First-year coach Lane Kiffin took to the mike Friday to provide a look at spring practice, including observations on the mass amount of injuries the Trojans have suffered and a look forward to the fall. Here's a video snippet of what he had to say:
Some other highlights:
On middle linebacker, where Chris Galippo and Devon Kennard are competing to start: "We’re excited about both of those guys. I’d imagine, whoever ends up winning the battle, we’ll find a way for the other guy to play."
On the injuries of early enrollee receiver Kyle Prater, which have hindered the true freshman in practices: "I’ve been disappointed for Kyle, not in Kyle. I don’t think that we know what we have yet in Kyle."
On the other early enrollee, running back Dillon Baxter, who broke a 50-yard run in the first scrimmage of the spring but struggled at times to break through the defensive line: “Dillon Baxter’s kind of the wildcard. This kid’s got the potential to be really, really special.”
On the placekicking spot, where walk-on Joe Houston has taken the lead over Jacob Harfman, who is slated to be the punter: "It’s still open. I would say he’s ahead in the battle. We’re excited about what [Houston] has done."
On the consistency of fullback Stanley Havili, who stayed on the field despite suffering injuries this spring: "I really enjoy watching Stanley and his leadership role. He’s very unique, a very unique fullback. He’s fun to have as you get to game-planning."
Kiffin didn't commit to using incoming offensive lineman Seantrel Henderson at left tackle, but he did say he would start at that spot. As for other incoming freshmen who he has big expectations for, Kiffin spotlighted receivers Robert Woods and Markeith Ambles. Woods has been slated as a flanker, Ambles as a split end.