11-on-11 battles were controlled by the defensive front four.  It's hard for the skill guys to stand out when the quarterbacks are running for their lives.  With 20 injured players and 25 recruits arriving in the fall, the Trojans are literally playing without half their team.  "We have so many holes to work on," a frustrated Kiffin said.  "We're kind of spinning our wheels."
  • However, RB Curtis McNeal and WR De'Von Flournoy made some plays when they were given opportunities.
  • Practice concluded on a James Harbin interception.  The senior walk-on worked a graveyard shift at a warehouse last night to make time for spring practice, so it was pretty cool to have his pick ring in the three horns (signals the end of practice).
  • Click here to watch Lane Kiffin's post-practice media scrum.
  • Here's your chance to meet true freshman QB Max Wittek (as I did), who is just trying to get his feet under him as he transitions from Mater Dei to USC.


It'll be interesting to see how the QB battle plays out over the next few years with him and Cody.

I'd love to hear more about a day in the life of James Harbin. That sounds insane. What drive that kid must have.

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