2013 Fall Camp #11 & #12: Notes

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Another two-a-day for the Trojans who practiced lightly in the morning but closed with some enthusiasm under the lights.
  • USC practiced on Dedeaux Field today, and will continue to do so through Wednesday.
  • Graf-Camp2-McG.jpgLane Kiffin called tonight's session "by far the best practice that we've had this training camp."
  • The Trojan receiving corps is down to two healthy bodies with Nelson Agholor and Darreus Rogers joining Marqise Lee on the sideline.  However, De'Von Flournoy, who had a long TD catch, and Victor Blackwell had strong practices, according to Lane Kiffin.
  • As the only fully healthy scholarship running back, Buck Allen has seized his opportunity.  He is playing too well to ignore.  With a new position coach, Kiffin said Allen has been given "a clean slate" and "taken advantage of it on and off the field," which includes a strong semester in the classroom.
  • The highlight of tonight's practice was the goal line drill played to the tune of AC/DC's "Hells Bells."  The offense dominated the session scoring touchdowns on several consecutive plays via the run and pass.  "We were really pumped for it today," said senior RT Kevin Graf.  "We came out with a lot of energy.  It wasn't just goal line, it was throughout the whole day."
  • While the offensive line has been reshuffled a bit, four of five starters return.  "We really haven't missed a beat," said Graf about the experienced group.  "We really work together well which is the biggest thing that needs to happen."
  • Graf and John Martinez are headed into their third season as the right side of the USC offensive line.  What is it like to start 25 games next to the same guy?  "You know what, you barely have to talk," Graf said.  "We know what each other are thinking."
  • In the last two seasons, the Trojans' offensive identity has been as a passing team.  But with less experience at quarterback and an impressive stable of running backs, the power run game could return to Troy.  "I definitely think we can, especially with the offensive line we have, and especially with these running backs.  All of them could be 1,000-yard rushers," said Graf (pictured from earlier in camp).
  • One of those backs, Tre Madden, ended practice with a nifty TD run juking a defender to the ground.  He is starting to look like himself again.
  • Here is Kiffin who was asked mostly about Marqise Lee today...

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