Tuesday Practice Report

It was a bad day to be a quarterback, receiver or anyone else lined up against the USC defensive backs. The secondary dominated in every way imaginable Tuesday. Even when running back Allen Bradford found some daylight on a wheel route, Shareece Wright responded by popping him.

Secondary shows off

It was a bad day to be a quarterback, receiver or anyone else lined up against the USC defensive backs.

The secondary dominated in every way imaginable Tuesday. Even when running back Allen Bradford found some daylight on a wheel route, Shareece Wright responded by popping him.

Wright claimed he laid up on the hit. "I could have killed him though," he said.


Torin Harris had an interception and a big hit on Tuesday.
That was just one of the highlight reel plays. Byron Moore intercepted a Matt Barkley deep ball after a sprawling Ronald Johnson tipped it back up in the air. Torin Harris laid out freshman Kyle Prater as he went across the middle for a catch. Wright ended practice with a pick-six.

With complete turnover from last season, the only player who seems to have a job locked up is Wright, leaving plenty of competition for the other three spots.

That freshman Patrick Hall participated in 1-on-1 and 7-on-7 drills, his first live action of spring practices, should only add to the intensity.

For Hall, who tore his right ACL in fall camp while waiting on the NCAA Clearinghouse, it represents a small but significant step on his way back.

"I couldn't really go 100 percent," he said. "I was kind of hesitant, made a few plays but have got things to work on."

Though he likely won't be fully cleared until the summer, Hall worked as a corner and was tested early on.

"My first rep out there, I got an interception. And on the second, I got beat deep, third play broke up a pass.

"Mentally, I'm there. I just have to get there physically," Hall said.

Prater's presence

Operating at 75 to 85 percent on a bad hamstring, Prater did post one of the day's better offensive plays, breaking away on a quick slant for a big gain reminiscent of Mike Williams and Dwayne Jarrett.

"He pushed himself out here, had his best day today that he's had and got a little more physical," USC coach Lane Kiffin said.

Using the spring to get "used to the speed and tempo of the game," as Prater put it, the lanky 6-foot-5 wideout is getting a leg up at a position with plenty of uncertainty, with two more touted freshmen are on the way.

"If I didn't feel like I could contribute, I wouldn't be here right now," Prater said.

With Prater and Dillon Baxter already enrolled, Kiffin hopes to have other recruits do the same.

"The opportunity when guys come in early – 15 practices, all the meeting time, all the offseason training when they are supposed to be a senior in high school going on spring break - is a huge benefit. It's something that we'll continue to try to get more guys to do as we evaluate them early," he said.

Hot Reads

-Offensive guard Zack Heberer (ankle), H-back David Ausberry (ankle), defensive tackle Hebron Fangupo (ankle) and defensive back Marshall Jones (neck) missed practice, with Jones in a neck brace and Heberer in a walking boot.

-Linebacker Jordan Campbell participated in team drills for the first time this spring after being limited to conditioning work last week.

"He went through a lot of expectations, above and beyond what other guys were doing, to get the chance to come back," Kiffin said. "He's on a zero tolerance policy, so he has to do everything right."

-Kiffin was upset with the effort in practice, bringing the team together to voice his displeasure.

"This was probably our least intense practice early on, first time our guys practice after two days off and they didn't come out in the right frame of mind, so we kind of restarted practice at one point," he said.

"If you're going to be a championship team, you play with championship effort every day in practice regardless. You don't choose when to go"

-Kiffin again heaped praise on the defensive line.

"We got a good defensive line," he said. "I know that much. That's all I know right now but that's a good place to start."


Freshman wide receiver Kyle Prater is getting adjusted to the college game.


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