Friday, August 20, 2010
Markeith Ambles getting the hang of it
By Pedro Moura
Freshman receiver Markeith Ambles met with the media for the first time as a Trojan on Friday and steered clear of any of the drama that preceded his time at USC.
Instead, he focused on what's happened in fall camp so far. The talented do-everything receiver has had some great practices and some subpar ones. Overall, though, he has been surprised by the level of play he has seen in his short time.
"It's kinda harder than what I thought it would be," Ambles said Friday. "But I'm adapting to it, adjusting, and having fun."
Ambles, a McDonough, Ga. native, says he likes the weather better in Los Angeles than at home but hasn't noticed many other changes between the two locations.
On the field, however, he has noticed quite a bit of differences. Ambles said the players are faster, the speed of the ball coming out of the quarterback's hand is faster and his routes have to be faster and more fine-tuned for him to succeed.
"Overall, it's just a little speed change, that's all," he said.
Listed at 6 feet 2, 215 pounds, Ambles clarified his weight to be 190 pounds -- putting him at just a bit taller and bigger than 6-1, 185-pound fellow freshman receiver Robert Woods.
As for any sort of on-field competition with Woods, Ambles dismissed the thought of it. To get on the field, the two must also beat out a host of other non-freshman, including sophomore De'Von Flournoy, redshirt sophomore Brice Butler and redshirt senior David Ausberry.
"We just come out here and push and do what all the coaches tell us," he said. "We come out here and compete with everybody. I compete with all the wide receivers. Each one of us is trying to take each other's job."