Spring Practice #8: Notes

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Just past the midway point of spring ball...

  • Injury report: CB Ryan Henderson (out), C Khaled Holmes (very limited), RB Buck Allen (out), FB Soma Vainuku (out), TE Xavier Grimble (out), TE Randall Telfer (out) and George Farmer (out)
  • TE Junior Pomee left practice early with an apparent foot injury.  "Unfortunately, we can't seem to keep a tight end healthy," said Kiffin, who does not know the severity of Pomee's injury.
  • Lane Kiffin on the lengthy injury list: "I'm really disappointed with the hamstrings taking so long for a bunch of guys that we'd really like to be looking at."
  • WR Marqise Lee will miss Saturday's scrimmage to participate in the long jump at the Texas Invitational.  "He really wanted to do it," Kiffin explained.
  • Kennard-Sprac2-McG.JPGREMINDER: Saturday's scrimmage is open to the public.  Kiffin is excited for "the chance to be normal" and provide the players' friends and extended family an opportunity to see them play.
  • Matt Barkley threw his seventh interception of spring practice today when S Demetrius Wright caught an overthrown ball.  "It is abnormal for him," Kiffin said.  "Part of it is him getting a little bit bored.  We'll get him out of it."
  • Obviously, Barkley has a track record (*39 TDs to 7 INTs in 2011) which eases the coaches' concerns.  "He's already shown that he can have phenomenal ball control," said Kiffin.
  • In contrast, redshirt freshman Cody Kessler has not thrown a single interception this spring, Kiffin reported.  While Max Wittek's arm is more impressive, Kessler brings a lot of positive intangibles like ball control to the backup QB competition.
  • DE Devon Kennard was the star of 2011 fall camp, but when the season started, his production did match his potential.  "It was kind of disappointing for me production wise," Kennard admitted.  "It was a tough year for me adjusting back to end.  That's why I'm so excited for this season."
  • With Nick Perry gone, Kennard (photo by John McGillen) and Wes Horton are the unchallenged senior starters.  Kennard has moved to left end permanently this spring.  "I was more comfortable at left and I told Coach O that," said Kennard, who has bulked up to 262 lbs.  "I am keeping my head down and my hard hat on and I expect to have big results in the fall."
  • At the next level, Kennard is a prototypical 3-4 outside linebacker in the mold of Clay Matthews, but he's buying into being a 4-3 defensive end at USC.  "Last season, I was trying to get the coaches to let me stand up a lot.  I was trying to do my own thing and it didn't work in my favor.  It's not the system we have here.  It's like trying to put a square into a circle."
  • Apparently, UCLA head coach Jim Mora Jr. moved to Manhattan Beach near Kiffin's home.  "A town divided," Kiffin quipped.
  • Here is the rest of his press conference...  

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"Obviously, Barkley has a track record (28 TDs to 7 INTs in 2011)"

I thought he went 39 - 7

Let's not short change Matt

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