Quick hits after Friday's practice

August, 17, 2012
8/17/12
7:18
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LOS ANGELES -- Here are news and notes from Friday's practice session for the Trojans, once again held on Dedeaux Field while the normal practice field gets re-sodded:

Injury updates

Left tackle Aundrey Walker practiced with full pads on Friday for the first time this camp. He sprained the AC joint in his right shoulder on the second day of camp last week, he said, and had also been dealing with a hyperextended thumb on his right hand during that time.

While pleased with his play on Friday, Walker said he lost some more weight while out because of all the cardio work he was doing, and hopes to gain 10 or so pounds over the next two weeks.

"I thought Aundrey did some good things," coach Lane Kiffin said. "He's still not full speed after missing some time, but you see flashes of why we're so excited about him. He's gotta have a great two weeks here and get ready to play."

Receiver Robert Woods practiced after sitting out in the morning under the Trojans' new one-a-day policy for him, and Nelson Agholor also practiced after missing Thursday's session.

Kiffin said Agholor is "hitting the wall" right now, as is typical for most freshmen midway through their first camp.

McNeal goes double or nothing

USC running back Curtis McNeal was given the opportunity to bet on team meetings with Andre Heidari's kicking abilities, and he made one right decision and one wrong one.

First, McNeal bet that Heidari could make a 45-yard field goal, with the Trojans' Saturday wake-up call getting pushed back to 8 a.m. from 6 if it went through the uprights. Then, after Heidari converted easily, McNeal bet that USC's sophomore kicker could make a 50-yarder.

If he made it, the Trojans would have no more meetings on Friday night as well. But Heidari's attempt sailed left, although it had the length, and now the players have to wake up at 6 and attend two hours' worth of meetings tonight.

Kiffin joked that he told McNeal afterward, "Curtis, that's why you have no money."

Farmer shines

Kiffin said a few days ago that the next two weeks would be critical for sophomore receiver George Farmer, who has missed a lot of time with hamstring issues and has fallen behind De'Von Flournoy in the No. 3 receiver battle.

Farmer has received the message.

Kiffin said Friday was Farmer's best practice since the first day of spring -- five months ago. He was on the field a ton and made a few grabs down the middle of the field, which he hasn't consistently done at the college level.

He still has 10 or so days to wrestle the job back from Flournoy.

Final notes: USC will practice at 8:45 a.m. on Saturday morning. The session was initially scheduled for the afternoon. ...Sunday's scrimmage at the Coliseum will be the hardest-tackling day of fall camp for the Trojans, Kiffin said. ...Former UCLA coach Rick Neuheisel watched USC practice while hosting a radio show for Sirius XM. Kiffin joined the broadcast after practice and sat next to Neuheisel for a 10-minute interview.

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