USC Trojans: Curtis Conway

The Trojans hit Brian Kennedy-Howard Jones Field one last time on Thursday before they take part in the team’s spring game on Saturday in the Coliseum. Donning shorts and helmets, the practice was the least physical of the last four and a half weeks -- a fact not surprising considering a total of 20 players have been ruled out for Saturday’s contest including Randall Telfer, Antwaun Woods, De’Von Flournoy and Jabari Ruffin -- all suffering injuries within the last week.

“There are some good parts about it,” said Kiffin in looking at the pros and cons of the physical way the team has practiced this spring. “I think that our guys that are still healthy are playing more physical than they were at the end of last year, and our front seven on defense is better because of it. But at the same time, obviously, we have a lot of players out.”

Jalen Cope-Fitzgerald
Courtesy of Erik McKinney, WeAreSC.comJalen Cope-Fitzpatrick will be the Trojans' only tight end in Saturday's spring game.
With Woods sidelined, it was Cody Temple who saw action with the first unit at nose tackle when the defense went to its base 5-2 look, but it’s the injury suffered by Telfer that will make perhaps the biggest impact in regards to Saturday’s game. Suffering a torn meniscus in his knee during Tuesday’s workout, he underwent surgery on Thursday and figures to be back in action in 4-6 weeks. But with Xavier Grimble already out with a chest fracture, the USC offense will have just one tight end at its disposal for the scrimmage in Jalen Cope-Fitzpatrick.

“It’s been kind of the theme of the spring -- very physical -- as we come down to one practice left here,” Kiffin said. “I think you’ll still see the stars out there making plays. We’re just going to have to be creative because we’re not going to be able to go at the same speed in between series, and obviously we can’t have two teams with only one tight end, and all of our formations use a tight end, so we’ll figure it out -- probably just a little more time in between [each] series.”

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Roundtable: Marqise Lee's place in history 

December, 6, 2012
Marqise Lee is the favorite for the Biletnikoff Award on Thursday night. Where does Lee rank in the discussion for the greatest USC receiver of all time?

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Kirby Lee/US PresswireWhere does Biletnikoff Award favorite Marqise Lee rank all time among USC wide receivers?
Garry Paskwietz
I feel comfortable in saying that Lee is the most dynamic receiver I’ve seen play at USC. The way he has developed his game this year as an attacking weapon with the ball in his hands was one of the most impressive things I’ve seen. I can’t imagine there is a better receiver in college football right now. With that being said, I’m not ready to call him the best receiver in USC history yet. That honor still goes to either Keyshawn Johnson or Mike Williams. I go back and forth on those two in part because their accomplishments balance each other out so well. The big difference between Lee and those two is big-time bowl wins. Lee has none, while the other two both played major roles in leading their teams to a pair of bowl victories.