As an offensive coach, Lane Kiffin is always quick to side with his offensive player when asked which side of the ball looks better in camp but not even Kiffin could sugarcoat the way his offensive linemen were getting manhandled by junior defensive end Armond Armstead. The 6-foot-5, 295-pound pass rusher returned to practice Tuesday after missing time because of dehydration and had his way with anyone who was in front of him during Wednesday’s practice.
“I thought the offense was ahead of the defense but I realized that was because Armond wasn’t practicing,” Kiffin said. “As soon as he started practicing the defense was ahead of the offense. Hopefully he continues to grow under our scheme and continue to develop his technique. Right now he just takes over practice. The only guy I remember on the front doing that while we were here even with the great players that were here from Mike Patterson to Shaun Cody to Sedrick Ellis was Kenechi Udeze. At times he could take over a game and a whole practice and it’s great to see.”