Quoting Kiffin: Thursday Practice

USC head coach Lane Kiffin has been impressed with the play of wide receiver Ronald Johnson, calling the senior the MVP of the first two practices. Look inside to get Kiffin's thoughts on Allen Braford, Michael Reardon's injury and much more.

Lane Kiffin on Thursday's practice:

"I thought guys had pretty good energy again. I think there was a lot of assignment issues for day two, so as we continue to load them up, their plate gets bigger and bigger. Our guys really have to focus before they get out here to practice, and do a great job in the meetings and during preparation. I thought the energy was good. I thought the defense probably dominated the day for the most part. Ronald Johnson probably would be the MVP of two days. He seems to be a dynamic player right now so we need to continue to find more ways to get him the ball."

Lane Kiffin on Michael Reardon's injury:

"He actually was over the weekend, I guess ATV car racing or something like that, and the vehicle that he was in rolled over and he injured his neck. He could be out for a while…He understands our disappointment in him and his decision. It's something that hopefully our other guys learned from."

Lane Kiffin on USC tailback Allen Bradford:

"I think we have a great prospect in Allen Bradford. The guy is 236-237 pounds and runs as well as anybody on our team. If we can get him to make somebody miss, if we can get him to pass pro and be consistent, we might have something pretty special."

Lane Kiffin on the return of Marc Tyler:

"I thought he was very serious about playing. He hadn't played a whole lot here. He's a big time recruit that's sat on the bench for a lot of time and a lot of reps. I think he's excited to be thrown in the mix and I think he has something to prove."

Lane Kiffin on Matt Barkley's slimmed down frame:

"The big emphasis when we got here with Matt (Barkley) was his diet and his training. Matt was heavy when he got in here a year ago and he played heavy last year. We want to change his body structure and his body fat, and I think it's obvious we have done that. What made Mark Sanchez so special was Mark had such great feet, and that was because he could move around so well and get out of trouble. It's been a really good offseason for (Matt)."


USC head coach Lane Kiffin with linebacker Mike Morgan.


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