With as much shuffling that's taken place at a number of positions in the six days of fall camp, it's not easy to tell who exactly falls into the second and third string categories, however USC head coach Lane Kiffin said whoever they are - they've got their work cut out for them.
"We've got a ton of work to do with our second string and third string guys," Kiffin explained following Saturday's afternoon session. "They are a long, long ways away from being able to play and that's why we're in training camp."
Right now the main area of concern remains the defensive line, but cornerback and left tackle, with the ongoing absence of Aundrey Walker, aren't far behind.
"I don't think that outside of maybe our backup running back, whichever one that is, I don't think we're real comfortable with hardly any spots," Kiffin said. "I would say running back, quarterback and safety - outside of that, we've got a lot of work to do."
Hayes on the Move
Linebacker Lamar Dawson has been noticeably absent from fall camp, presumably with an injury.
Kiffin's middle linebacker backup plan is starting to take shape as weakside linebacker Hayes Pullard is getting some reps at middle linebacker.
"I thought Hayes looked really good," Kiffin said after Saturday's practice. "I think that's a great deal for him to go in there, sort of if we need it in a game we don't have to try to figure it out during the game or on a Friday or something like that."
Speaking of linebackers, the friendly competitive nature of Pullard and Dion Bailey has been on display throughout fall camp.
Even though the aren't in direct competition for positions, it's clear they both want to be the best in the group.
"They are best friends, so it is very healthy," Kiffin explained. "They sit next to each other in the meetings, it's a neat pair. They are always challenging each other, they don't talk about it, they just do it."
Shaw Fitting Right In
"We had to move Josh to corner," Kiffin explained, "Which is, we didn't really want to do that, that was just based on numbers."
Though the plan is not to have Shaw at corner, his willingness to fill in where needed hasn't been lost on Kiffin.
"I thought Josh tackled really well, great effort, great kid," Kififn said. "Much like Silas, you know, very similar kids, that's why they've been accepted in here. So hopefully we'll be able to get him back at safety, I think he would be really good on special teams for us as well."
Left tackle Aundrey Walker did not participate in football drills for the fourth straight day, still wearing a wrist guard on his right wrist.
After a experiencing a "stinger" in Friday's scrimmage, tailback Curtis McNeal was back to action Saturday.
Cornerback Torin Harris who also went down in Friday's scrimmage saw action Saturday.
Receiver George Farmer did not participate Saturday.
Receiver Robert Woods took a few reps during warmups, but had the afternoon off. He is only participating in one practice a day.
Saturday marked the first "two-a-days" practice of fall camp, players dressed in shoulder pads but did not tackle.