Notes from USC Fall Camp: Day 1

During the first day of practice for USC's fall camp, two quarterbacks stood out as the top runners for the starting spot, while the race for the No. 3 WR spot looks to have been decided.

It was the first day of practice for USC's fall camp and from quarterbacks to cornerbacks, positions seemed to have settled as the front-runners made their mark on Saturday. Take a look at the notes here:

-Special teams were the first ones out for 2013 fall camp, including Alex Wood (PK), Andre Heidari (PK) and Zach Smith, (who will looks to be wearing No. 92), the long snapper walk-on from Menlo High School. Plus Kris Albarado (P) and Peter McBride (LS) also made it at 2:40pm.

-Josh Shaw lead the pack as the first defensive player on the field.

-Max Browne was the first QB from the potential starter pool to take the field. However, throughout all of practice, Max Wittek and Cody Kessler seemed to separate themselves, throwing to each other, working out with the 1s and 2s for most of practice while Browne was running drills with the 3s. In the end, looked like Kessler throwing with the 1s, Wittek throwing with the 2s and Browne throwing with the 3s.

-A new defensive drill was enforced today: every defensive player that stepped onto the field had to strip the ball away from practice dummies. The message seemed to carry through, as the defensive was on high alert and attempted to strip the ball on every play.

-Steven Mitchell was in attendance as well and on his own two feet this time, not his motorized scooter. Mitchell watched from the sidelines and left with the rehab group in the middle of practice.

-USC commit D.J. Calhoun was in attendance, along with his father who carried a large back of seemingly USC paraphernalia. Looks like the hit the bookstore on their trip to campus as well.

-JUCO DT Michael Wyche was also in attendance for Saturday's practice, sitting on the sidelines, watching the team he will join in 2014.

-Head Coach Lane Kiffin took the field a minute before practice was scheduled to kick off

-Cody Kessler was the first QB to take reps and switched on and off with Wittek before Browne took a snap. On Browne's second rep, he fumbled the snap and ran a lap as Kessler took over again.

-At running back, the order seemed to fall like so: Silas Redd, D.J. Morgan, Tre Madden and Justin Davis. Ty Isaac took reps later in practice, but it's looking like those are the top four RBs for the Trojans. Redd, who missed a large part of summer workouts, looked solid on Saturday, getting the handoff from Wittek and breaking through the D-Line easily.

-For field goals, Heidari took the majority of the reps, with a few by Wood—one of which missed wide to the left—and interestingly enough Kessler was HLD the entire practice, no rotations. He is listed as the starting HLD on the spring depth chart.

-And in punt returns, it was Marqise Lee at No. 1 followed by Nelson Agholor at No. 2.

-Hayes Pullard, who represented the Trojans at Pac-12 Media Day and whose name as also been thrown into contention for captain, led the warm-up (specifically the jumping jacks) at the start of practice, giving the team a pep talk as well.

-At CB, everyone looked to get a turn on Saturday, but it was seemingly narrowed down to Kevon Seymour, Anthony Brown, Torrin Harris and Devian Shelton, in that order.

-Freshman Su'a Cravens stepped up for his first fall camp and took reps with the 1s by the end of practice.

-During drills, Kessler threw a long ball to Lee, who made the catch, juked Harris, but fell down with what seemed to be a hamstring cramp. After trainers rubbed it out, Lee walked around and even jogged on it, but he didn't run any more routes for the rest of the day and snuck out early before interviews.

-With Lee out, Agholor was joined by Darreus Rogers, who performed well, making a few clutch catches—especially a long ball from Kessler. Although Victor Blackwell and De'Von Flournoy took reps from both Kessler and Wittek, it looks like Rogers will be taking the No. 3 WR spot.

-Walk on Chris Wilson had his first interception of fall camp during drills as he was picked off by Brown and forced to run a lap.

-Back to Heidari, he looked a little shaky when the team drilled on field goals again, as his limit looked to be 37-yards.

-During the 7on7s, Wittek threw his second interception of practice (the first intended for Agholor and picked off by Gerald Bowman during drills). Pullard made a great play picking off Wittek and No. 13 ran the customary lap after with Marcus Martin, who suffered a calf cramp during the lap and left practice early, limping.

-The walk-ons left at 5:00 p.m., about an hour before the end of practice.

-Freshman DT Kenny Bigelow seemed to have some neck problems, as he was sidelined with the trainers for most of practice having it looked at.

-During 11on11s, it was again Kessler, followed by Wittek, and then Browne taking the snaps. Dion Bailey, Cravens, Seymour and Brown were in the backfield against Kessler, while Bowman and Cravens (again) were in the backfield against Wittek. Marquis Simmons sacked Wittek during his second rep.

-The rehab crew, including Randall Telfer, Soma Vainuku, D.J Morgan, Silas Redd, George Farmer, Steven Mitchell and Xavier Grimble came back to the field to watch just a few minutes before practice ended at 6:00 p.m.

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