The USC Trojans opened their first spring football camp under new head coach Steve Sarkisian on Tuesday afternoon at Howard Jones Field, and among players back on the field was redshirt junior wide receiver George Farmer. Farmer missed all of 2013 with a torn knee ligament and came into camp expecting to be limited.
During media availability after Tuesday’s first practice, Farmer updated his status at practice.
I am going to be participating in no-contact drills. I’m in no-contact right now. So, we’ll see how that goes from here. For now, we don’t have any pads on, so I’m trying to get the routes down [and] the plays going. We’ll move forward as spring goes on, but right now I’m participating in no-contact drills. [via Scott Wolf on Tout, in embedded video below]
When asked about the specifics of his knee, Farmer said “after today, I’m very confident in it,” and according to Neon Tommy’s Jacob Freedman, asserted that his knee was at 85 percent.
Farmer’s expected to compete for receptions behind Nelson Agholor and Darreus Rogers in the USC receiving corps, and if healthy could be the benefactor of a more balanced Sarkisian passing attack that should spread the ball around more than the Lane Kiffin offense.
In two years of action, Farmer has amassed a total of five receptions and has missed time due to injury in all three seasons since enrolling in 2011.