USC Fall Camp Day 2 and 3 Notes

A couple of things from ESPN-LA and RipsIt.

Day #2

Three main stories out of the second day of fall camp Friday: Brice Butler is definitely out of Lane Kiffin's doghouse, Chris Galippo is using his mind more than his body and some Trojans are reminding Kiffin of years' past. Here's the rest of what went on at Howard Jones Field:

Kennard doing well at end

The offseason decision to move middle linebacker Devon Kennard back to his original position of defensive end has looked like a well-informed one so far. The junior has looked comfortable in his first snaps at the spot through the first two days of camp, although, with no pads, it's hard to take too much else away from his early performances.

Still, it's easy to tell Kennard grew up playing end and started at it when he got to USC in the summer of 2009. He can rush the passer out of a variety of stances, which could help Lane and Monte Kiffin orchestrate different things from the defensive line this season.

"Pass rushing is something I've been doing for a long time," Kennard said Friday. "But it has been a while, so I'm just getting used to it, fundamental-wise. I think the coaches are impressed with how fast I'm picking it up, because it's all stuff I've done in the past."

Day #3

  • The injury list is growing although nothing seems particularly serious. DT Christian Tupou was sidelined mid-session by an issue with his surgically repaired knee. Lane Kiffin does not know the severity of the problem, but he thinks it's typical soreness from three straight days.
  • OL Giovanni Di Poalo (shoulder), OL Cody Temple (back) and CB Torin Harris (concussion test) missed some or all of practice.
  • Freshman J.R. Tavai left with a hamstring injury. He is listed on the roster as a defensive tackle, but he's been working in with the linebacker group and wears a typical linebacker number (#58).

It is still early yet in a number of areas...

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