Fall Camp Day 12: Notes & Quick Hits

Day 12 saw the return of sophomore left tackle Aundrey Walker to full contact action along with a strong showing from the Trojan offense.

Full Contact, Ready to Go

It's been over a week since Aundrey Walker participated in any contact drills, but on Friday Walker put his shoulder pads back to use at left tackle.

"I'm good," he said following practice.

Walker suffered a subluxed right shoulder, a temporary partial dislocation of the joint, and a sprain in his AC joint, but says he is back to normal. During his time on the sidelines Walker also wore a guard on his right wrist to protect a hyperextended thumb.

"I'm back out there playing hard," Walker said. When asked if there was any lingering pain while playing Friday he said, "Here and there. But pain comes with the game of football. I've got to play through it."

"I thought Andre did some good things," said USC head coach Lane Kiffin following Walker's first full contact practice since day two of fall camp. "[He's] still not full speed after missing some time, but you can see flashes of why we're so excited about him. We just have to really push him. He's got to have a great two weeks here."

Despite missing an extended period of fall camp, Walker says the chemistry on the offensive line hasn't suffered, "The line as a unit, we have a lot of chemistry, a great group of guys and I'm looking forward to the season and playing with them."

Offense Wins Day Twelve

The Trojans offense was firing on all cylinders during the 15th practice of fall camp.

"After having some lighter practices we tried to push them today," Kiffin said following practice. "I thought the offense really responded. I thought especially the skilled guys, the quarterbacks played really well."

Receivers Robert Woods and Marqise Lee continue to be the standout players on an offense that boasts numerous weapons, despite the two being held to no-contact while wearing yellow jerseys.

"It's just a reminder that in drills when they go real fast that even though we're not tackling we don't hit those guys," Kiffin explained of Woods and Lee sporting the yellow. "Not because they're great players, because of issues that they have."

Both Woods and Lee made numerous receptions from quarterback Matt Barkley.

Receiver George Farmer also hit his stride today, playing at his highest level since spring ball.

"George did make two really good plays," Kiffin said. "He's starting to look better and he's just got to keep pushing himself."

During 11 on 11 drills, Barkley threw a pass intended for Farmer. Farmer jumped over cornerback Anthony Brown for the reception. It was one of the more spectacular plays of fall camp and it drew excitement from the staff and his teammates.

Double or Nothing

Those were the stakes when kicker Andre Heidari attempted a 50-yard field goal at the end of practice.

Make it, and the teams wakeup call would be pushed back an hour from 6 a.m. to 7 a.m. AND Friday evening meetings would be canceled.

Miss, and evening meetings would be held as regularly scheduled plus the morning wakeup call would once again come at 6 a.m, for the 13th straight day.

The sophomore kicker missed.

But the blame can't be placed on him.

You see, Heidari made a 45 yard field goal to move the morning wakeup call back an hour (the kick had enough distance to probably make it from 50 yards out).

Senior Curtis McNeal is the player who called for double or nothing.

"They didn't want him to be," Kiffin said when asked if McNeal was the player in charge, "but he just kind of, he was the ringleader, so I said Curtis that's why you have no money."

Double or nothing, the team leaves with nothing.

Quick Hits

Practice was once again held on Dedeaux Field as new grass is laid on Howard Jones Field.

The team wore shoulder pads and shorts for practice number 15.

Defensive end Greg Townsend did not practice with an undisclosed injury.

Cornerback Torin Harris did not practice with an undisclosed injury.

Linebacker Lamar Dawson did not practice with an undisclosed injury.

Defensive end Wes Horton did not practice with an undisclosed injury.

Defensive end Kevin Greene took reps with the first team defensive line in place of Horton.

Running back Curtis McNeal, linebacker Dion Bailey, cornerback Nickell Robey, and receivers Robert Woods and Marqise Lee all wore yellow no-contact jerseys Friday.

Right tackle Kevin Graf limped off the field moments after practice began and did not return. He appeared to be favoring his right ankle. Freshman Max Tuerk filled in at right tackle for Graf.

Defensive end J.R. Tavai returned to full contact practice Friday.

With linebacker Dion Bailey limited, Anthony Sarao and Tony Burnett took reps with the first team linebackers.

During 7 on 7 drills, linebacker Scott Starr had a near interception on a Max Wittek pass intended for tight end Randal Telfer.

During 11 on 11 drills, Barkley found Telfer for a long touchdown.

Walk-on freshman Ryan Dillard blocked a field goal, his second of fall camp, on special teams.

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