Quoting Kiffin: Fall Camp

USC head coach Lane Kiffin looks back on Monday's scrimmage at the Coliseum and evaluates freshmen Aundrey Walker and Lamar Dawson.

-On Tuesday's practice
"I thought it was pretty good for guys coming out after a late-night game like that. We really wanted to push them instead of just having a walk-through today, bring them out here and push them through, which is what we need at this point. So we put the pads on again, had a pretty intense practice and for the most part pretty pleased with how they responded."

-On freshman linebacker Lamar Dawson
"I told our staff today, this morning, after watching all the film, over the years of doing this, at this point right here, if you have a freshman, a true freshman who's been through five practices, his first time in the Coliseum, and he's lining up right and making plays, we have somebody pretty special. Most of the guys at this point barely can line up once they get in that scenario, like a lot of our freshmen did – they're running the wrong routes or dropping it or jumping offsides. He does not look like a true freshman out there, which is what we want. That's what the really good guys in the past have done."

-On freshman offensive lineman Aundrey Walker
"Aundrey did some really good things in the game, another freshman showing things out there. That position (offensive tackle) is probably the hardest one outside of quarterback for guys to come in and play right away. So he showed us enough by the things he did, especially at 364 pounds, to play the way that he did, was pretty special. He's still got a long ways before he could really play in a game after only six practices now, but he looks very talented, so we're going to move him in there and give him a shot to start."

-On the two vacant guard positions
"We weren't very pleased with the guard play with the first unit coming out of preseason Game 1. That's why there's competition. We'll give someone else a shot and see what happens."

-On Walker, continued
"It's extremely unique for him to be able to move at that size the way that he does. Even at today's practice, we're probably at 2 ½ hours out here, and we run probably 18 plays at the end of a long drive. The last one's 80 yards. He sprints down there, and he's running there with the 275-pound guys. That's very abnormal. We have ourselves a very, very special athlete, so now we've got to put the other stuff together so he can be a special player."

-On the defensive line
Christian Tupou's doing very well. Played well in limited action last night. It's great to have him back because he's such a leader. He's probably the person the guys look up to more than anybody, even guys who have been more productive over the years. So it's great to have him back. And the D-line in general looks extremely talented, especially if and when Armond (Armstead) gets added back to that group, it could be a very special group. That's some pretty special guys added to the group.

-On evaluating the film of Monday's scrimmage
"Demetrius Wright, before he got hurt, looked special again. Jawanza Starling did some good things, some things that have concerned us in the past with tackling, he took those serious in the offseason and you can tell he's improved there. And Brice Butler played well. So he'll continue to get some more opportunities."


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