Quoting Kiffin: Fall Camp Opens

USC head coach Lane Kiffin gives his thoughts on the physical development of the team over the summer, which position group stood out and true freshmen George Farmer and Amir Carlisle.

Opening Statement:
"Today, to me, showed an unbelievable job by our strength staff in the offseason and our players commitment to doing things right. I hope what you see, what I saw today, we look different. We look different than we did a year ago, even in the spring. We look bigger, we look faster, we look stronger. It's a great credit to Aaron Ausmus and his staff and to these guys for buying into that. I know it's day one, but I love where they are at physically and mentally. We challenged them with stuff we've never done before at the end of practice, after practice, not one guy complaining about it. Now we got to put all this talent and all this hard work down and put the pieces into place."

On which position group stood out:
"It's hard without any pads on to know that much. But as you walk around and look at the drills and where our team is, you got to feel good – especially with Armond out here, the move with Devon Kennard – as you look at our defensive line go through the bags, go through the drills. That's not everything that football is, but as you look at what they did today that's a very good-looking crew. That's exciting because obviously that's an area we want to be dominant in."

On freshman wide receiver George Farmer:
"Looked strong, physical, extremely explosive, good hands. Physically, he looked like everything he is supposed to be."

On sophomore wide receiver Markeith Ambles' absence:
"Markeith is finishing up summer (school session) two. There are six days left in summer two and we want to make sure that he concentrates on that so he can be eligible."

On junior quarterback Matt Barkley:
"I thought he did really well early. Forced it a bit with the excitement of the first day out here and giving him a couple plays we hadn't even installed yet with him and Robert and some of the guys that know the system."

On which running back stood out:
"Amir Carlisle, both in the walk-through this morning and again out here, really showed up. Really very quick, explosive (but) had some ball security issues like normal true freshmen have. It was really exciting to see him out here for the first time."


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