2013 Fall Camp #13: Notes

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Lane Kiffin shortened practice tonight as the team battles through the dog days of camp.
  • The Trojans are missing 19 scholarship players due to injury, which leads to increased reps for everyone else, so Kiffin abbreviated the session to protect his team. 
  • Kiffin-Tedford.jpgMost of the injuries are considered minor including DL Leonard Williams, who did do some work during individual drills.  Among the injured: Marqise Lee, Nelson Agholor, Darreus Rogers, Randall Telfer, Silas Redd, Justin Davis, D.J. Morgan and Ty Isaac.
  • De'Von Flournoy and Victor Blackwell were again the only scholarship receivers practicing.  With the superstars sidelined, walk-on WR Robby Kolanz, who is also interning in the USC sports information department, was the MVP of practice, according to Kiffin.  He made a diving TD catch to ring in the closing horns.
  • While Darreus Rogers is out now, he has made a lasting impression during Fall Camp.  "It feels good.  It looks good on the outside, but I still have a lot to work on," said Rogers.
  • Thanks to his father's genes, Rogers has exceptionally large hands, and he uses them to great effect.  "Catching, everybody says, is my biggest strength.  I'm just trying to perfect that.  I'm probably not the fastest guy, but if the ball goes up, I'm going to go get it."
  • Rogers was dealt a tough blow when he was unable to enroll last fall, but he sat out the semester, and arrived with a chip on his shoulder.  "I just came in with the mindset that I wanted to play.  After sitting out a year, I wasn't worried about the depth chart.  I was just focused on myself and the team."
  • Fellow freshman Max Browne has been officially dropped from the starting quarterback race, Kiffin announced earlier this week.  However, Browne is not discouraged, "My mindset now is just competing against myself every single day...not really worrying about depth charts, but at the same time, making sure I am ready to go whenever called upon."
  • Kiffin complimented Browne for handling the news like a pro, and the quarterback returned the compliment to his head coach who delivered the news in a private meeting, "When I got recruited here, it is exactly what they told me, we're going to compete every single day. And that's exactly what happened.  I was appreciative that he met with me.  It was a class act on their half.  It was a meeting I was thankful to have."
  • As far as the remaining two quarterbacks in the derby, Kiffin's decision could come down to who makes the fewest mistakes.  "The number one theme for this team this year is about taking care of the football," said the head coach, who is focused on turnover margin.  USC was -2 last year in that category.
  • Kiffin praised the left side of his offensive line, Chad Wheeler and Max Tuerk, "They have a great mentality about the game and about toughness."
  • Kiffin had a long chat today with one of his mentors, Jeff Tedford (pictured), the former Cal head coach.
  • Here is Kiffin on his diminished roster and the challenges it presents...

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