Fall Camp #18: Notes

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The coaches pushed the team with a long, physical practice.

  • "[This is] really the last practice of our camp as far as having pads on and being physical," Lane Kiffin said.  "We needed to do this without scrimmaging this weekend."
  • Saturday's "scrimmage" is more of a mental mock game.  The team will get a dress rehearsal in terms of the procedure of a home game from the hotel to dressing to warmups and pregame routine.
  • In that same vein, practice broke into scout team for the first time today.  The coaches want the scout team ready for next week to accurately simulate Hawaii.
  • Lee-FallCamp18-McG.jpgMarqise Lee made another jaw-dropping catch, which even caused an audible reaction from the media in attendance.  He dove for a long pass, hauled it in on his fingertips, performed a somersault and popped right back up.  (Photo by John McGillen)
  • Kiffin on getting Lee touches: "If you're going to make the statement that he may go down as the best receiver ever, you better make sure you put the ball in his hands."
  • The starting defense for the Hawaii opener is beginning to take shape.  CB Torin Harris and LB Lamar Dawson have been injured for most of camp and continue to rehab.  In their stead, CB Anthony Brown and LB Hayes Pullard have stepped up.
  • Kiffin on Pullard's transition to middle linebacker:  "Extremely confident.  I can't imagine a guy could have done better than he did.  It may be his spot at the next level."
  • Brown started for Harris last year and played well before breaking his ankle in the game against Cal.  "It just made me work two times harder in the offseason," Brown said.  "I did not miss a day of [rehab].  It's just a mindset.  You have to go get it."
  • If Brown starts opposite Nickell Robey, the pair will have to make up in toughness what they lack in height.  "I'm a little bit taller than Nickell," said Brown, who is an inch taller than the 5'7" Robey.  "He's a dominant corner.  I look up to Nickell as a leader."
  • Kiffin expects the team to be hyped up by the sellout crowds this season.  He sees it as another step to returning Troy to what it should be.  "It's our job to put the product on the field to get the fans to come," he said.
  • Here is Kiffin's post-practice presser...

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