Notables: Trojans' 2/21 Throwing Session

Some news and notes surrounding a USC offseason workout.

After the Trojans conditioned with coaches Tuesday afternoon, the players had their typical offseason throwing session all by their lonesome for about an hour afterward.

In a different twist, though, linemen joined the wide receivers and defensive backs after about a half hour. The 11 on 11 session lasted for a brief time, but it definitely felt as though spring ball was coming.

Out of what looked like boredom, a few players tried their hand -- or foot -- at kicker Andre Heidari's job. George Farmer and Jesse Scroggins both booted a couple footballs. While humorous, both were unsuccessful in their attempts.

Walk on quarterback Anthony Nyer was only under center for a bit Tuesday but it was enough time for Nickell Robey to intercept Nyer's pass. It wasn't clear if it was a pick-six, as a few linemen came off the sideline to block Robey's path to the endzone.

Another walk on, running back Kamaron Germany, said he hopes the lack of depth at his position will get him on the field. He sounds like he sees this as an opportunity to impress the coaching staff that might need Germany if injuries pile up to the other backs.

Defensive end Charles Burks said he got cleared a week ago for spring ball. He said he can't condition with the team yet because he hurt his hip flexor but expects to be ready when the team gets together March 7.

Burks said the coaching staff switched him to defensive end from fullback at the end of training camp last fall. And while his knee is fully healthy after undergoing surgery to repair a torn meniscus, the lineman still has to gain about 20 pounds. His mom is labeling his food and trying to make sure he eats six meals a day.

Another player who stuck to a strict diet is offensive lineman Aundrey Walker -- also known as "Rozay" by the collective team and media. Walker said he finally feels at home in Los Angeles. The trim 315-pound tackle lost about 30 pounds since December (and almost 70 since enrolling in the fall). He said he did it through limiting his carbohydrate intake.

"I pretty much stopped eating starches, too many carbs. Now I eat vegetables and meat, more than anything. And I'm out on the field, doing workouts, weight training, conditioning, just working hard," he said.

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