Spring Practice #11: Notes

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A short practice ends with a thud as Tre Madden limped off with an apparent knee injury.

  • USC RB Tre Madden, who has been the story of spring football, was helped off the field after going down with an apparent left knee injury on a non-contact play.  The severity of the injury is unknown.  "There's that concern any time with knees when guys can't really walk afterward," said Lane Kiffin. (Photo of Madden by John McGillen)
  • Madden-sprac8-McG.JPGInjury report: S Drew McAllister (hip), S T.J. McDonald (limited), Buck Allen (mostly out), TE Junior Pomee (out but expected to practice Saturday), TE Randall Telfer (reaggravated hamstring), LB Marquis Simmons (came out during practice).
  • TE Xavier Grimble practiced for the first time since week one of spring football.  "It felt better than I thought it would," said Grimble, who was out with turf toe.  "[The tight ends] all kind of went down [this spring]."
  • Practice had a little extra spirit today as the winner of the turnover battle got out of conditioning drills.  The defense won the day with interceptions by CB Isiah Wiley and LB Tony Burnett.  "Always a good day when you get to pick off Matt Barkley," said Wiley.
  • Burnett has been moved to linebacker from defensive back.  "It looks good so far," said Kiffin about the move.  "He's actually bigger and stronger than Dion [Bailey]."
  • Cody Kessler threw his first interception of spring practice.  In fact, he almost got picked twice.  LB Anthony Sarao dropped one before Burnett made Kessler pay for an errand throw.
  • With Torin Harris out, Wiley is the starting corner opposite Nickell Robey.  He came on last year in a pinch after injuries riddled the depth chart.  "I feel a lot more comfortable a year into the system," Wiley said.  "I am playing a lot faster.  With less thinking comes more action."
  • Wiley and Harris will compete to start in the fall.  "Competition makes everyone better," said Wiley, who is up for the challenge.
  • "The tackles are a work in progress," said Kiffin about Kevin Graf and Aundrey Walker.  However, Walker is basically unopposed at left tackle right now so it's more a case of getting him used to the position than Walker losing his job.
  • Kiffin is happy with the production and depth on the interior offensive line.  He emphasized the improvement of guards John Martinez and Marcus Martin.
  • The Trojans were visited by half a dozen Marines from the Wounded Warriors West Battalion at Camp Pendleton.  The group spoke with Matt Barkley, Khaled Holmes and Lane Kiffin after practice.
  • Here's more from Kiffin including his thoughts on the new John McKay Center...

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