2013 Spring Practice #6: Notes

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The Trojans went full speed for a 56-play scrimmage in the Coliseum Saturday morning.
  • USC is banged up.  RB Silas Redd has a torn meniscus in his knee which will require surgery.  He will miss the rest of spring football, but should be 100% by fall camp.  OT Chad Wheeler is also out for the remainder of spring.
  • The Trojans have a week off for spring break now which gives the players some time to rehab.  WR Marqise Lee, QB Max Wittek, TE Xavier Grimble, S Su'a Cravens, RB Justin Davis, CB Kevon Seymour, CB Devian Shelton, DL J.R. Tavai and FB Soma Vainuku are among the sidelined.
  • Agholor-Spring3-McG.jpgDL George Uko was named the MVP of practice.  He had a sack, and combined with Leonard Williams to disrupt the first team offense with penetration.
  • On the second team defensive line, nose tackle Kenny Bigelow enjoyed the "best practice" of his two-week USC career, according to Kiffin.  He had two sacks in the scrimmage.  "It felt great," said Bigelow.  "I wanted to come out here and have a dominant day and get my mindset right."
  • Both Kiffin and Bigelow acknowledged that he has struggled a bit with the adjustment, but bright days are ahead for the five-star talent.  Kiffin called his first sack a "coming out play."  "I haven't been to my full potential since I've been out here," said Bigelow.  "That play was a glimpse of what I am really capable of and I think the coaches noticed that."
  • The positives from the defense continue to be in the first team front seven.  LB Hayes Pullard added to his solid spring with a team-high six tackles.
  • The question marks with the new USC defense are mostly at cornerback.  Kevon Seymour and Devian Shelton sat out practice with injuries, and Kiffin stressed that they need to return soon.  Torin Harris was pulled from the first team after getting burned by Nelson Agholor for a 75-yard touchdown, but he did recover to force a fumble with a big hit later in practice.  
  • (Photo of Agholor from last Saturday's scrimmage by John McGillen)
  • The biggest offensive improvement came at center where Max Tuerk did not have a single quarterback exchange issue with Cody Kessler.  The two have been practicing snaps "every day until we get it right," Tuerk said.  "There's always room for improvement.  I just gotta get the repetitions and keep working hard."
  • With no snap issues, the offense was able to find its rhythm for drives at a time.  Cody Kessler completed 13 of 19 for 161 yards and a TD.  Agholor (4 catches for 106 yards) was the offensive MVP hauling in that 75-yard TD bomb from Kessler.  Buck Allen carried the run game with 11 attempts for 65 yards and a TD plunge.
  • Running the second team offense, Max Browne completed 6 of 9 for 69 yards most of which came on a 52-yard hookup with fellow freshman Darreus Rogers.
  • Kessler and Browne had time to find the deep ball thanks to better blitz protection from the offensive line.  The unit enjoys learning from new offensive line coach Mike Summers who Tuerk called "a great teacher."
  • On that offensive line, Marcus Martin is starting to work in at center, and he has been a pleasant surprise, according to Kiffin.  Like Tuerk, he is a versatile linemen who can play any of the three interior spots.
  • Here is Lane Kiffin's complete post-scrimmage presser...

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