Wide receiver notebook: Day nineteen of camp

The final practice of Fall Camp ended on a bit of a worrisome note, as Marqise Lee looked to have reinjured his right shoulder again. With Lee potentially limited, here are some notes from Darreus Rogers and Nelson Agholor from Day nineteen of Fall Camp.

Stepping in for Lee?

The final practice of USC Fall Camp brought a bit of a scare at the Coliseum, as Marqise Lee fell again on his right shoulder. Lee left the field and was attended by trainers as they removed his pads and iced the injury. Lee first bruised his shoulder during the first week of camp and has been limited since.

With Lee possibly out against Hawaii, it looks like the No. 2 and 3 receivers--Nelson Agholor and Darreus Rogers--might have to step in. Luckily, both receivers say they are always ready to do so.

"I'm alwasy ready to step up," said Rogers. "Anything can happen, so I just have to keep working hard and push myself."

"I'm always ready to play my role," said Agholor. "Marqise is going to do Marqise, and Nelson' going to have to do what he has to do for this team."

Agholor lead in receiving on Wednesday with 9 receptions for 250 yards. Most importantly, Agholor had all three touch downs for the day. Before going down, Lee had 8 grabs for 107 yards. As for Rogers, he only had one completion for 4 yards.

While I think Agholor and Rogers will be the go-to wide receivers if Lee is to be limited against Hawaii, I can also see the Trojans adjusting their offense so Jahleel Pinner and Xavier Grimble get more looks. Grimble seems to be healthier now, as he had 35 yards for the day, and Pinner should win the starting fullback spot as he had 34 yards on the day.

Receiever's take on the QB race

Fall Camp is over and USC still doesn't have a starting quarterback. However, both Agholor and Rogers seem okay playing with both Max Wittek and Cody Kessler for the time being.

"Both quarterbacks are doing a great job," said Agholor. "Like I said in the beginning of camp, we're in a wonderful position where we have two great quarterbacks ready to step up and make plays for this team. My job is just to catch the ball and run good routes."

"It's crazy. It's all equal," said Rogers. "I can't even tell me who's throwing me the ball sometimes. It's going to be a hard decision, I'm happy I don't have to make that decision, all I got to do is play wide receiver."

Although Head Coach Lane Kiffin will most likely announce a solo starting quarterback soon, he still hasn't ruled out the possibility of using two QBs. And Rogers says he sees both quarterbacks getting playing time this season."

"I'm pretty sure they're both going to be playing a lot this year," said Rogers. "They both have things that they can bring to the team."

Freshman still fine-tuning his game

Although Rogers is the No. 3 receiver for the Trojans, the freshman still have a few kinks in his game he wants to work out.

"I still have a long way to go," said Rogers. "Camp is not even enough time for me. You only got a certain amount of time, so I got to do what I got to do."

Specifically, Rogers hopes to, "know the playbook like the back of my hand, know more than one position, just come out here and play faster."

And according to Rogers, Agholor has been the one helping him to perfect as technique, acting like a "big brother."

"I feel like I've been playing with Nelson all my life. He's helping me, being a big brother, telling me what to do," said Rogers. "He makes sure I know what I'm doing in the huddle, telling me, ‘I got this, I got that.'"

Kick off against Hawaii is just eight days away, so stay tuned on more wide receiver updates from the first few days of fall practice before the Trojans take off for the Aloha State.

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