At Pac-12 Media Day, USC coach Lane Kiffin discussed many topics pertaining to next season, ranging from his interest in Penn State players (no comment), to what he wants to work on more during fall camp. After the main press conference, he continued to divulge information and he revealed that he does not expect Robert Woods to be 100-percent healthy by the start of training camp Aug. 6.
Woods played all of last season on a sore right ankle, which Kiffin noted as probably around 75-percent healthy, that required offseason surgery. He then sat out pretty much all of spring ball. Last month Woods began wearing a brace due to lingering inflammation, and it is supposed to stabilize that ankle while playing.
Woods is expected to be ready to go come the season opener, but the speed at which he is healing is the cause of some anxiety to those who follow the program. He was a huge factor in the offensive contingent that brought USC back some positive attention, alongside fellow receiver Marqise Lee and running back Curtis McNeal.
Though his ankle was never at 100-percent last season, Woods set USC and Pac-12 records with 111 receptions.