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Fall Camp #16: Notes

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The grind of camp is starting to wear down the numbers.

  • On a positive injury note, LB Chris Galippo was back, but he wore a yellow no-contact jersey.  WR Robert Woods practiced minimally early in the session.
  • The injury list is long and similar to the last few days.  DT Christian Tupou came out with a banged up knee as did DT DaJohn Harris, which left true freshman DT Antwaun Woods working with the ones alongside George Uko.
  • Crazy-Prac-Run-McG.JPGWhile few of the injuries have been deemed long term, Kiffin said most of the list would have missed a regular season game if the Trojans had one today.  "Most of the guys that are out are really out," the head coach said.
  • He is concerned that Robert Woods could be rusty if he sits out too long.  "He needs to get back," Kiffin said.  "He needs to be back out here to get the timing down and get himself ready."
  • If you watch the press scrum below, Kiffin explains that the roster is limited to 105 players for camp.  So, Jesse Scroggins (thumb), Gio Di Poalo (shoulder) and Markeith Ambles (academics) have been taken out of camp activities like practice and meetings, so they can open up a spot in the 105 for other players.  Scroggins and Di Poalo will be back once class begins on Monday.
  • The linebacker situation is competitive at all three spots.  With Chris Galippo banged up, freshman Lamar Dawson is working with the first team and impressing the coaching staff.  "We have not babied him," said linebackers coach Joe Barry.  "We've force fed him, and he's made some mistakes, but he's also made some plays."
  • The group is long on athleticism, but short on experience, which tests Barry's ability to educate.  "You really get to learn how kids learn," said Barry about coaching this young group.  "Where they are now from where they were at the start of camp, they are all getting better."
  • At different times in camp, redshirt freshmen Dion Bailey and Hayes Pullard have flanked  Dawson.  If that trio plays in a game, the concern is obviously inexperience.  "You have to see and experience plays before you understand them, especially at the linebacker spot," said the former USC linebacker.
  • The future of the position is bright.  The class of 2011 trio of Dawson, Tre Madden and Anthony Sarao have endured the rigors of camp to this point and keep getting better.  "I am never going to sit here and make bold statements before they've even made their first tackle as a Trojan," Barry said.  "They love to learn, so they've got a chance."
  • The cool picture was taken by John McGillen last night.  Here's the head coach...


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With special teams and the kicking percentage such an issue last year I am surprised to see so little ocverage of these positions represented in the blog either in text or photos. Leaving it to an afterthought is assuredly not Baxters style but the blog seems nonchalent about the situation as snappers, punters and kickers vie for their place. Hmmm

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