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Alert: USC's 'intense' first day in pads

True freshman safety Marvell Tell made an impact Monday picking off Max Browne.

Monday marked the first USC fall camp practice in pads. The Trojans practiced over the weekend in helmets only before putting shoulder pads on Monday. Head coach Steve Sarkisian said the intense of practice dipped a bit because when the pads go on more collisions occur and it can lead to fatigue, especially this early during camp.

While a few of the Trojan football players have been nicked and missed practice, this team is relatively healthy heading into the season. No major injuries occured during the summer conditioning workouts or player-run practices and so far no injuries on the practice field during fall camp.

Combine the health of the team with the NCAA sanctions ending and this is as big, strong and deep of a USC football team as we have seen in years.

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