After sitting out a full week of fall camp, left tackle Aundrey Walker was back to action Thursday.
It was the first time since August 7th the sophomore participated in any contact drills.
"Aundrey did everything today," USC head coach Lane Kiffin said. "We'll continue to push him and see."
Walker has been wearing a brace on his right wrist since leaving practice early on the second day of fall camp with an undisclosed injury.
Over the last few days, Walker participated in team warm ups and individual drills but did not take part in any contact drills.
"It wasn't a physical practice," Kiffin explained when asked about Walker's performance on Thursday. "Mentally, he's been into it. He's done a really good job, preparing, coming in early. He's very focused. You see that by what he did to his body. He's serious about being really good."
Walker made it through the Trojans' entire practice, playing every snap with the first team offensive line.
Kiffin said he doesn't know if Walker will participate in full contact practice during the team's next practice in pads.
"I don't know," he said. "That's one of those things. We're just going to push him."
Robey and the Revolving Door
There's little doubt junior Nickell Robey is the Trojans' number one cornerback, but little doubt still leaves room for a small sliver in Kiffin's mind.
"I don't think it would have been that way if Torin [Harris] wouldn't have gotten hurt," he said when asked about the revolving door opposite of Robey. "Torin arguably was playing as well or better than Nickell at that time. That's early in Nickell's sophomore year. Nickell really came on as we got into Cal, especially Notre Dame, and then after that."
"Torin was playing really, really well and is longer than Nickell and has an NFL-type body and skills."
However, Harris has been unable to maintain a presence defending on the opposite side of the field as Robey this fall due to an undisclosed injury.
During the Trojans' first scrimmage of the fall, Harris went down defending a deep pass intended for tight end Xavier Grimble.
Since the scrimmage last Friday, Harris has not participated in fall camp.
If This Isn't 100%....
…It could be absolutely terrifying (instead of just terrifying) for opposing defenses what is.
On Wednesday All-American receiver Robert Woods climbed the ladder to make a circus-like one handed grab between two defenders.
Thursday, he continued with another strong performance at afternoon practice.
However, Kiffin says Woods is still not back to full speed.
"He's still in the same format," Kiffin explained. "He's still on one a day. When we have the two-a-days, he sits out the morning usually."
But it's not for a lack of trying to get back in the game. Kiffin noted Woods tries to insert himself in two-a-days when he's "not supposed to be in there."
"That's that mindset that, however many there are, six or seven great ones have," Kiffin said of Woods mentality to always be on the field competing.
Woods did not wear the yellow no-contact jersey Thursday that he wore during practice Wednesday.
Practice returned to Dedeaux Field. New grass is being laid on Howard Jones after a rough first week on the practice field.
Defensive end Wes Horton did not participate.
Defensive end J.R. Tavai did not participate.
Defensive end Greg Townsend did not participate.
Receiver Nelson Agholor did not participate.
Linebacker Lamar Dawson did not participate.
Cornerback Torin Harris did not participate.
Cornerback Nickell Robey wore a yellow no-contact jersey.
Left tackle Aundrey Walker returned to contact drills since leaving with an undisclosed injury the second day of camp.