Fall Camp Opens: Notes & Quick Hits

The long wait that started in November of 2011 is over, football is back in the land of Troy. The Trojans took to the field Monday night to open fall camp in preparation for the 2012 season.

Redd in the Family

It was only his first day of practice as a Trojan on Monday but Penn State transfer Silas Redd already has the USC lingo down.

"This is my new family now," he said when addressing the media after Monday's night session. "They have great tradition. This is known as RB-U, so I'm excited to suit up."

The 1,200-plus yard rusher made his presence known during the Trojans' first practice of fall camp.

"From what I saw, he hit the holes hard and ran downhill," said quarterback Matt Barkley. "He'll be a good compliment to Curtis [McNeal]."

As expected, Redd still has some catching up to do when it comes to learning the Trojans' playbook.

"It's only day one," Redd explained, "so I went the wrong way a couple of times but I ran the pro-style offense at Penn State, but getting used to the lingo is probably the hardest thing right now but I'm getting used to it."

"So far so good for day one," said head coach Lane Kiffin. "It's just day one install. But he did a good job, he went the wrong way a couple of times like you would expect today but in his preparation, you can see that he wants to be great."

Position Shuffle

Little surprise here, with the addition of Redd to the USC roster, freshman Nelson Agholor will return to play his natural position at receiver… not that he ever left.

Over summer workouts Agholor took his reps at receiver. However, Kiffin said Agholor would be put to work at running back during fall camp because of the depth issue prior to Redd's arrival.

"I think Nelson is probably as happy as anybody about Silas coming," explained Kiffin. "Nelson was going to have to play running back because he's a team guy. I know he really didn't want to, so this way he gets to go out and play receiver."

Senior linebacker Devon Kennard was roaming the sidelines of practice in a sling after having surgery to repair his torn pectoral muscle.

As the staff tries to settle on Kennard's replacement, they've shifted a few positions. Freshman Leonard Williams was moved inside to defensive tackle, while J.R. Tavai moved to defensive end.

"That's where we are starting," explained Kiffin. "We don't know where we'll end up, but we put Leonard inside at three technique and we put JR out at left end."

Redshirt freshman Charles Burks, listed on the roster as a as a defensive end, took reps as a fullback.

"That's where he is now," said Kiffin on moving Burks. "We'll look at him there and see what he can do at fullback and add some depth there because we don't have very much experience."

Academic Issues

Kiffin, usually reserved when it comes to talking about academic issues, let it be known Monday night that the Trojans may have a few areas of concern regarding eligibility.

Freshman Darreus Rogers tweeted before practice that he met with the coaching staff and that the count down is on for Rogers to join the team.

He was at practice Monday night, dressed in street clothes and accompanied by his father.

"Darreus Rogers has not been cleared by the NCAA yet," said Kiffin. He gave no timetable if and when Rogers will be cleared.

The Trojans are also waiting to hear how summer school went for redshirt junior linebacker Marquis Simmons and senior cornerback Isiah Wiley.

Quick Hits

Senior center Khaled Holmes suffered an injury but walked off the field without assistance Monday night. Abe Markowitz stepped in to replace Holmes.

Defensive ends Wes Horton and DeVante Wilson both were limited with cramps.

Senior safety Jawanza Starling and redshirt sophomore cornerback Anthony Brown both intercepted Barkley.

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