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The Trojans held their first practice on Wednesday to prepare for postseason play. The team had a couple weeks off to rest after their final regular season game against Notre Dame, and Coach Kiffin said he felt the energy level in the Coliseum mirrored that of training camp.
Here’s the rundown on Wednesday’s events:
Neither Matt Barkley nor Marqise Lee attended practice today, as they are heading to New York and Orlando respectively for awards presentations.
The seniors on the team did not dress out in pads Wednesday, but instead coached their younger teammates, in an interesting change of pace.
Coaches Ed Orgeron, Tee Martin and Kennedy Polamalu were not in attendance because they are on the road recruiting. Lane Kiffin would hit the recruiting trail as well once practice ended.
The team ended practice with some conditioning, and Kiffin observed that the players seemed to be loose and were having a good time. Interesting, because a few players previously griped about USC having to be in El Paso, TX on New Year’s Eve.
C Abe Markowitz is currently in the process of requesting a sixth year of eligibility, but Coach Kiffin said that even if he gets it, Markowitz will not be able to suit up for USC next year. With the scholarship limitations the Trojans simply do not have room for him. Markowitz wants to come back in the fall so he can finish his Master’s degree, and he does have the option to pay for school himself and walk on to the team.
Josh Shaw moved back to safety during Wednesday’s practice, and Kiffin offered that he intends to play him there during the spring.
The Trojans will convene again on Thursday to continue their postseason preparation. The Trojans are slated to face Georgia Tech in the Sun Bowl, on New Year’s Eve.
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