By now you surely know that star receiver Marqise Lee suffered a bone bruise during Friday afternoon's practice and is currently listed as day to day.
Kiffin spoke of Lee's injury after Saturday's double-day of practice.
He then spoke of the need to get Lee healthy to get him back on the practice field. When the 2012 Biletnikoff Award winner does return, Kiffin says he has no plans to protect him from contact or potential injury, "We moved [him] into some different positions, he's now missed time in this camp, so he's still got to get a lot of work," Kiffin said. "We have to make sure we're not relying on his athletic ability to take over and we're putting him in a lot of situations so he can continue to improve as a receiver as he goes into his third year here."
Lee was limited to about twenty plays during Thursday's scrimmage, according to Kiffin. He finished the day with four catches for 27 yards.
First team offensive line returns
Since missing three and a half of the first seven practices of fall camp, junior left tackle Aundrey Walker returned Saturday to participate in practices No. 8 & 9.
"Aundrey practiced today, did some things, so we'll go back and look at the film," is all Kiffin had to say of Walker's first day back.
After missing Friday's practice, right tackle Kevin Graf returned to Howard-Jones for both of Saturday's sessions. Sophomore Zach Banner, who played with the first team in Graf's absence, was back to the second team on Saturday.
Thinning out at tailback
Coming into the season, tailback looked like one of the deepest positions on USC's roster.
A week into camp, the Trojans -- once at six healthy backs -- are down to just two.
Freshmen Ty Isaac and Justin Davis did not practice Saturday, nor did D.J. Morgan. Tre Madden and Silas Redd are both practicing in yellow no-contact jerseys, unable to take hits, which leaves a bulk of the work for Buck Allen.
"Buck has probably been one of our most improved players throughout spring and early fall here," Kiffin said. "[He's] really has done a great job and he had a great spring and he's having a great fall and I think right now we'd feel really comfortable putting him in."
Allen broke for a huge run in one of the final plays of practice. He took a handoff from Wittek and broke a couple of tackles on his way to the end zone. Estimated it to be about a 60-yard play.
No development in the quarterback race
Literally, there is no development here.
Practice ended around 8:40 Saturday night. Kiffin and players were in a rush to get off the field. A USC sports information director tried to wrap up Kiffin's press conference at just the 4 minute 30 second mark, well short of the usual six and a half to seven minute mark.
The media didn't even have a chance to ask about the quarterback battle when Kiffin decided to ask the question – and answer it himself – ending the session on a laughing note.
"Quarterbacks?" Kiffin asked. "All three quarterbacks looked good today and took care of the ball," he answered.
Why, of course they did. Maybe someone will stand out tomorrow.
As you may recall following USC's 2012 season, freshman Junior Pomee was arrested in January and charged with five felony counts including burglary, grand theft and receiving stolen property.
On Friday all charges against Pomee were dismissed.
Despite the victory in court, USC head coach Lane Kiffin said Saturday that the tight end would not be returning to the USC football program, "We've already moved on and we wish him the best of luck," Kiffin said.
The Adoree Jackson tour stopped at USC for Saturday night's practice. The 2015 Gardena (Calif.) Serra defensive back / receiver was on Howard-Jones for the entire two hour 45 minute practice session. The five-star recruit spent the first 45 minutes standing on the sideline with freshman receiver Steven Mitchell, before Mitchell had to leave for rehab. Jackson then roamed the west sideline the rest of practice.
Quick Hits:The Trojans practiced in full pads Saturday night…Devon Flournoy did not practice…Dion Bailey wore a yellow no-contact jersey, Soma Vainuku, Leonard Williams, Ty Isaac, Silas Redd, and Justin Davis all left practice early with the rehab group. Jordan Simmons left practice sitting on a cart with his pads off. The Trojans are back to practice at 3:15 Sunday.