LOS ANGELES -- Sophomore receiver George Farmer has been slowly returning to full strength from the hamstring injury that caused him to miss most of the first five days of fall camp.
He had his best camp practice yet on Monday, logging two impressive touchdown catches in individual drills. But he continued to sit out of 11-on-11 work.
Trojans coach Lane Kiffin expressed optimism about Farmer’s return.
The 19-year-old Farmer has lost ground to redshirt junior De'Von Flournoy in the battle to be the No. 3 receiver behind Robert Woods and Marqise Lee. Every day he stays off the field is another day Flournoy steps ahead, so Farmer has to be on the field as much as possible until the season starts if he hopes to climb the receiving corps ladder.
"We're getting him back," Kiffin said of Farmer. "He does some things early and we want to make sure we're not regressing. It's good to see.
"I think these next two weeks are going to be huge for George Farmer."
It's not like Kiffin to be dramatic, so there's probably something to be read into with his use of Farmer's full name. This is nearing make-or-break territory for the former top recruit, and Kiffin, Farmer and many others around the USC program know about it by now.
We'll all discover much more in two weeks.