Fall Camp #9: Notes

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Lane Kiffin canceled the morning practice leaving just a late afternoon session under the sun.

  • Camp is starting to weigh on the Trojans' numbers.  While the team does not release injury specifics, the entire corps of starting linebackers and CB Nickell Robey did not practice among many others.
  • Thumbnail image for Agholor-Camp9-McG.jpgKiffin's philosophy is that injuries provide an opportunity for youth and depth to grow.  Freshman LB Scott Starr is an example of a player "turning the corner" thanks to increased reps.
  • WR George Farmer has returned to health.  He was impressive in one-on-one drills using his hands to be physical at the line of scrimmage.  Kiffin explained that the expectations are high for Farmer over the next two weeks to show the coaches what he can do.
  • De'Von Flournoy seems to have solidified the role vacated by Brandon Carswell as the intangibles receiver.  "My job is to go into the receivers' meetings knowing all three positions," said the experienced Flournoy.  "[Carswell] helped our team in a lot of situations because he knew what to do and he executed when his number was called."
  • Freshman WR Nelson Agholor (photo by John McGillen) had a drop in practice today, which is all part of the learning process.  Kiffin compared his "preparation" to that of Robert Woods and Marqise Lee, and the veterans have taken notice too.  "[Agholor] can make plays on the ball," Flournoy said.  "He did not come in here just to be a freshman.  He came in here to win a spot."
  • The head coach found himself embroiled in a coaches' poll controversy this week.  He has decided to remove himself as a voter.  "I apologize if anyone thought that I was misleading them," Kiffin said today.  "I'm always trying to do things better.  Looking back, I wouldn't have done it in the first place."
  • Dion Bailey said it best in response to all the questions about whether or not Kiffin voted the Trojans first in the preseason, "It doesn't matter where he voted us because he can't play for us."
  • TE Randall Telfer should have had the two best plays of the day.  Twice, he turned LB Jabari Ruffin inside-out and freed himself for a deep ball, but backup QB Max Wittek overshot him on both occasions.  Wittek has a cannon for an arm, but his deep ball range finder was off today.
  • Here is Lane Kiffin's full response to the coaches' poll controversy and much more...

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