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Fall Camp #8: Notes

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The Trojans practiced in full pads in the second practice of the day.

  • Good news first!  RB Curtis McNeal will be academically eligible this season after getting the necessary grades in summer school.  As Lane Kiffin acknowledged, McNeal has dealt with a lot of adversity at a young age and seems to be coming out the other side a better man.
  • LB Chris Galippo's MRI on his shoulder came back negative (which is positive).  He has a bruise and likely won't be out too long.
  • Brice Butler came out to practice on crutches after suffering an ankle injury. 
  • OL Giovanni Di Poalo needs shoulder surgery and will miss the entire season.
  • 590_0920.JPGThe Marine corps 1st Radio Battalion spent the day shadowing the team and watched closely at practice tonight (pictured).  These soldiers served a year in Afghanistan as part of a dangerous daily patrol and they are headed back for another tour of duty.  They are stationed at Camp Pendleton.
  • In speaking with them, they said they enjoyed special teams coach John Baxter's meeting the most because of his innovative teaching style.  They were really impressed with his leadership skills and the discipline of the team as a whole.  After practice, the unit presented Kiffin with a plaque.
  • The marines got a decent show tonight as the Trojans went through live tackling drills for the first time this camp.  In the linebacker group, Kiffin complimented Simione Vehikite.  Freshman Lamar Dawson showed a willingness to get physical.  Redshirt freshman Hayes Pullard had the biggest hit, which dislodged the ball from walk-on Cody Gifford.
  • The intensity level was raised another notch with the first goal line drill.  Despite an undersized running back corps, the offense dominated the sequence.  McNeal, Dillon Baxter, Amir Carlisle and Robert Woods all got in for scores.
  • The coaches have been playing a lot more music in practice this year.  There was a constant soundtrack during Monday's scrimmage and most of tonight.  While it serves as crowd noise, it also gets the players going, especially Galippo, who is a one man dance party.  Although, Brandon Carswell had the dance move of the night as he celebrated a teammate's touchdown by getting on all fours and barking at the defense.  We'll post a photo tomorrow.
  • Nick Perry's 2010 season was derailed during the first goal line drill of camp last year when he suffered a high ankle sprain, so he was happy just to make it through unscathed.  "It's a beautiful day to be out here for the Trojans," a smiling Perry said.
  • The redshirt junior made the play of the day by leaping to tip a screen pass and then catching his own deflection.  He admitted that he jumped the route because he had "seen it too many times."  He was proud to show off his high school basketball vertical leap.
  • Jurrell Casey led USC in sacks last season with only 4.5 on the campaign.  The Trojans desperately need Perry to fulfill his tremendous potential as a pass rusher.  "It's just about being hungry and coming together as a defensive line unit," Perry explained.
  • The group has no doubt been improved by the addition of Devon Kennard.  "He's a first team guy," Perry praised.  "He gives it up every play.  We're lucky to have him."
  • The defensive line might get one more boost before camp ends if Armond Armstead can get medically cleared.  "It would be huge.  That would be one more piece to the puzzle that we're missing right now.  We can't do it without him," said Perry who admitted that the extra body would help keep everyone in the rotation fresh.
  • Thursday's practice is at 3 p.m.  Short and sweet from Kiffin tonight...


2 Comments

when is the trojan football schedule wallpaper coming out?

Ok, please do not take it the wrong way, but how did the Marines get authorized to see a practice. The admittance policy clearly states direct family,high-level staff who are approved, and media can see a practice. I do not think they are all related to a player.
Hey, they have my upmost respect, but I pay a nice some of tuition per year, and I can not even see practice Dedeaux Field. What's up?

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