Arizona Wednesday: Notes

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A gloomy morning but a lively practice...

  • Lane Kiffin updated some of the long term injuries.  LB Marquis Simmons (neck), OL Abe Markowitz (foot), OL John Katnik and WR Cody Gifford are all out for the season.
  • CB Torin Harris, LB Lamar Dawson, RB Amir Carlisle and LT Matt Kalil did not practice today.
  • Kalil did not disclose his injury, but, "It's nothing serious.  I'll be out there." 
  • Dawson is out of his walking boot.
  • Farmer-CU-Prac-McG.jpgThe head coach had a great quote elaborating on Matt Barkley's reprimand by the Pac-12.  "Matt can't lie.  He can't really say anything different than the way he feels.  It's who he is."
  • The music was blasting on the practice field as the team focused on turnovers.  The defense won the battle with a Shane Horton pick six and a J.R. Tavai interception.  Cody Kessler was the guilty party on both turnovers.
  • Lane Kiffin is trying to find a gamebreaker in the backfield and George Farmer (photo by John McGillen) is the latest candidate.  The Serra product came into USC as the most highly decorated receiver in his class, but the coaches are trying him out as a running back.  "He looks great there," Kiffin said.  "A big, physical guy that's one of the fastest guys in the country, so that would be exciting."
  • The coaching staff thought about lifting the redshirt from Farmer since he has greatly improved of late, but they decided against it.
  • The competition between Kevin Graf and Aundrey Walker continues at right tackle.  "They come in here knowing that there's going to be competition," Kalil said about his teammates.  "You've got to earn the right to play where you are going to play."
  • Walker has had a tough time since he moved to guard and now back to tackle.  "Just practicing hard all the time," Kalil explained what Walker needs to work on.  "It's hard to get him in [the game] if you're not showing it in practice.  He's got to learn that you have to work hard all the time not just in games."
  • If the Trojans are going to get better at converting third downs, the offensive line needs to protect Matt Barkley.  "It's just about being stout in your spot," Kalil emphasized winning one-on-one battles. 
  • In the middle of the Lane Kiffin media scrum, former USC fullback and TV personality Petros Papadakis ran on the field to shoot a Fox Sports segment with Kennedy Polamalu, which prompted the head coach to say, "Look at that!  That's a bad looking athlete right there."
  • Here is the rest of the presser...

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