- Garry Paskwietz, Publisher, WeAreSC.com
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The Trojans held practice on Saturday night but the big news came after drills were wrapped up when coach Lane Kiffin gave an update on injured wide receiver Marqise Lee.
“Marqise has a bone bruise,” Kiffin said. “He’s day-to-day and we expect him back soon. It was definitely great news to hear.”
Kiffin did not specify which bone had been bruised, but the news is certainly met with a sigh of relief from USC fans. Lee had been forced to leave practice early Friday night after coming down on his shoulder after a catch. Lee watched the Saturday evening practice dressed in his uniform with no pads and he spent a lot of time with top USC recruit Adoree’ Jackson from Gardena (Calif.) Serra, who was in attendance and following the wide receiver group.
As for the rest of the Saturday evening session, Kiffin said the Trojans were able to get in a lot of work in the first two-a-day session of fall camp, as the team had also held a Saturday morning session. There was a lot of situational work, including drills for four-minute and two-minute scenarios.
The biggest highlight play of the evening came toward the end of the day with the offense backed up deep in its own end. Buck Allen took a handoff around the left side and sprinted by the defense for a long touchdown run. This came two days after Allen was the workhorse in the Coliseum scrimmage. His solid play has been noticed by Kiffin.
“Buck has been one of the most improved players on our team through spring ball and the early part of fall camp,” Kiffin said. “We would feel very comfortable putting him out there right now in game situations.”
Left tackle Aundrey Walker also was in full pads after missing multiple practices this week. Walker took part in early noncontact drills before heading to the sidelines. Chad Wheeler took first-team reps at left tackle the rest of the day.
Right guard Jordan Simmons left practice early with an undisclosed injury issue.
Tre Madden got a lot of work at tailback, including a nice, 20-yard touchdown run. He turned the left corner with a burst to get into the end zone.
“Tre isn’t doing full contact yet but he looks real fast for a guy his size,” Kiffin said. “The only guy we’ve had similar to him would have been Allen Bradford.”
Among the other highlight plays were a sack by Kenny Bigelow, a 25-yard touchdown pass from Max Wittek to Xavier Grimble and an interception on the final play of the day by Leon McQuay, after a Wittek pass had been tipped in the air.
Kiffin also announced after practice that tight end Junior Pomee would not be returning to the team. Pomee was moved out of the program in the offseason after some legal troubles. The charges were recently dropped, and there was a question posed to Kiffin about Pomee’s potential return.