It's certainly been an interesting month for Dillon Baxter. He set the Internet on fire with his scrimmage touchdown run, saw time in the Wildcat and missed a handful of practices with a sprained knee.
"We're getting to the end of spring ball. I'm finally getting all these plays down, so the whole game is starting to slow down for me a little bit more," he said.
But it's the physicality that caught the freshman by surprise, the beating that comes from playing against grown men.
"That's pretty much the craziest thing. It feels like a car accident every time I get hit. It's a big deal," Baxter said.
With Kiffin set to reveal a depth chart for the first time Friday, Baxter is interested to see how the running back spot shakes out behind Allen Bradford.
"Probably AB will be the starter. I don't know about the backups. We've all been mixing it up. I can't wait to see it," he said.
Campbell's status unclear
USC linebacker Jordan Campbell did not practice Tuesday and his status with the program is in doubt after an unspecified incident.
Campbell was not arrested, Coach Lane Kiffin said, but the first-year coach did not provide further details.
"Something came up and so we have to make sure we have the accurate information,"Kiffin said.
The redshirt junior was reinstated on April 6, exactly three weeks ago, under a zero tolerance policy. Campbell was held out of team activities, including the first week of spring practices, reportedly for missing classes and tutoring sessions.
"He has a side of it. We'll get all the information and make a decision, but because of the position he was already in, we're not going to let him continue on," Kiffin said.
With depth at issue at both outside linebacker positions, it was hoped Campbell could prove an option behind incumbents Malcolm Smith and Michael Morgan.
Wide receiver Ronald Johnson was supposed to be shut down for the spring with a hyperextended right elbow and balky left wrist, but there he was, working with special teams coordinator John Baxter as a punt returner.
"I can practice right now. I can go hard," Johnson said. "Maybe I just need a break right now, I guess."
Unlikely to play Saturday in the USC spring game because of his elbow, which was covered by a large brace, it is now unclear whether Johnson needs surgery to clean out his wrist.
-Chris Galippo worked at strongside linebacker for between 15 and 20 plays Tuesday.
-Defensive end Nick Perry suffered a left knee injury during practice and will undergo further evaluation.
-Tight end Blake Ayles was held out with a concussion, his second of the spring. Ayles is not expected to return this week.
-Running back Marc Tyler (sprained toe) said he expects to be available for the spring game Saturday.
-Cornerback Brian Baucham said he will be cleared to start running Saturday. Baucham is expected to compete with T.J. Bryant and Torin Harris in the fall for the job opposite Shareece Wright.
-Wide receiver Travon Patterson came up limping during special teams period, but returned to make several catches later in practice.
-Quarterback James Boyd made two outstanding throws during 7-on-7s.
-The Trojans closed practice with two-minute drills, but neither Matt Barkley not Mitch Mustain led scoring drives.
-USC will not be in pads Thursday, but will still practice in full.
"It won't be a Friday before a game type situation," Kiffin said.
Chris Galippo worked at SAM linebacker on Tuesday.
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