Fall Camp #23: Notes


Saturday's practice is closed to everybody, including media, recruits and family, so there will be no practice report.

  • No new names on the injury report.  "We're in pretty good shape," Lane Kiffin said.
  • OG Abe Markowitz is wearing a boot on his injured foot.  The x-rays were negative, but "It's causing him a lot of issues," said Kiffin.
  • Martin Coleman worked with the first team at left guard.  "With Abe outta there, somebody's got to do it," Kiffin said. 
  • Play of the day: Guess who?  Marqise Lee made a wonderful over-the-shoulder diving catch in the corner of the end zone despite blanket coverage by Torin Harris.  "He's just one of those unique players," Kiffin listed previous greats Mike Williams, Reggie Bush, Dwayne Jarrett and Robert Woods.  "It seems like every day there's some significant, great, highlight play."
  • Again though, Lee is still a freshman.  Nickell Robey easily intercepted a Matt Barkley pass when Lee ran the wrong route.
  • The offense tried to complete the same deep pass several times on Tony Burnett, but the corner stood up to the pressure.  He's had a quiet camp, but Burnett is set to start the opener.
  • Kennard-Rush-Prac-McG.jpgChris Galippo expects to be ready for full contact next week.  "He's going to have to practice next week," said Kiffin about starting Galippo against Minnesota. 
  • The senior middle linebacker is not worried about his place atop the depth chart despite a strong camp push from freshman Lamar Dawson. "He's good to have there to take some reps off of me," Galippo said.  "As far as I'm concerned, I'm getting ready to start September 3rd."
  • Galippo is convinced the 2011 defense will be much improved because the defensive line has dominant potential.  He was particularly effusive in his praise for Devon Kennard (photo by John McGillen).  "He's probably the best pass rusher in the Pac-12 right now," said Galippo.
  • The irony of Galippo's statement is that Kennard will likely not be listed as a starter on the brand new Coliseum video board next week.  "I kind of consider all three of those guys as starters regardless of who goes out for the first snap," Kiffin said about Kennard, Nick Perry and Wes Horton.
  • Of course, the defensive line could get even better next week if Armond Armstead returns.  "He would put us over the top," the head coach said.
  • The team will likely vote on captains this weekend.  Galippo would be honored to wear the C on his chest.  "When you come to SC, it's something that you strive to do," he admitted. 
  • Again, Saturday's practice is closed to everybody.  We'll be back on the beat Sunday morning, but the time is still to be determined.
  • Here's Coach Kiffin...


Way to say it Coach Kiffin! I remember all those articles about how you ruined the Tennessee program and I also remember the media and Tennessee hanging you out to dry. My bet is that not one of the media members or Tennessee reps will apologize for their totally untrue remarks and comments. FIGHT ON!

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