USC completed its third day of fall camp on Monday, and no surprises or major developments took place. The defense had another strong practice and the offense performed much better than it did on Sunday. As expected, Kiffin has still not named a starting quarterback, and likely will not until the second week of camp, at the earliest.
Here are the highlights from Monday’s practice:
USC practiced for the first time this fall in shoulder pads. Practice was more uptempo and aggressive than it has been thus far, but no full-contact just yet. The Trojans will run their first practice in full pads on Thursday.
Kiffin told the media that the first day of pads is always good for the coaches, as there is more they can evaluate on film. He followed that up by saying that he won’t really have an entire picture of where the team is until they put on full pads.
Kiffin also said that the offense took much better care of the ball today.
RB Tre Madden, who missed all of last season with an ACL injury, told the media that he feels 100-percent recovered. “I don’t even want to wear the brace now,” he told the media.
As noted yesterday, Kevin Greene has been switched from DE to TE. He played there again on Monday.
Cody Kessler got the majority of the first team reps with the offense.
DL Kenny Bigelow left practice early with an apparent hand injury, and OL Aundrey Walker left practice as well for unspecified reasons.
LB Hayes Pullard did not practice Monday, but will be out there on Tuesday.
The head coach commented on freshman linebacker Michael Hutchings, saying he looks like an upper classman so far. “It’s obvious he has been coached extremely well,” Kiffin said.
The Trojans resume Fall Camp practice on Tuesday, Aug. 6.
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