Wednesday, August 31, 2011
Wednesday practice quick hits
By Pedro Moura
Notes and quotes from Wednesday's practice that didn't make it into our other stories from the day:
- Cornerback Tony Burnett, defensive tackle DaJohn Harris and running back Marc Tyler left practice early for the second straight Wednesday. Evidently not all USC players were able to clear their schedules until 11 a.m., as Lane Kiffin said they'd need to in the spring.
- The only lingering temporary injuries are these: left guard Abe Markowitz (foot), receiver De'Von Flournoy (undisclosed) and running back Amir Carlisle (hamstring). All three are considered day-to-day and could be back shortly.
- The kickers and punters spent most of Wednesday's practice working on special-teams-specific activities at the Coliseum and arrived at Howard Jones Field with only a few minutes left in the session. On days like that, punter Kyle Negrete serves as Andre Heidari's holder, but Heidari expects quarterback Matt Barkley to fulfill those duties in game situations.
- The Trojans practiced in helmets and shorts Wednesday, and they'll do so again Thursday as they attempt to heal up in time for Minnesota. Because of the early start Sunday in preparing for this game week, Wednesday's session was a traditional Thursday practice, and USC treated it as such. And the real Thursday practice will also treated like Thursday.
- There was still no update on defensive lineman Armond Armstead, who has essentially missed all of spring and fall practice and now looks as if he has no chance to play in the season opener Saturday. There have been few details provided on what exactly has sidelined Armstead for all this time; all we know is that it's not a heart condition.
- Kiffin on the potential of overconfidence: “I would be shocked if we were overconfident. We haven’t done anything. So many guys have never played a snap. This isn’t like the old days where guys are coming back after All-American seasons. No, it’s definitely not like the old days. But at least it’s not like last year...We have a lot to prove. A lot of places to improve and we have a million players that have never played before."