Extra Points: Takeaways from Wednesday

Some extra observations, sights and notes after Wednesday's practice at Howard Jones Field.

First, scouts from the New York Giants and Pittsburgh Steelers were present at practice today. This is the second consecutive day that the Giants scout has attended USC's practice.

Second, George Farmer was simulating MarQueis Gray, Minnesota's quarterback, during the Trojans' scout team preparation. Farmer mimics Gray in how athletic he is, and while Farmer only played quarterback in Pop Warner, their size and movement is similar.

Third, the USC athletic department opened Amir Carlisle and George Farmer up to the media Wednesday, as they did with Lamar Dawson, Marqise Lee and Aundrey Walker Tuesday. Carlisle and Farmer both seem incredibly focused, serious players who are doing whatever it takes to have prominent roles on the team.

Fourth, Robert Woods wore the yellow no-contact jersey Wednesday because of what Lane Kiffin called a swollen elbow, which the sophomore injured in Sunday's scrimmage. He is expected to continue practicing this week.

Fifth, Lane Kiffin said fullback-turned-defensive end Charles Burks suffered a torn ACL and will need surgery this week. According to a forum poster and reliable source, Burks suffered a torn meniscus, rather, and will have surgery Thursday. He is expected to fully recover by spring, the source said.

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