The Trojans were the walking wounded last season, as they battled an incredible amount of injuries despite playing with an already reduced roster.
That carried over to the spring, when nearly two dozen players missed time in Steve Sarkisian’s first camp. Several players like Leonard Williams and George Farmer were recovering from injuries they suffered in 2013.
On Monday, the Trojans began fall camp in a much better position and will look to keep it that way.“I felt like we were in good physical condition,” Sarkisian told reporters.
“That’s a tribute to Ivan Lewis and our strength and conditioning staff.”
Outside of defensive tackle Kenny Bigelow, who is lost for the season due to an ACL tear, starting cornerback Kevon Seymour was the only player that did not participate in the Trojans’ first practice session of fall camp.
Seymour watched practice from the sidelines in street clothes, as he’s recovering from a stomach flu that put him in the hospital for nearly a week. It’s unclear when he’ll return.
“We’re making sure that he’s fully recovered,” said Sarkisian. “I don’t want this thing to linger. ”
Once he regains lost water weight, Seymour is expected to resume his role as a starting cornerback and shouldn’t miss significant time barring any setbacks.
Sarkisian said that offensive lineman Aundrey Walker was not at 100 percent, but the senior still participated despite a noticeable limp.
As for the players coming back from injuries, Sarkisian was pleased, and had good reports on Williams, Randall Telfer and Josh Shaw.
Linebacker Lamar Dawson was the only player that Sarkisian mentioned he was displeased with from a physical standpoint.
“We didn’t get quite as much out of Lamar as we did the other guys coming off of injury,” said Sarkisian.
USC football fall camp continues on Tuesday evening with a practice session at Howard Jones Field that begins at 6:15 p.m.