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USC Football Spring Notebook: Players Progressing

Scott Enyeart |
March 27, 2012 | 10:44 p.m. PDT

Staff Reporter

Pullard has a chance to shine on the young Trojan defense. (Shotgun Spratling/Neon Tommy)
Pullard has a chance to shine on the young Trojan defense. (Shotgun Spratling/Neon Tommy)
USC returned to Howard Jones Field Tuesday for its seventh practice of the spring. The Trojans practiced for just under two hours and sported full pads.

PRESIDENTIAL VISIT: No, not POTUS, but USC president, Max Nikias. Along with some other university administrators, President Nikias attended practice Tuesday. It isn't the first time Nikias has taken in a football practice during his tenure, but it was his first visit to Howard Jones Field this spring.

THE BEST EVER?: Lane Kiffin continues to praise sophomore wide receiver Marqise Lee. Today, once again, Kiffin said Lee has "the potential to be the best that ever played here."

That's saying a lot considering some of the greats who have played at USC.

TEMPLE OUT: USC DL was already thin on depth. Today Kiffin announced redshirt freshman d-lineman Cody Temple would miss the remainder of spring due to ankle surgery, but hoped he will return in time for fall camp. Temple, who redshirted in 2011 partially due to injuries, isn't exactly starting his career as a Trojan the way he had hoped.

PULLARD IMPRESSING: After tying for the team lead as a freshman, LB Hayes Pullard is looking even better this spring. Pullard says he is up to 230 lbs. and despite the weight gain, is actually faster too. Though he is just a sophomore, Pullard is one of the veteran leaders on a young defense, with a bar set very high.

MADDEN PROGRESSING: Linebacker turned running back Tre Madden is continuing to take significant reps at his new position. However, fumbling seems to be a bit of an issue. When asked about it after practice, Kiffin dismissed any doubts noting that Madden has been playing linebacker for the last 5 years, and that the fumbles are a part of adjusting to the new position and should disappear as Madden gets used to the new role. Needless to say, if he doesn't improve by the fall, Kiffin likely won't be so patient.


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