Apr 5, 2012; Los Angeles, CA, USA; Southern California Trojans quarterback Cody Kessler (6) during a spring practice at Howard Jones Field. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee/Image of Sport-US PRESSWIRE
USC held spring practice at the Coliseum on Friday, in the late afternoon as opposed to the 6 p.m. originally-scheduled time. This is the first time the Trojans have been back to the Coliseum since the conclusion of spring practice, and the first time ever for Silas Redd. Lots of young guys got playing time in the scrimmage so it wasn’t the prettiest football USC has played, but it did not disappoint in terms of action.
Here are the highlights from Day 5:
Silas Redd broke a 43-yard run on his the first carry in scrimmage in the Coliseum, showing a glimpse of what he is preparing to do for USC this season. After practice, he said he “was getting chills” walking down the Coliseum tunnel.
Backup RB D.J. Morgan led the team in carries, and Buck Allen got a good amount as well. Morgan did not record any fumbles. That was a big issue for him last season, and a reason we did not see much of him.
Fellow RB Curtis McNeal got dinged and didn’t play much, but at the end of practice said he was fine and could have continued playing.
Florida transfer Josh Shaw worked at corner today instead of safety due to some minor injuries, but he reportedly looked good. His involvement in the Trojan defense will be something to keep an eye on.
Kiffin said FB Soma Vainuku brings lots of value at tailback. He ran faster than many of the running backs during the scrimmage.
CB Torin Harris left the game early with what appeared to be a right hamstring injury. He had ice on it and didn’t return.
Matt Barkley completed only 7 of 16 passes for 109 yards and one touchdown.
Late Thursday evening, USA Today reported that Coach Kiffin voted for USC No. 1 in the Coaches’ Poll, even though he said at Pac-12 Media that he would not vote the Trojans as such. We wrote about this situation earlier today, and how it was all much ado about nothing. Today, Kiffin answered questioned pertaining to the situation, saying that the fact that USA Today made his vote public is “not a big deal”, and that no one has called him or contacted him in any way regarding him coaches’ poll vote, or his comments at media day.
On Saturday the Trojans will begin two-a-days, the first of which is scheduled for 9:20 a.m., and then 3:15 p.m.
Topics: Coliseum, Curtis McNeal, Josh Shaw, Matt Barkley, Silas Redd, Soma Vainuku, Torin Harris, USC Football Camp