Spring Practice #13: Notes

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The defense dominates on a turnover Tuesday...

  • Injury list: CB Ryan Henderson (out), LB Dallas Kelley (out), LB Marquis Simmons (out) and TE Randall Telfer (out).
  • Blackwell-Woods-sprac9-McG.JPGWR George Farmer is still limited to individual drills, but Lane Kiffin urged the young talent to push himself to return this week.  "A lot of times with young guys, they are scared to go when they can be doing more than they are," Kiffin said about Farmer and Buck Allen.
  • Robert Woods has shut it down for spring at the behest of the coaches and trainers who want him to fully recover.  He feels his ankle is strong enough to practice, but no one wants to see the problem linger any longer.  The plan is for Woods to return in July. 
  • (Photo of Woods coaching up Victor Blackwell by John McGillen)
  • Woods is celebrating his 20th birthday today.  "I'm still young," he said with a smile.
  • The defense forced four interceptions Tuesday.  Jawanza Starling and Anthony Brown returned picks for six.
  • Kiffin expects turnovers to be a strength of this year's defense which he described as "fast," but "undersized."  "They have really good ball skills in the back seven to make a bunch of significant plays."
  • The Mater Dei connection provided the most impressive offensive highlight.  Max Wittek perfectly placed a 55-yard bomb in Victor Blackwell's arms for six.
  • We have not talked much about special teams this spring, but Peter McBride taking over for Chris Pousson at long snapper is a story that coach John Baxter is hoping nobody notices.  "We're working on him never being interviewed," said Baxter, who knows long snappers only get attention for mistakes.  "He's a good player.  The only thing he lacks is game experience."
  • Kyle Negrete is the incumbent at punter, but Kris Albarado is pushing him from behind.  "As a coach you never say a job is closed," Baxter explained.  "If the challenger can beat the champ, then the challenger plays.  If it's close, the tie goes to experience."
  • Andre Heidari is coming off a sterling freshman season, but his trimmed down body is proof that he's avoided complacency.  "He's really bought into the program of strength training," Baxter said.  "He's increased his power."
  • Here is Lane Kiffin at the start of the final week of spring ball...

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