Spring Practice #4: Notes

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Big updates on position changes and key injuries...

  • WR Robert Woods will miss the rest of spring football as he continues to rehab from offseason ankle surgery.  The All-American wideout suffered a minor setback, according to the head coach, so he will shut it down completely for a month to let the joint heal.
  • Full injury report: CB Ryan Henderson (concussion), LB Dion Bailey (limited), C Khaled Holmes (out), QB Jesse Scroggins (out), RB Buck Allen (out), TE Xavier Grimble (out), WR George Farmer (limited), TE Junior Pomee (death in the family), S Drew McAllister (hand) and Marquis Simmons (shoulder).
  • Lee-Sprac2-McG.JPGFarmer called his hamstring "60%."  He is still not running at full stride and feels tightness in the muscle.
  • Florida transfer S Josh Shaw is expected to be out for a few weeks with a rib injury suffered lifting weights.  He is still awaiting word from the NCAA to get a hardship waiver to gain immediate eligibility.
  • LB Tre Madden is working with the running backs this week.  At 220+ lbs., the high school wildcat quarterback ran an electronically timed 4.5 recently which opened the coaches' eyes.  "He gives you a big guy that can run really fast," Lane Kiffin simply said.  "If it works out, we give ourselves something that we don't have right now."
  • Two things on Madden: He fills a position of need which is power back.  He is excited about trying it out and fully committed.
  • In other position news, offensive tackles Kevin Graf and Aundrey Walker will swap sides this week.  Graf had been working at left, but will return to right for now, which is where he played last season.  
  • Kiffin on the OT change: "It's spring.  It's early.  Let's see what it looks like.  It wasn't out of poor performance by Kevin."
  • WR Marqise Lee, CB Nickell Robey and DB Tony Burnett are all expected to participate in the Trojan Invitational track meet Saturday on campus.  RB D.J. Morgan is not expected to run, so the 4x100 football relay team will not be in action.
  • Lee lobbied to compete Saturday because he never misses a chance to measure himself athletically against opponents.  "If I go out there, I want to finish through," Lee (pictured by John McGillen) said about his commitment to the track and field team.  "I hate quitting, so I'm going to deal with going back and forth."
  • The freshman will enter in the long jump, but the track coaches have raved about his limitless potential.  He tests off the charts and could be a world class decathlete according to them.  "I just strive to do better.  If they have that much confidence me, I'm going to try to make them as happy as possible."
  • Of course, success on the track takes more than raw athleticism.  Lee has grown an appreciation for how much technique goes into it.  "I need a lot of work.  I'm not going to lie."
  • Lee has noticeably bulked up since he left the Coliseum last November.  "I have the chance to get in the weight room and lift everyday, which I didn't get to do in high school," said Lee, who played three sports at Serra High School.
  • No crazy plays at practice today, but walk-on RB Alec Jaffe had several big runs, which drew huge cheers from his teammates.
  • Here is Lane Kiffin on the first practice after spring break...

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