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Saturday, April 3, 2010
Saturday practice report

By Pedro Moura

The middle linebacker competition rages on in spring practice for USC, with Devon Kennard and Chris Galippo fighting to take over the top spot at what coaches are calling the most important position on USC's defense. Kennard, a sophomore, and Galippo, a redshirt junior, combined to start 17 games at linebacker last year — with Galippo earning all 13 at the middle position.

Kennard, who came to USC as a defensive end but moved to strongside linebacker near the end of the 2009 season, said he was "up for it" as soon as the new coaching staff told him they were planning to switch him to the middle spot. He said he has enjoyed working alongside and against Galippo so far. "We're definitely working together, helping each other out, correcting each other, pushing each other," Kennard said. "We want to have the best linebacking corps possible. We all want to be out there and we're going to push each other every day."

A few other notes from the full-pads practice:
Here's more of what Kiffin had to say in his media congregation afterward: