Fall Camp #21: Notes

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Plenty of news for a Wednesday morning...

  • RB Marc Tyler was back on the practice field.  He worked with the scout team and left early to attend a class.  "This is the next step in the process of Marc hopefully coming back," Lane Kiffin said.  "This is still all up to Marc and it changes nothing about his playing status."
  • In fact, several players departed the practice during the session, so they would be on time for school.  Obviously, some kinks still need to be worked out as the program adjusts to the new early practice schedule.
  • On the injury front, freshman FB/DE Charles Burks needs knee surgery and will miss the season.
  • Also, OG Abe Markowitz, who was on track to start the opener, came out with a foot issue.  In his place, freshman Marcus Martin worked with the ones.  "Marcus has a great future here," Kiffin said.  "He is a very talented athlete who really loves football."
  • Just to show us he is a freshman, Marqise Lee struggled during receiving drills today.  The newcomer has been nearly infallible this month, but he had several drops this morning.
  • Robert Woods wore a yellow no-contact jersey to protect his sore elbow.  He was also walking with a limp in between plays.  During plays however, he was running full speed.
  • The Trojans are starting to eye the opener.  The offense and defense went through scout team sessions for the fist time.  The offense installed "all the 1st and 2nd down stuff," Kiffin said.
  • The defense finally got to work against a spread offense with freshman WR George Farmer at QB mimicking talented Minnesota athlete Marqueis Gray.  Farmer "gives us somebody that is big and fast and strong like Marqueis."
  • True freshman QB Cody Kessler has apparently won the back-up job, but the head coach pointed out that Max Wittek is still neck-and-neck with Kessler as far as Matt Barkley's heir apparent.  Basically, the staff had to pick somebody and they went with Kessler who has been impressive in the scrimmages.  "We have great confidence that both of them could go in and play right now," Kiffin said.
  • In an ideal world, Barkley will take every meaningful snap this year and walk-on John Manoogian will take the mop-up snaps, so Kessler and Wittek can both redshirt.
  • The tailback situation remains muddled because D.J. Morgan and Curtis McNeal cannot stay healthy.  Amir Carlisle, who you will "meet" later today on the blog, is right in the mix.  "Maturity, preparation for the game," Kiffin complimented Carlisle.  "[He] is very similar to the two guys last year (Robert Woods and Nickell Robey) his approach to the game."
  • Tomorrow's practice time is TBD, but likely in the morning.
  • Some good meaty stuff today from Kiffin on Tyler, redshirts, "Buck" Allen and more...

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