The Trojans held their second two-a-day practice session on Monday. USC head coach Lane Kiffin said the evening practice was the best yet of fall camp.
"I thought the guys really responded for a second practice of a day," Kiffin said Monday evening. "They came out with a really good mindset.
"Now we need to build on that and understand that's the standard we need to have in all of our practices."
Two more double-days are currently scheduled during the Trojans' fall camp.
Lee remains out
USC star receiver Marqise Lee suffered a bone bruise during Friday's practice on Howard Jones field. Lee remains sidelined three days -- and five practices -- later. The Trojans practiced on the outfield lawn of the baseball field on Monday, Lee was dressed in uniform for practice sans pads. However, he did not participate outside of coaching his teammates and providing encouragement.
Kiffin continued to emphasize the need to get Lee back on the practice field to continue to work on the "details of the game."
Lee has not been made available to the media since his injury.
Receivers step up in Lee's absence
With Lee sidelined, other receivers are getting an opportunity to put their game on display -- and every guy is stepping up.
Freshman Darreus Rogers has put on perhaps the most impressive display at the position during fall camp. "Darreus has done really good things every practice," Kiffin said. "I would think you guys have noticed too. He really has flashed."
Redshirt senior DeVon Flournoy missed a few practices but is making up for lost time with strong outings the last few workouts. "[He] put together two really good days," Kiffin said.
During 11on11 drills, quarterback Max Wittek found Flournoy -- who burned cornerback Ryan Henderson -- for a touchdown. Flournoy picked up about 30 yards after the catch. (Henderson later intercepted Cody Kessler during 7on7 drills).
Rounding out the available scholarship receivers Monday was Victor Blackwell, who also received praise from Kiffin for his efforts, "Victor did some really good things today," he said. Blackwell caught a touchdown pass from Wittek during goal line drills, wrapping up the two-a-day session.
Sophomore Nelson Agholor did not practice Monday. He worked out with the rehab group during warmups before leaving the field.
Only a couple healthy backs
It's a good thing for the Trojans that tailback was considered one of the deepest positions going into fall camp because at the rate the backs are falling off… well, they need every healthy body they can get.
Tre Madden and Buck Allen continue to get all of the reps carrying the ball. Freshmen Ty Issac and Justin Davis, redshirt junior D.J. Morgan, and senior Silas Redd remained sidelined nursing various injuries.
For the second straight day, Allen put on a performance that can't be ignored when the depth chart is released. "For a guy who really has never played here before, had been buried on the depth chart before and I think we've talked about it a number of times, "Kiffin said, "sometimes when change happens… guys get new chances, clean slates. I think Buck has really taken advantage of that on and off the field."
Allen took a handoff from Wittek and broke through the right side of the defensive line all the way to the end zone. Based off the yells from defensive line coach Ed Orgeron, Allen broke the ankles of outside linebacker Devon Kennard on the play.
Both Allen and Madden have displayed the ability to catch the ball throughout their time receiving majority reps.
Movement on the line
For the second consecutive day left tackle Aundrey Walker put in work at right guard. Walker made the move to the right side of the line Sunday in what Kiffin called an effort to build depth.