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Lane Kiffin described the practice as "top notch preparation for a good day." There was a lot of energy and a lot of media on the sidelines waiting to see the 2012 version of the Trojans.
The RBs looked real sharp. Curtis McNeal reminded everyone that he is the returning starter for this team with several long runs, including a touchdown on the opening play of a run drill. D.J. Morgan followed that up right away with a touchdown run of his own. Silas Redd looked as advertised -- he ran real hard on one play to the left where he took on several would-be tacklers at the sideline. After the practice Redd said, "It felt great to be out here. This is my family now."
Robert Woods looked sharp in early individual drills and special teams work. There didn't seem to be any noticeable impact from his ankle but Kiffin held him out the remainder of practice just to be safe.
There was a lot of rotation on the defensive line, especially as the coaches search for a replacement at defensive end for the injured Devon Kennard. J.R. Tavai, who saw time at end during his freshman year, moved outside and took first team reps at end. George Uko was at DT and Antwaun Woods was at nose tackle. Wes Horton was at end until he left practice with cramps, Morgan Breslin took first team reps after that.
Jawanza Starling and Anthony Brown both had interceptions of Matt Barkley. The Starling pick came when Barkley tried to hit Marqise Lee in the seam, Starling read it well and made the juggling pickoff. Brown covered Victor Blackwell deep and made the nice play to come down with the ball.