Fall Camp Day Ten: Notes & Quick Hits

The Trojans continued fall camp today on Dedeaux Field, holding practices 11 and 12. USC head coach Lane Kiffin delivered season-ending news following practice.

Season Over for Wilson

Luck couldn't get any worse for freshman defensive end DeVante Wilson.

USC head coach Lane Kiffin announced Wilson's freshman season is over, following the Trojans' Wednesday afternoon practice.

Wilson tore his left ACL during non-live drills on Tuesday.

This comes on the heels of recovering from surgery to repair the ACL in his right knee, which he tore last summer.

"DeVante actually had two good practices in a row after being out for a long time," Kiffin said.

Wilson will have surgery to repair the ACL some time in the next two weeks. He will redshirt this season.

The loss of Wilson only continues to heighten the concern around the defensive line, a unit that suffered its first major setback when senior defensive end Devon Kennard tore a pectoral muscle just before the start of camp, most likely ending his season.

Video Games Aren't Reality

We've all played them.

Now, how many of us have ever used our backups as part of our winning game plan?


No one? That's not surprising...

That's why video games aren't reality. Hardly anyone ever ventures away from their starting lineup. Rarely, if ever, do players go down with injuries.

That's why Kiffin is making sure his players understand that just because they can win Madden with 11 guys, it doesn't mean they can win a single game this season with only their starters.

The Trojans might have the starting personnel to win a national championship multiple times over again.

But right now, they don't have the backups.

"We told [the team] it's not a video game," Kiffin said. "It's not 11 players who can play every snap. You've got to have some other guys ready to go."

"I think they understand we're not going anywhere if we don't get these backups ready."

Safety T.J. McDonald and cornerback Nickell Robey are often seen lending tips to Florida transfer Josh Shaw on the sidelines.

Running backs D.J. Morgan and Buck Allen are seeing an increased amount of reps. Allen even broke for a long touchdown run during 11 on 11 drills on Wednesday.

Receiver Victor Blackwell made a handful of receptions, standing out for the first time of fall camp.

Most importantly for the Trojans to note, unlike video games, there is no "restart" button if games start to go astray.

There can only be a backup plan.

Quick Hits

Running back Curtis McNeal did not participate in morning of afternoon practice.

Linebacker Lamar Dawson did not practice. He is no longer wearing a boot.

Defensive end Greg Townsend did not practice, boot on his right leg.

Defensive end Wes Horton did not participate in morning or afternoon practices.

Tight end Junior Pomee did not practice this afternoon.

Cornerback Torin Harris did not participate in morning or afternoon practice.

Linebacker Hayes Pullard was limited to individual drills.

Cornerback Nickell Robey, linebacker Dion Bailey, receivers Marqise Lee and Robert Woods wore yellow no-contact jerseys for the afternoon practice.

Left tackle Aundrey Walker participated more in the morning practice than he has since injuring what appears to either be his right arm or wrist.

Tight end Xavier Grimble caught a deep pass during 11 on 11 drills from Matt Barkley

Fullback Soma Vainuku broke for a long gain during 11 on 11.

Safety T.J. McDonald intercepted Barkley.

Receiver Robert Woods went up for a spectacular one handed grab between two defenders.

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