USC held its final practice of spring camp on Thursday, a lighter, no pads affair before the team suits up for the Spring Game on Saturday. It was a largely uneventful practice, but Lane Kiffin spoke about the impending scrimmage and the injuries that the Trojans have sustained thus far.
Here are the quick hits from Thursday:
RB Tre Madden, currently working his was back from an ACL injury, ran scout team quarterback against the fist-team defense today.
Lane Kiffin told the media that tight end Randall Telfer had knee surgery on Thursday, and will be out for the next 4-6 weeks recovering. Both of USC’s starting tight ends are now inactive, as Xavier Grimble was sidelined earlier in the spring with a fractured chest.
The head coach went on to say that about 20 players are currently injured, with 11 having had surgery. He said that the spring game will go on as scheduled, though they will have to get creative with it because of the depleted corps.
He noted that he had considered having wide receivers Marqise Lee and Nelson Agholor play at cornerback on Saturday, but ultimately has decided against it. According to him, they would be the best corners on the team.
Despite the injury issues at cornerback, defensive coordinator Clancy Pendergast is not fazed: “It’s not anything that hasn’t been there before in an offseason where I’ve coached the secondary,” he said after practice.
USC officially concluded spring camp on Saturday, after the annual Spring Game in the Coliseum at 1 p.m. This game is open to the public, and will include a variety of fan experiences after the scrimmage ends.
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