Fall Camp #2: Notes

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The final night practice of fall camp as the schedule shifts to afternoons starting tomorrow.

  • No reported injury news other than WR George Farmer who remains banged up.  "We have seen some great flashes when he's been healthy, but unfortunately, that hasn't been that often," Lane Kiffin said about Farmer.  "It's not his fault.  He's trained very hard."
  • Screen Shot 2012-08-07 at 10.53.21 PM.pngThe arrival of Silas Redd obscured the other big story of the summer which was Devon Kennard's injury (pictured).  Already thin on the defensive line, Ed Orgeron is trying to sort out a unit with only two veteran stalwarts, DE Wes Horton and DT George Uko.
  • The first move of camp was switching sophomore J.R. Tavai to defensive end and committing to freshman Leonard Williams as a defensive tackle.  Williams drew praise from his teammates for showing great hustle tonight.
  • "Like [Shaun] Cody, but a little bit bigger," Orgeron provided the scouting report on Williams.  "Good long leverage and gets separation." He expects Williams to tip the scales at 300 lbs. eventually.
  • Orgeron is hoping to make redshirt freshman DT Christian Heyward a part of the rotation, but he was hurt most of last season and needs to see how he reacts when pads go on this week.
  • Meanwhile, the starting linebackers know exactly who they are, but the backups are almost entirely freshmen.  The "veteran" of the group is redshirt freshman Anthony Sarao, who spent last year pretending to be Vontaze Burfict and Manti Te'o on scout team.
  • Sarao on scout team: "That was fun last year having Matt Kalil trying to fight me because I was Vontaze, but now it is time to get focused."
  • While he awaits his opportunity at linebacker, Sarao will captain the punt coverage team.  "No scrubs play special teams around here," he emphasized the importance of his new role.  "Starters play special teams."
  • Offensively, D.J. Morgan showed off his track speed on a long cutback run.  With Redd in the rotation, Morgan's role presumably shrunk, but maybe not.  "He has handled [Redd's arrival] really well," said the head coach.  "I'm sure D.J. hears from a lot of people that he is the odd man out, but that's not the case.  It's good to see how he has responded."
  • Redd, Curtis McNeal and Morgan are on the smaller side, so Soma Vainuku could see the ball in short yardage positions.  Listed at 250 lbs., "He is faster than most of our tailbacks. He is a very special athlete," Kiffin said.
  • For a position that supposedly lacked depth, Kiffin was complimentary of RB "Buck" Allen as well.  He listed him as another example of a player making huge strides going from his first year to his second.
  • Here is Kiffin's full wrap on the night...

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