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Sunday, August 8, 2010
Sunday scrimmage report

By Pedro Moura

The notebook from Sunday's USC football scrimmage will soon be linked to on the home page of the site, but we've got scrimmage stats and a couple videos to share in this space. Check back Monday morning for the next in our "the day after" series on the blog, including an in-depth analysis of Jordan Cameron's improvements at the tight end position.

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Stats from the scrimmage are below. Yes, freshman Christian Thomas did make a catch and record a sack on the same day. He's playing both tight end and defensive end in spurts so far:

Passing
Matt Barkley 9-15, 127 yards, 1 TD
Mitch Mustain 23-35, 231 yards, 1 TD
Jesse Scroggins 0-4, 1 INT

Rushing
Curtis McNeal 6-57
Dillon Baxter 5-39
Marc Tyler 7-34
C.J. Gable 7-25
Allen Bradford 6-minus 5 yards

Receiving
Jordan Cameron 8-96
Robert Woods 4-56
Ronald Johnson 3-39
Robbie Boyer 4-34
Rhett Ellison 2-32
David Ausberry 3-21, 2 TD
Markeith Ambles 2-21
Christian Thomas 1-20
Brice Butler 2-19

Defense
Devon Kennard 7 tackles
Dion Bailey 6 tackles
Malcolm Smith 4 tackles, 1 TFL, 1 deflection
Nickell Robey 4 tackles, 1 deflection
DaJohn Harris 4 tackles, 1 TFL
Brian Baucham 4 tackles
Ross Cumming 4 tackles
T.J. McDonald 4 tackles
Daniel Harper, 3 tackles, 1 sack, 1 deflection
George Uko, 3 tackles, 1 sack
Christian Thomas 1 sack

Kicking
Jake Harfman 0-1 FG, 1-2 XP
Joe Houston 1-2 XP

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With Lane Kiffin out of the crisis-management business for at least one day, he seemed a bit more pleased with his squad's performance Sunday than he had with other practices earlier in the week.

He had plenty of reason to be, with a penalty-free day for the defense, no turnovers from anyone on the two-deep roster and plenty of intensity from both sides of the ball. Hear what Kiffin had to say in his post-practice meeting with the media:


Senior linebacker Malcolm Smith led the first-team defense to a dominating performance Sunday, but he downplayed any sense of domination afterward. The senior, slated to start at weakside linebacker, instead parroted a lot of what Kiffin had said earlier in the week regarding the linebackers -- turning a weakness into a strength.

Here's Smith: