The intensity at USC fall camp practice increased on Monday when the Trojans put on shoulder pads and players and coach Lane Kiffin said it allowed the team to do a few more things.
“We did a lot of inside run stuff and line work,” Kiffin said. “It will be good for the coaches to get in later and evaluate the film from the day.”
The Trojans will put on full pads for the first time on Thursday when they scrimmage in the Coliseum.
The Monday practice was also an opportunity for the offense to come out and get a little revenge after the defense won the day on Sunday. Kiffin said a big point of emphasis for the offense today was to take care of the ball better and he thought they did that.
Ty Isaac was the standout on offense with a pair of good runs, the second run went for 25 yards and featured a smooth move by Isaac to get through the middle of the line. George Uko had a big play for the defense by getting into the backfield for a tackle for loss. Su’a Cravens picked up a fumble after Max Wittek was stripped and he ran it in for the short touchdown. Dion Bailey had a nice pass break-up on a pass intended for Wittek. Morgan Breslin added a tackle for loss late in the drill.
There were some good battles between receivers and defensive backs in red zone drills, first in some one-on-one situations and then in 7-on-7. In the one-on-ones, Josh Shaw broke up a pass to Nelson Agholor, Darreus Rogers used his big frame to shield Kevon Seymour for a touchdown and then Lee put a double move on Bailey to get a score. In the team portion, Demetrius Wright did a good job of physical coverage to prevent a completion to Lee at the goal line. Jalen Cope-Fitzpatrick had an interception, Wittek hit Rogers for a score and Devian Shelton made a real nice pass break-up on a fade to Victor Blackwell.