Fall Camp #13: Notes

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Good news on the injury front after a high intensity, physical practice...

  • Eligibility first: TE Junior Pomee went through his first practice after being cleared by the NCAA, which made him take an additional summer class.  WR Markeith Ambles was declared academically ineligible.  His future at USC is uncertain.
  • Good injury news: RB Curtis McNeal is already back in pads after a scary looking knee injury during the Sunday scrimmage, which turned out to be a bruise.  "I thought it was way worse because I had no strength in it and I could not get off the ground," said McNeal.
  • More good injury news: Safety Demetrius Wright practiced fully today after sitting out last week with a hip pointer, which also appeared more serious when it happened.  "I could not feel my legs, so I thought it was way worse," said a relieved Wright who rates himself at 70% right now. 
  • LB Chris Galippo and DB Jawanza Starling were limited.  RB D.J. Morgan had an MRI on his surgically repaired knee that came back fine, but he was not cleared.  Wide receivers Brice Butler (knee), Brandon Carswell (quad) and Robert Woods (ankle) are all out.
  • Woods' injured his ankle playing basketball in the spring, but he was 100% going into camp.  He explained that the ankle has gotten stiff on him through the rigorous practices.
  • Scary play of the day: Safety Marshall Jones and CB Torin Harris went airborne going after the same pass and crashed into each other.  Jones hurt his knee, but Lane Kiffin expects him to be fine. 
  • The coaches want to see Harris be physical, so they were happy he attacked the ball without caution.  "I don't know what happened.  I just went up for the ball and I'm guessing he did the same," said Harris.  "I don't have a problem with tackling."
  • Pomee did not practice in pads, but he is hard to miss with a long mane coming out the back of his helmet.  The tight end caught the first pass thrown his way, but learned a quick ball security lesson after Anthony Brown stripped him.
  • Kiffin was visibly upset several times during practice, especially at the offensive line protection.  He gave Wright an earful during tackling drills.  "Yeah, I like him like that.  There was one drill where I did not wrap up and I wanted to kill myself," Wright said.  "I like it when [Kiffin's] tough on me."
  • There were a few more eyes on practice than usual as the Salute to Troy patrons party was being held on the Dedeaux Field patio overlooking Howard Jones.  Typically, no one is allowed up there, but this event was cleared through NCAA compliance. 
  • Wednesday rings in the final two-a-day of 2011 fall camp.  The Trojans will practice at 8:45 a.m. and 6 p.m.  Here is the coach's presser...

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Will the screen saver of the 2011 football poster be available soon? Thanks!!

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