2013 Fall Camp #2: Notes

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As is typical early in camp, the defense completely dominated the offense on day two.
  • The Trojans revamped defense was flying around Howard Jones Field attacking the quarterbacks and making plays in the secondary.  Among the forced turnovers, freshman S Su'a Cravens (pictured) made an athletic adjustment to haul in a Cody Kessler deep ball, while CB Torin Harris hung tough over the middle to snag a Max Browne pass.
  • Cravens-FB-Spring2-McG.jpgLane Kiffin was excited about his defense's performance, and the forced turnovers. "Their energy that they came out with was really good throughout the whole practice," he said.
  • Before undergoing knee surgery, Cravens' playmaking ability stood out in spring practice.  Now, he is healthy and in the mix for immediate playing time.  He worked a lot with the first team yesterday.
  • The safety position is not only one of the deepest units on the team, but also one of the most versatile.  In particular, Josh Shaw, Dion Bailey and Cravens have displayed an aptitude for several different positions.  Clancy Pendergast is having all six safeties rotate between three different spots.  "Really, [Pendergast] is just trying to see who is the best fit, and whoever makes the most plays and whoever he sees is going to make the biggest impact is going to play," said Cravens, who expressed a willingness to play anywhere to contribute.
  • Kiffin pointed out that the safeties and running backs need to play a major role on special teams since those are the two deepest position groups.
  • Looking back at the film from day one, Kiffin continues to admire the talents of his young runners Justin Davis and Tre Madden.  "They are special players" with "unique skill sets."
  • Freshman QB Max Browne has added 15-20 pounds since stepping on campus in January.  He is up to 224 lbs. with more room to grow into his 6-foot-5 frame.  He's starting to look like a college quarterback physically, and he has a much better grasp on the playbook.  "It feels more comfortable," Browne said.  "It is still fast.  Before everything was spinning, and now it is definitely slowing down."
  • Browne described the idea of starting this year as "realistic," but the challenge of catching two more seasoned quarterbacks is a steep one.  "That's the big reason why I came here," Browne said about going after the starting job as a true freshman. "But, I also knew I was going to have to compete."  
  • Senior Kevin Greene switched to offense for the day.  The 6-foot-4, 255 pound physical specimen is being tried out at tight end as the coaching staff looks to add some depth at that position.
  • Here is the head coach talking mostly defense:

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If the defense can improve, especially in regards to getting more turnovers, that could be huge for this upcoming season.

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