Originally posted on Fox Sports West  |  Last updated 3/16/12
George Farmer is back at wide receiver and he's glad about it. "It feels good to be reunited," the USC sophomore wide receiver said. "I grew up playing the position so I'm excited to get back to it." It's a position that Farmer feels he needs to be. On the sideline and missing practice is not. When the Trojans kicked off spring practice last week, for Farmer, it looked eerily similar to last fall --he was slowed by an injury. Farmer's first day of spring practice was so impressive that USC head coach Lane Kiffin named him MVP of the day. Farmer is competing for the third wide receiver spot behind his former Serra High School teammates Robert Woods and Marqise Lee. On the first day of practice, he dazzled getting reps at the wide receiver spot left open by Woods who's still out after offseason ankle surgery. All of a sudden, Farmer was welcoming himself to the show. A top-five national recruit coming out of Serra in 2011, Farmer was thought to be a better wide receiver prospect than Lee and even Woods. However, his time on the field this spring has been short lived. The next time out, Farmer walked off of Howard Jones Field with a hamstring tweak, and missed the following scrimmage before the Trojans took the week off for spring break. His spring break, now, will consist of rehab. "I got this spring break to get right (and) get a lot of treatment in," Farmer said,"so that's what I'm going to be doing." He hopes to be back on the practice field when the Trojans resume on Tuesday. However, he can't help but to think about the past. Farmer was slowed in fall camp with a concussion which contributed to him being passed by Lee on the depth chart. He was going to redshirt, playing quarterback, wide receiver, and running back for the scout team, when Kiffin noticed he could have an impact at tailback. He made his debut at running back at Cal in the Trojans' sixth game of the season. He was later slowed by a sprained ankle and missed two games. "When I got moved to running back, I got going and then I tweaked my ankle. And I said, 'Man, I gotta bounce back,'" Farmer recalled. "Then I did good in the first practice this spring. The next practice, I pulled up (with my hamstring) and it's like 'Man,' but, you know, it all falls on me. And you just gotta keep your head up and keep grinding." When the Trojans opened spring practice, Farmer looked more determined and confident. "He's going after the ball," Kiffin said. "I think that that comes from his confidence. " Farmer admitted it took him a little longer to adjust to the college game than most. Kiffin knows that's usually a part of the process. "A lot of times, like we talked about last year, that's the norm with all players even when they're the five-star players," Kiffin said. "The norm is not Marqise Lee and Robert Woods. Those are rare situations. Every year there's about five significant impact true freshmen around the country so normally they take a little bit of time to adjust, like George, especially if they're not mid-year." When the Trojans resume next week, Farmer hopes the progression continues, at wide receiver, where he's glad to be.
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