USC Football News: Fall Camp Day 3 Practice Notes


Injuries and fatigue were at the forefront of the USC football news out of fall camp day three, as the Trojans put on shoulder pads for the first time.

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“It was somewhat of your typical day three,” Sarkisian said after practice, noting that the introduction of pads wore the players down some. “Fatigue kicks in because you get used to practicing the first two days without collisions and in day three the collisions kick in.”

Collisions definitely played a part in the outcomes of practice with a new slate of, thankfully minor, injuries hitting the team.

Dominic Davis, who took plenty of punishment over the weekend before the pads even came on, bruised his back after leaping for a pass and landing awkwardly.

That means the Trojans could be without two of the five scholarship running backs on the roster for day four of camp. Justin Davis sat out Monday with a hamstring problem he picked up on Sunday.

On the defensive line, freshman Noah Jefferson hyperextended his elbow. Sarkisian did not believe it to be severe.

Also on the injury front, Viane Talamaivao, who is also dealing with a hamstring concern, was sidelined while Rasheem Green remained out. Sarkisian said on Sunday that the freshman defensive lineman could be ready to get into practice soon.

Injuries are always a concern as players get back to full conditioning, but thus far USC has not had any major fitness scares at least.

Now, let’s dive into the notebook.

Quick Notes:

  • Steven Mitchell took a knock early in practice, but Sarkisian was pleased that he was able to shake it off and keep playing. The head coach sees that as a sign that he is fully healthy that he was able to bounce back without letting it affect him.
  • With Talamaivao out, Toa Lobendahn and Chad Wheeler saw time on the line together for the first time during camp. With Lobendahn filling in at guard, Wheeler worked with the ones at tackle. (Via Michael Lev) Sarkisian said after that he expects more than five offensive lineman to see regular time this season, especially with injuries always on the horizon.
  • Iman Marshall had a strong showing in his third practice as a Trojan, earning praise from Sarkisian for what he called his best practice so far. Sarkisian said pads suit his game.
  • Another day, another freshman introducing themselves with an interception off a tipped pass. This time it was safety Marvell Tell who reaped the benefits. (Via Shotgun Spratling)
  • Sarkisian praised the defensive line for making it tough for the running game, though Tre Madden still found a way to make his mark on the offense. The running back caught the touchdown pass which won the offense the finishing challenge.
  • Kevon Seymour is showing more aggression and edge this fall, according to Sarkisian.
  • Soma Vainuku caught a touchdown on a wheel route. Sarkisian said he hopes to use Vainuku more in those kinds of situations.

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