Just 10 days til kickoff...
- Lane Kiffin loved the energy of practice today. The head coach was worried about a letdown after the exciting night practice at the Coliseum, but the Trojans brought it today from the opening horn. "I know we're going in the right direction, that's for sure," said Kiffin.
- Many injury issues still linger, but some key spots are coming around. Most importantly, All-American WR Marqise Lee looked like his old self today. "Marqise is pretty much all the way back from his injury," said Kiffin. "We're just being safe with it from a contact standpoint, but from a reps standpoint, we are maxing him out."
- While Torin Harris and Ryan Henderson are sidelined at cornerback, Anthony Brown continues to seize his opportunity. He forced an interception by deflecting a Cody Kessler slant pass that freshman LB Quinton Powell snatched out of the air.
- Freshman walk-on WR Aaron Minor is officially a YouTube sensation. His incredible catch has been viewed more than 110,000 times since the scrimmage on Friday, and the play was featured on ESPN and FoxSports1. "It's crazy how something like that could just blow up," said Minor. "I had no idea one catch could do all that."
- While most walk-ons never get a sniff of the field, the wide receiver group is so thin that there is hope for Minor and the other walk-ons. "If it happens, it happens," Minor said. "I'm just here to help the team in whatever way possible. If my number comes then I will be ready because I know my playbook and everything. Fingers crossed."
- The kicking game always flies under the radar in camp, but P Kris Albarado and K Andre Heidari become important players when the bullets start flying for real. Heidari was plagued by a knee injury in 2012. "I'm just going to put it in the past and not even worry about it," said Heidari about last season. "It was rough, but I couldn't do anything about it."
- Heidari is hoping to resume his kickoff duties along with placekicking. He spent the offseason strengthening his leg, and is using Fall Camp to build up to the season opener. "We're a lot like pitchers," Heidari said about his camp routine. "We don't try to come out here and kick a thousand balls a day. We only have one hip flexor, one quad, one hamstring, so we really just try to get the number of reps in that we need."
- Here is Lane Kiffin who has some strong words about the offensive line competition...