Fall Camp Day Seven: Notes & Quick Hits

The Trojans wrapped up week one of fall camp Sunday afternoon on Howard Jones Field. They closed out the week with the most competitive drill of camp.

Townsend Down

Just when you thought the defensive line couldn't get much thinner, it does.

During 11 on 11 drills the first half of practice, defensive end Greg Townsend went down at the line of scrimmage.

Trainers came out and were looking at what appeared to be his right ankle. He made it off the field with the assistance of trainers but did not put any pressure on his ankle and he did not return to practice.

USC head coach Lane Kiffin will not discuss injuries this season.

No Number Two, Yet

The race for backup quarterback will continue throughout camp. Kiffin says he feels good about both Cody Kessler and Max Wittek.

"[I] really feel that both could go in and play and we would not have to change our offense," Kiffin said. "I think Clay has done a great job with those guys, having Matt here has been perfect for them to learn from Matt and see how Matt prepares. So I think, I know, we'd be real comfortable with either of them."

After studying film from Friday's scrimmage, Kiffin determined both Kessler and Wittek handled the huddle well.

The next scrimmage should be more of a deciding factor in who gets the nod at backup quarterback when they implement their entire offense.

The offense was mainly held to running the ball at their first scrimmage due to a lack of experience on the offensive line as well as practice limitations placed on receivers.

Day Two for Tuerk at Left Tackle

Freshman offensive lineman Max Tuerk spent his second straight day getting reps at left tackle, with Aundrey Walker still sidelined with an undisclosed injury.

"I think he's doing great," said Kiffin. "Obviously that's a long, long ways to go there, but I think he's going to be a really good player wherever he ends up."

Now a week into fall camp, sophomore left tackle Aundrey Walker has only participated in one and a half practices before being sidelined with an injury. With no timetable set for his return, speculation continues to mount around the possibility of having to seriously prepare a new left tackle.

When asked if Max Tuerk could potentially start, Kiffin was only able to shrug and say, "I mean if he has to, he has to. That's a hard question kind of, I mean if he has to start he has to start, we'll get him ready."

As of today, Right tackle Kevin Graf is not an option to move to the left side. Kiffin has no desire to make a "double switch" on the line.

Nathan Guertler has also taken reps at the left tackle position.

Scuffle at the Goal Line

It's only a matter of time before some sort of scuffle breaks out at training camp, right? Today was the day on Howard Jones Field.

During 11 on 11 short yardage goal line drills the tension and competitiveness of the team began to rise to heights unseen thus far at training camp.

The first team offense was unable to cross the goal line. The second team didn't make it either.

Frustration from the offense coupled with cheers of jubilation from the defense resulted in a pile of players on the 20 yard line.

Included in the shouting and shoving match were receiver Marqise Lee and tailback Curtis McNeal, amongst many, many others.

"It just doesn't make a whole lot of sense," said Kiffin of the ordeal that broke out. "I understand it's competitive, I understand they get frustrated, but it just doesn't make a whole lot of sense, you know. We're on the same team. So that was the first time we've had it this camp, so we discussed it and hopefully that will be the last time."

The goal line drill was no doubt the most competitive and enthusiastic drill of fall camp so far.

Quick Hits

Left tackle Aundrey Walker did not participate for the fifth straight day. He did not wear a wrist guard on his right wrist. During warm-ups he looked as though he was favoring his right shoulder.

Receiver George Farmer returned to practice. During one-on-one drills, he had to not only worry about avoiding cornerback Kevon Seymour but also a "Gator" as one of the Gator Trucks cut a corner onto the practice field, nearly causing Farmer and Seymour to run into it as they were going up for a jump ball in the end zone. Disaster barely averted.

Safety Josh Shaw continues to get reps at cornerback.

Cornerback Torin Harris did not practice.

Redshirt freshman linebacker Anthony Sarao got reps in with the first string linebackers today.

Tight end Xavier Grimble had a few solid catches during 11 on 11 drills early in practice.

Fullback Soma Vainuku got in some carries for short yards during 11 on 11 drills.

Cornerback Nickell Robey went up in the end zone to grab an interception, Barkley intended for Lee.

Defensive tackle George Uko took down McNeal in the backfield during 11 on 11 short yardage goal line drills at the end of practice.

Defensive ends Wes Horton, Morgan Breslin, and Leonard Williams all recorded a sack during 11 on 11 drills.

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