2013 Fall Camp #4: Notes

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After four days of mostly install, the Trojans put the full pads on tomorrow and get after it.
  • Lane Kiffin described today's action as more "back and forth" with the offense and defense trading good plays. 
  • QB Max Wittek threw a pair of interceptions, one to Lamar Dawson and the other to Devon Kennard. "Unfortunately, we made two bad decisions in there," said Lane Kiffin about the picks.  However, the head coach always emphasizes focusing on the film instead of the result of the play.
  • LT Aundrey Walker missed practice with an undisclosed injury giving Max Tuerk and Chad Wheeler a shot to impress the coaches at that spot.  "I'm kind of excited to see what it looks like on film," said Kiffin.
  • USC WR Marqise Lee was the center of media attention after releasing the statement in the previous blog post.  He did not elaborate instead choosing to concentrate on football.  He had another exemplary practice.
  • Lee continues to itch for a starting quarterback to be named.  "Man, man. Do I want a starting quarterback?  Yes, but I am still waiting for Kiffin to call it," Lee said with a big smile.
  • Agholor-Camp3-McG.jpgNelson Agholor (pictured) is the undisputed starter opposite Lee, but he has work to do to fill the shoes of Robert Woods, USC's all-time reception leader.  "He is still improving in all things," said WR coach Tee Martin about Agholor.  "He knows a lot, but I am challenging him on seeing the whole picture and knowing the whole picture.  Going into this season, he can expect people to focus on Marqise, so he can be a dependable and reliable receiver."
  • Woods distinguished himself as an exceptional route runner, while Lee is a physical marvel.  So, how does Martin describe Agholor? "Great route runner.  Smart.  Physical in the run game.  He can play multiple positions.  They are all different, but I think Nelson is right up there with them talent-wise."
  • Martin has a ton of faith in Agholor who is an outstanding student.  Agholor even called his shot this past semester telling Martin that he would get a 3.0 or better and then followed through.  "I could not ask for a better person on and off the field," said Martin.
  • Darreus Rogers is pushing for the third receiver spot thanks to a dependable pair of hands.  "He's improving quickly," said Martin.  "Big, strong, physical receiver.  He's really one of the stronger catchers that I've been around in terms of strong hands and being able to go up and challenge for the ball."
  • Despite having only five scholarship receivers, Tee Martin is only focused on getting the small unit better and can't worry about more injuries.  "Just play ball.  You can't have any reservations," he said.
  • In case of emergency, Martin said non-scholarship receivers George Katrib and Robby Kolanz would be next up.  "Those guys are awesome.  They are making some plays."
  • Here is the head coach who spent some time talking about young CB Devian Shelton who is an under the radar player to watch:

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I really hope this "QB competition" is just to bring out the best in them and not to select the QB. Max seems like a great guy, but Cody has really stood out. He has a higher completion percentage, does not through the interceptions and can throw deep and is mobile too. He is also a team leader. We are only three weeks away and it seems time to pick Cody and let him prepare as the starter.

My two cents worth...

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