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Wednesday morning practice report

8/18/2010

Notes, quotes and video from Wednesday morning's practice:

  • Big news: all-everything freshman running back Dillon Baxter spoke to the media for the first time since his suspension earlier this month. Highlights from that conversation are here, with video of it below.

  • Other than that, very little went down on Howard Jones Field during the 2 1/2-hour session. As coach Lane Kiffin put it when meeting with the media afterward: "Not a lot to report."

  • Injury update: freshman tight end Xavier Grimble was wearing a walking boot on his right foot as he walked off the practice field. Defensive tackle Hebron Fangupo did not participate in practice; neither did defensive end James Boyd, who will also sit out of tonight's. Offensive guard Zack Heberer is day-to-day because of a concussion and was unable to suit up as well, leaving the Trojans very shorthanded at the position with Butch Lewis temporarily out and Michael Reardon questionable for tonight's practice. "We've got to figure out that left guard spot," Kiffin said. "It's really confusing to us right now. We feel like the line's coming together pretty well at four of the five spots, so we're trying to figure that out. Health reasons are helping very much."

  • Kiffin, on his preferred backfield system: "Ideally, you'd like to be a two-tailback team because of the wear and tear of the season. We'd like to find two guys that are different in styles, that aren't the same, but you never know. It could be one, it could be three, but we would not like to be in a four- or five-back system because I just don't know how you can get your rhythm that way."

  • Final notes: Tonight's practice was moved up to 6 p.m. from 6:45. The Trojans have an off day Thursday -- only their third of camp so far -- before resuming practice Friday with the last set of two-a-days...Kiffin said a potential new practice policy, revised to include new regulations for scouts and media members, is still a "work in progress."

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Kiffin shed some light on the Trojans' problems with concussions during fall camp, the Baxter situation and plenty more topics in his meeting with the media after practice:

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Baxter appeared sincere and contrite when talking to the media Wednesday, proving just as composed as he was during such sessions in the spring. Hear everything he had to say -- including the use of the word "knucklehead" to describe himself: