Notables: Trojans' 2/28 Throwing Session

Some news and notes surrounding a USC offseason workout.

Tuesday's practice session was a little shorter than usual, but probably expected since the Trojans began conditioning with coaches only recently.

I got a chance to speak with USC defensive backs coach Marvin Sanders. He seems like a solid fit and actually has experience recruiting in Los Angeles. It was his designated area when he was the secondary coach at Nebraska. He actually recruited Josh Shaw (a Palmdale, Calif. native) hard when he was with the Huskers. Sanders joked that the main difference between working at USC versus Nebraska was that he can actually go out to dinner in public somewhere without someone noticing him.

After meeting separately with four USC coaches, tight end Junior Pomee said he was asked to play defensive end in certain packages. Because he loves offense, Pomee was reluctant to make the move, albeit a part-time one. Still, the coaches convinced him that he would only be used sparingly. The 252-pounder doesn't seem enthusiastic about the move.

Defensive end Kevin Greene was wearing a boot on his right foot Tuesday. He said it was to protect a high ankle sprain but said he should be fine to play within a week or so. He's been getting treatment on the ankle from team doctors.

Randall Telfer said he's been watching a lot of Vernon Davis film, while tight end Randall Telfer has watched a lot of Dominique Byrd's. Telfer talked about trying to increase his leadership role next season and believes the current crop of tight ends is a lethal group.

Another lethal group is obviously USC's receivers. The core's veteran, De'Von Flournoy, talked in length about trying to finally fulfill the role he set out for himself when he enrolled at USC. He is hoping to take over for graduating senior Brandon Carswell as the leading blocker on the Trojans' receiving core. He's been taking tips from Carswell this offseason and said coaches expect him to fill that role. He said he needs to gain about 15 pounds to become that roleplayer; he has already gained 8 this offseason.

"I have meetings with Kiff, I had meetings with Gilmore when he was here and now Coach Martin says ‘We know you have the ability, we know you have the talent, now we just need to see consistency,'" he said.

"I feel like I'm at my most confident now, in the offense, I'm starting to break down defenses, I feel like I'm a better route runner, and I'm a lot stronger."

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