2013 Spring Practice #11: Notes

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While spirits were high at practice, the injury news dampened the long term picture.
  • To reiterate from the post below, George Farmer will miss the 2013 season after tearing ligaments in his left knee.  He will redshirt the campaign and return in 2014 with two years of eligibility remaining.
  • Blackwell-Flournoy-Cal-JM.jpgFreshman DB Su'a Cravens is out for the rest of spring after tearing the meniscus in his knee.  The rehab is expected to take 4-6 weeks, and he should be healthy for Fall Camp.
  • In all, 22 players missed practice, including 18 scholarship players.  Lane Kiffin admitted that recapturing the physical identity of this team has cost them bodies. He plans on starting Fall Camp the same way, but tapering off leading up to the games.
  • Without Farmer, the onus falls on De'von Flournoy and Victor Blackwell (pictured by Jonathan Moore) to fill the third receiver role.  They own one career catch apiece, but they can expect many more opportunities in 2013. "Victor Blackwell has made a number of plays which is good.  By far, he's had his best camp," said Kiffin. "De'von Flournoy has kind of been setback with a hand injury, but has made some plays as well."
  • Spring entrant Darreus Rogers and fall enrollee Steven Mitchell will also be in the play-making mix.
  • The good news: For the third consecutive year, the USC offense can boast one of the nation's top receiving tandems.  Nelson Agholor has been electrifying during spring practice, and of course, Marqise Lee is the reigning Biletnikoff winner.  "We have seen a great spring out of Nelson," said Kiffin. "He really has made plays every day."
  • Agholor made the play of the day to end practice with a tremendous catch between two defenders who would have been flagged for pass interference.
  • Lee practiced for the first time in weeks today, and anticipates playing in Saturday's scrimmage.  "I'm good.  I felt good," said Lee.  "I'm not the type of person that likes to sit on the sideline watching. That's not me and that's not fun at all."
  • While he has been sidelined, Lee has brought constant energy and noise to the practice field.  He's either talking smack to defenders or pumping up his offense. "I try to be [a coach on the field] to the receivers at least."
  • Lee made a point to compliment Agholor, RB Tre Madden and RB Justin Davis after practice today.  He is impressed with how the offense is shaping up without him.
  • Here is Kiffin's post-practice presser:

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