LOS ANGELES -- The USC Trojans conducted an evening practice at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum in a session that Lane Kiffin said was designed to give the players a chance to experience that environment before the season starts.
“It was good to be in the Coliseum under the lights,” Kiffin said. “We’ve practiced here during the day when it’s hot but this was the first time we got a chance to be here at night. It brings a little more energy for the second practice of the day.”
It was a shorts and shoulder pads session for the Trojans with no tackling and a lot of situational team drills designed to work on getting plays in and getting the right personnel groups on the field.
There were also some notable injury updates with the big key being that Marqise Lee was able to take part in the majority of the practice. Lee wore a yellow no-contact jersey but that didn’t stop him from making plays. Lee caught a sideline pass from Kessler on one play and showed a burst of speed to get past the corner and go for a 30-yard gain.
“Marqise needed a day like this,” Kiffin said. “It was good to have him out here doing as much as he did.”
At the running back spot, Silas Redd got in limited work but Justin Davis and Ty Isaac were able to increase their workload as both return from undisclosed injuries. Davis had a nice run where he popped through the line quickly and got into the secondary.
“That’s Justin being Justin,” Kiffin said. “Every time he’s out there it seems like he does something special. He hasn’t played a game yet but he couldn’t have done more in his time here so far.”
There was some shuffling on the offensive line, particularly after Marcus Martin left practice and was seen with ice on his left knee. With Cyrus Hobbi already out of action today, Abe Markowitz began the day with the second unit at center before moving to the first unit when Martin went out. Markowitz was taking reps with both units for a time but the coaches also looked at a combination of Max Tuerk at center, Aundrey Walker at left guard and John Martinez at right guard. Walker was with the first unit at right guard to begin the day.
Quinton Powell continues to flash at inside linebacker. He was lined up today with the second unit behind Lamar Dawson and he made an early impression by providing good coverage on Darreus Rogers and forcing Cody Kessler to throw the ball away.
Kevon Seymour also left practice after getting banged up and Devian Shelton moved into his spot with the first unit at corner. Shelton had a chance for a big play when he broke on a Kessler pass attempt to Nelson Agholor but he dropped the interception that would have been a pick six.