Quoting Kiffin: Spring Game Edition

USC head coach Lane Kiffin gives his thoughts on USC's 121-play scrimmage at the Coliseum. Look inside for details on the play of the defense, Robert Woods' injury and more.

Lane Kiffin on the spring game:

"Well, I thought the story line of the day would be, if this were a real game, the play of the first-team defense, especially early on before we took some guys out. The two defensive ends played extremely well today, (along with) T.J. McDonald and Nickell Robey. That was good to see.

"It was good that we stayed healthy for the guys that did play, which is always a scare in this game, especially with what happened last year (Christian Tupou ACL). That was good. Some guys did come out of the game with injuries, but we don't think any of them are very severe. The most severe maybe would have been Rhett (Ellison), but he's already been X-rayed, and they were negative with his back.

"It was good to see some guys push through, especially the running backs being very hurt. Curtis and Dillon stayed in there even though they were banged up. Marc was out with a concussion, and then D.J. was out with a shoulder. So, some good things."

Lane Kiffin on Robert Woods' injury:

"Robert Woods hurt his ankle yesterday playing basketball. So we now have a new no-basketball policy the day before the spring game. It's nothing serious. He warmed up but couldn't go. And really maybe a good thing that it happened. A guy like that, you'd hate for him to get hurt today, something serious. He would not have played very much anyway today."

Lane Kiffin on which unit made the most improvement this spring:

"I think the linebackers probably made the most improvement for a group (where) the three projected starters, probably, didn't play at all this spring. You really had a bunch of guys who didn't play at all. For those guys to be functional in there and improve, headlined by Hayes Pullard, the move of Dion Bailey from safety, and then (Marquis) Simmons playing pretty well this spring, it was good to see."

Lane Kiffin on which unit has the most work to do:

"The offensive line has the most work by far. As you saw today, we basically played with one player who has played college football, significant snaps of college football. We have a lot of work to do there."

Lane Kiffin on the play of Xavier Grimble:

"I think Xavier did well. I think he's had a good camp too. I think he's got the potential to be a really good tight end for us. We just have to continue to develop him. He's in his second semester, along with a lot of these guys."

Lane Kiffin on the tackling this spring:

"I think the defense is improved from a year ago even though we have a number of guys out with two potential D-line starters out, potentially all three linebackers out. I think they did do better. I don't know how good of a look we're giving them on offense to really challenge them. Hopefully we can give them a better look in the fall."

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