Springing back from spring break 

March, 13, 2012
LOS ANGELES -- Because of the long layoff after USC's final regular season game against UCLA, head coach Lane Kiffin wanted to begin spring practice early in order to get his players back on the field as quickly as possible. The early start also allowed for spring break to land immediately following the first week of practice. This week off likely comes at a good time for all players looking to clear their heads after the first full-pads practice and come back refreshed for the next four weeks. But for some players, the break comes at a perfect time to hopefully bounce back from a slow start or nagging injury.

Kiffin chalked up some of the injuries to skill players as the result of extra reps due to limited numbers, but missed time is missed time, and the longer they are out, the better their chances of falling behind.

1. Quarterback Jesse Scroggins -- It's already a heated battle for the backup quarterback spot, and rolling up and down the field as punishment for missing a team function isn't the best way to move forward in that race. Scroggins hasn't gone through a full practice yet, as he sat out the first one due to a hip injury, then the next two for disciplinary reasons. He has all the tools to throw himself in the mix to become the next quarterback at USC, and a week off to get things right mentally and physically could be huge for his progress.