2013 Spring Practice #4: Notes

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Written by Andie Hagemann, USC blog contributor

The Trojans practiced in full pads today while braving the warm weather.
  • Former USC offensive tackle, Tony Boselli (pictured right), spoke to the team after practice about representing USC and the importance of the football program. Boselli played for the Trojans from 1991 to 1994 and was a two-time All-American.DSC_9609.JPG
  • The fourth spring practice lacked the energy of the first week. The Trojans practiced for the second time in pads and participated in a physical practice. "I didn't think the offense practiced very well mentally and weren't very into it the way they had been in the three practices before," said head coach Lane Kiffin. "The defensive front seven really was [into it], front eight if you count Su'a [Cravens], and played really well today."
  • Cravens' performance in spring ball thus far has impressed Kiffin and other coaches. "One of the offensive coaches said he looked like a senior in college out there," Kiffin said. "He is a really special player. There is a reason why he was the National Defensive Player of the Year. He is one of those unique guys that is able to soak everything up. He is really focused on being a great student-athlete and I think we have the all-around package." 
  • The USC defense and Cravens are easily adjusting to the new scheme and playbook. Cravens has spent time at both nickel back and safety. At this point, he is favoring nickel back because he is able to play a little more freely. "Today in practice, things were going my way a little bit. I had two interceptions," said freshman safety Su'a Cravens. "The playbook is really simple and Coach [Pendergast] keeps it really easy for us. I have been working with Josh Shaw and he has taken me under his wing and has helped me out with all the plays."
  • Both Max Wittek and Marqise Lee have sustained knee injuries. "Both did not practice today," Kiffin said. "We anticipate both of them being back if not this week then the next Tuesday practice." 
  • Max Wittek was injured during Saturday's practice and suffered a sprained MCL. Wittek remarked that it was odd to miss practice as he never has during his entire time at USC. "Obviously you wouldn't want anything to be torn but if there is ever a time for this to happen, I guess it would be right now," Wittek said. "I am pretty positive about it and hopefully I can be back by Thursday maybe Saturday. I am going to spend as much time mentally with my teammates, a lot more film work with individual players and talking to people on the sideline." 
  • After practice, media members attended a dinner with the new USC coaches and freshman players at the Galen Dining Center. 

(Photo by John McGillen)

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