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6-Points: Preseason Game #3

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The 121-play scrimmage featured the Trojans in game uniforms (practice helmets) and a small Coliseum crowd. 

(Compliance quote on opening, but not promoting scrimmage: "We outlined and discussed our monitoring and security procedures with the NCAA's Committee on Infractions; and, the Committee decided that the practice scrimmage, combined with our Game Day control measures, were consistent with the spirit and intent of Penalty C-20.")

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  • Special teams went totally live for the first time in camp today and the roles are mostly sorted out.  Andre Heidari, who drilled two field goals and executed a perfect surprise on-side kick, will handle field goals and kickoffs.  Walk-on Kyle Negrete has been punting for the first team for awhile now.  Marqise Lee and Curtis McNeal handled kickoff returns today, while Nickell Robey came in as the primary punt returner, but muffed one during the scrimmage, which could open the competition door.
  • Woods-Prac-PC.jpgRobert Woods was the story of the game or maybe it was Matt Barkley.  The two connect "telepathically" said the QB, so they are hard to separate.  Barkley completed 15/25 for 261 yards and 5 TDs to 1 INT.  Woods hauled in 6 balls for 122 yards and 3 scores.  "He's just a star player," Barkley complimented.  With Woods out injured most of camp, "You could feel the need for speed," Kiffin said about his top gun.  "I thought we looked faster out there today."
  • WR Marqise Lee is the breakout freshman of fall camp.  OL Aundrey Walker and LB Lamar Dawson have also earned plaudits, but Lee could ascend to the starting job from day one.  The latest Serra phenom made 7 receptions for 165 yards and a TD.  "He's definitely making plays," Woods said about his high school and now college teammate.  "He took a big hit today (from T.J. McDonald) and got back up, so that was positive from him."
  • The starting lineup today indicated some shuffling around on the depth chart.  At safety, Jawanza Starling got the nod over Demetrius Wright, but they were flip-flopped in the second half.  Marquis Simmons started at outside linebacker.  Tony Burnett was the corner opposite Nickell Robey.  Abe Markowitz and John Martinez blocked with the first team at offensive guard.  "Basically who started today would have probably been who started if we played a game," Kiffin admitted.
  • The running back position is still pretty muddled.  Curtis McNeal is the starter, but his lack of durability concerns Kiffin.  "Almost every time we get in a tackling format, he gets banged up," the head coach said.  Going into the game, Dillon Baxter was the third tailback behind McNeal and the true freshman Amir Carlisle.  D.J. Morgan is floating on the depth chart due to health issues, but he got the most carries in the scrimmage.
  • Devon Kennard has been a defensive standout in camp, so he'll likely be used in two different roles come Minnesota.  He is a second team defensive end, but he slides into the first team during obvious pass rush situations.  In third and long for example, he and Nick Perry rush the edges and Wes Horton moves inside to put three sack artists on the field at the same time.
Two-point conversion...

  • Walk-on LB Will Andrew and WR Robbie Boyer received scholarships at a team meeting last night.  "Those guys are very deserving," Kiffin said.
  • Late arriving freshman TE Junior Pomee turned in a nice competitive debut today with two catches for 28 yards.  "He looked really good in there," said Kiffin. 


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Drew McAllister had 4 tackles and 1 interception and played with the first team most of the scrimmage and you failed to mention his name. All I read is Starling and Wright. He's had more picks than any DB this fall camp and you hardly ever mention that.

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