Uko, Kennard still setting pace for Trojans

August, 15, 2013
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As the Trojans prepare for the second scrimmage of fall camp Friday, the team got in a shorts-and-shoulder-pads practice session on Thursday under a hot sun, and Lane Kiffin said the defensive line continues to stand out.

[+] EnlargeDevon Kennard
Ric Tapia/Icon SMIDevon Kennard, along with linemate George Uko, continues to draw praise from Lane Kiffin.
“It was a good day for the defensive line, especially when you consider how many guys are banged up,” Kiffin said. “I thought George Uko and Devon Kennard played great, and that has been a theme throughout camp. Every day those two guys bring it. Every day, every drill, they bring a championship effort. I told the other guys on the team to watch them and how they work.”

Morgan Breslin and Leonard Williams sat out practice. Scott Starr and Jabari Ruffin alternated for Breslin, while J.R. Tavai stepped in for Williams.

Dion Bailey -- who suffered a hip injury on Tuesday -- was on crutches and did not take part in the Wednesday session, but Kiffin said he is day-to-day and the injury "looked worse than it is."

Marqise Lee continued to get more work, and he was very active when he was on the field. One particular good play was a catch over the middle from Max Wittek. According to Kiffin, Lee got banged up a little at the end of the day and was pulled out for the remainder of practice.

Nelson Agholor and Darreus Rogers also were back on the field. Both began the day in yellow jerseys but eventually took them off to take part in contact drills.

Speaking of receivers, former USC star Mike Williams was in attendance at practice.

There was a lot of Ty Isaac in action, which was good to see after Isaac had sat out in recent days.

Anthony Brown had a nice day at corner. He had a pass break-up early against Lee, then came back later to read a screen attempt to Agholor and break up the play. Kiffin said the scrimmage Friday will be big for the cornerback position, because things are not clear yet.

Of course, the scrimmage also will be huge for the quarterbacks.

"It will be good to get them in that setting," Kiffin said. "To be in the Coliseum, to see how they manage the offense, how they make the play calls, understand the wristbands, etc."

Among the highlight plays Thursday were a 25-yard touchdown pass from Cody Kessler to Xavier Grimble, while Wittek hit Agholor in the end zone after rolling left and lofting a nice pass. Kessler also hit De'Von Flournoy in stride for a nice gain on a post.

The Trojans will scrimmage at 2 p.m. PT at the Coliseum on Friday, although it is closed to the public.

Garry Paskwietz | email

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