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USC returned to Howard Jones field for practice on Friday, bringing an end to the first week of Fall Camp. Following a full contact scrimmage on Thursday, the Trojans held a no-tackle practice, wearing just shoulder pads and shorts. Head coach Lane Kiffin told the media that it was a good first week of camp, but that there are still a number of things to hammer out before the season rolls around.
Though it was a low impact practice, wide receiver Marqise Lee and defensive end Leonard Williams both left practice early due to injury. Williams aggravated his shoulder and came of the field with ice, but Lee’s injury was a bit more dramatic. Lee got caught up trying to catch a deep ball over the middle. He was then twisted and taken down by Kevon Seymour, falling awkwardly on his shoulder. He came off the field of his own accord and did not appear to be in as much pain as Williams was when he left. Kiffin did not have an update on either status at the end of practice, and regarding Lee, said he would not have one until later this evening.
Defensive back Su’a Cravens returned to practice for the first time in three days, and LT Aundrey Walker stayed out for the fourth day in a row. In his absence, Chad Wheeler has really made a name for himself and continues to climb the depth chart. Kiffin commented that he has earned the right to compete against Walker for the starting job.
Zach Banner got some playing time today with the first team, and reportedly leveled DE Williams at one point in practice. Kiffin told the media that he feels Banner is one of the most improved players on roster.
For the wide receivers, Kiffin confirmed that as of now, newcomer Darreus Rogers sits in the No. 3 spot on the depth chart, behind Lee and Agholor. If things remain the same going into the fall, USC stands to have a very formidable aerial assault.
With week one in the books, USC begins its second week of camp on Saturday, Aug. 10, which will also signal the beginning of two-a-days. The Trojans practice first at 8:45 a.m. and then again at 6 p.m.