Fall Camp Day 16: Notes & Quick Hits

The Trojans returned to the outfield of USC's baseball diamond for Tuesday's practice. Day 16 saw a repeat of day 15, a welcome sight for USC head coach Lane Kiffin.

Two Straight

Tuesday's practice saw another strong display from the Trojan offense. Two days removed from a faulty performance in the Coliseum, quarterback Matt Barkley and company are showing it was only a fluke and they'll be ready for their season opener.

"I thought there was very good energy," said USC head coach Lane Kiffin following Tuesday's practice. "In all three phases of the game, especially on offense with the dynamic guys showing up again two days in a row. It's great to see."

Kiffin was also sure to point out that Barkley and receiver Robert Woods are hitting their stride.

"I think you probably noticed No. 7 (Matt Barkley) and No. 2's (Robert Woods) timing together," he said. "It seems to be on its way back."

Woods and Barkley's timing has been an ongoing issue throughout fall camp, with Woods being limited to one practice a day and being held out of certain contact drills.

The pair did not look in sync during neither the first scrimmage in the Coliseum, nor the second, but are now getting back to where they left off just a season ago.

Grimble Drops

If there is one position group that has managed to fly under the radar this fall, it's the tight ends.

Redshirt sophomore's Randall Telfer and Xavier Grimble quietly go about their business, workhorses who get their job done.

However, 16 days into camp and Grimble found himself hitting a bit of a wall.

"You get out of it," explained Kiffin of Grimbe's increasing number of dropped passes. "It's just like shooting a basketball. You go up and down."

"You have some streaks," said Kiffin. "Surprisingly he's kind of hit a cold one here over two days, which is unusual because he's a very natural catcher that has really good hands."

Though Grimble's drops come as a bit of a surprise, they are causing no real concern, at this point, for USC's head coach.

"Sometimes you can tell which guys are going to go through those more often," he said. "I wouldn't have guessed him. He'll be fine"

Quick Hits
Practice was held at an usual 2:15 on Tuesday to accommodate the dedication of the new John McKay Center. The new athletic facility Kiffin says has already had an impact on recruiting.

Right tackle Kevin Graf returned to full contact practice.

Cornerback Torin Harris did not participate.

Defensive end Greg Townsend did not participate.

Linebacker Lamar Dawson did not participate.

Cornerback Nickell Robey intercepted a Barkley pass intended for receiver George Farmer.

Coaches don't yell his name often, but on Tuesday freshman offensive tackle Max Tuerk had a false start. He took a lap for it.

Although summer school grades have been posted, there is no update on the status of Marquise Simmons and Isiah Wiley. There is also no update on the progress of Darreus Rogers and if the NCAA will clear him.

The McKay Center is not open to the public, but USC plans to give tours of the new facility some time in the future.

Schools starts for the Trojans on Monday, August 27th.

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