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Spring Practice #12: Notes

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A beautiful day at the Coliseum as the players get to show off in front of friends and family...

  • New injuries: WR De'Von Flournoy suffered a high ankle sprain getting tackled from behind.  TE Junior Pomee reaggravated his foot injury.  The Trojans did not tackle today in an effort to stay healthy.
  • Lane Kiffin on Tre Madden's season-ending knee injury: "Extremely disappointing.  He was probably one of the most valuable players on our team because...we don't have anybody like him."
  • Kiffin announced that Madden will stay as a running back when he returns from knee surgery.  He compared his running style to "LenDale White with a little more speed."
  • "I think he would have been really special," said RB coach Kennedy Polamalu about Madden.  "People have come off the ACL and done well, so it's just lucky we have a redshirt year."
  • McNeal-Sprac9-McG.JPG"That's how I tore mine just making a cut," said D.J. Morgan, who is finally back to full speed more than two years since knee surgery.  "It's just devastating, especially when you are about to go on and do good things."
  • Who is going to step up and fill out the depth chart behind starting RB Curtis McNeal? Buck Allen had his best day as a Trojan.  "Today gave me confidence," said Allen, who is still battling a nagging hamstring issue.  "A teammate went down, so I knew I had to step up.  I could have taken the day off but I didn't."
  • "We don't know very much about him," Kiffin said about Allen.  "We're going to need somebody whether it's him or whether it's Nelson [Agholor] coming in."
  • McNeal and backup D.J. Morgan are not exceptional receivers, so Agholor will at least provide the option as a pass-catcher out of the backfield.  Plus, he brings the Wildcat element.
  • Morgan has been under the radar since Madden's emergence, but he's back to full speed and learning the system at an advanced level.  "When you can play fast, everything comes easier," said Morgan about the mental side of the game.
  • Neither McNeal (pictured by John McGillen), Morgan nor Agholor are big backs, so the Trojans are still searching for short yardage options.  According to coach Polamalu, FB Vainuku is a "natural" runner.  He broke off a long run today and then caught a TD pass from Matt Barkley. "He's better than I ever was, but I told him that I was pretty good," Polamalu joked.
  • On the defensive side, CB Brian Baucham is having a strong spring as he returns from academic ineligibility.  "In the classroom, I feel like this was my best semester ever," said Baucham.  "Becoming a man is kind of a process, but I'm finally getting the big picture."
  • Curtis McNeal returned from academic probation to run for 1,000+ yards last season.  "I look up to him as a brother and as a friend," said Baucham.  "He's a good role model who showed that when you fall down, you get up.  And when you get up, you show what you can do."
  • Here's the full story from Lane Kiffin after a shortened scrimmage at the Coliseum...



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When are you going to announce mthe TIME of next saturdays spring game, the tickets state TBA

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