-Marqise Lee was not out on the field this morning, but according to USC Athletics, head coach Lane Kiffin will give a report on his status after this evening's practice. Darreus Rogers, Kiffin called the Trojans No. 3 receiver, joined Nelson Agholor, taking the majority of the reps at wide receiver.
-Offensive lineman Aundrey Walker was back at practice Saturday morning and was taking reps at left tackle. Walker split time with Chad Wheeler at left tackle—they rotated about every four plays—during team drills. Kiffin said Friday after practice that he believes Wheeler will have a shot at the starting spot there, so it will be interesting to see what Kiffin has to say after watching both of them on film after Saturday night's practice.
-Freshman safety Su'a Cravens was also back at practice and ran through warm-ups and drills, however the defensive back didn't take reps during team drills.
-Redshirt senior De'Von Flournoy was at practice again—he made an appearance on Friday—but was not working out. Instead, he helped run drills with Steven Mitchell and watched team activities from the sidelines.
-Practice was a little bit shorter and flipped on it's head. The team had a condensed conditioning session and ran team drills first, and ended with special teams. Right before team drills, the receivers challenged the defensive backs to a one-on-one competition, with Cody Kessler, Max Wittek and Max Browne at quarterback. The defense won 4-0 as the horn blew, and the offense was forced to do push-ups.
-The defense's victory during the impromptu challenge definitely foreshadowed the team run. In the first four series, there were two fumbles, an interception and a pass. Kessler kicked things off with a bad snap from Marcus Martin, a fumble and then a lap for the entire offense. Wittek stepped up next with a pass to Agholor that he then fumbled due to coverage by Kevon Seymour. Again, another lap. Kessler back up with another pass to Agholor, which was knocked out by Ryan Henderson and grabbed in the air by Quinton Powell for an interception. Yet another lap. Wittek finished off the fourth series, sacked by Antwaun Woods, although no laps were run for that.
-More notes from the team drills: Leonard Williams watched from the sidelines—he was looked at by trainers on Friday for what looked like a right arm issue—and J.R. Tavai took his spot during Saturday morning's workout. Soma Vainuku also took reps during team drills and was not wearing a yellow no-contact jersey like he had previously during camp. Ty Isaac, Justin Davis and D.J. Morgan were all out on the field running through drills but did not get any looks during team workouts. Silas Redd did get reps during team drills and was not wearing a yellow no-contact jersey. Tre Madden also run the majority of the plays, although he was in a yellow no-contact jersey. Finally, Devian Shelton was on the field but did not practice, as he watched from the sidelines with a trainer.
-Ending with special teams, two things of note here. First, Andre Heidari did not take any reps at all during practice. Instead, Alex Wood got all the looks with Wittek as the holder. Second thing of note, three blocked kicks on Wood, two of which came from Banner.
There's still more day eight practice for the Trojans, so stay tuned for more notes and updates following USC's afternoon session.