Originally posted on Fox Sports West
By RAHSHAUN HAYLOCK  |  Last updated 8/15/13
LOS ANGELES -- The yellow jersey Cody Kessler wears during USC practices provides him some security -- he can't be touched. The defacto sacks against the Trojans quarterback are nothing more than slaps on the back. He knows that'll be different if he were playing in a real game, but for now, he's very grateful for the yellow jersey. "I'm kind of glad we're not getting hit out here, because if we got hit every time that we got tapped by our defensive line, I don't think we'd last very long," Kessler said. The rest of his teammates have a different story. Everyone is fair game in what is likely the most physical training camp USC has seen in the Lane Kiffin era. By allowing his team to be so physical, he's walking a tightrope. Kiffin knows his team has to be physical. The lack of physicality during practice last season became a detriment during the Trojans' 7-6 campaign of 2012. However, being physical can cause injuries, which affects one of USC's weakest attributes -- depth. 20 players were unavailable for team drills on Thursday. Later, two more players left with injuries. Safety Dion Bailey watched on crutches with a hip injury and is day-to-day after being injured in Wednesday's practice. USC fans held their collective breaths when news spread Marqise Lee had to be escorted from practice with a shoulder injury last week. He's since returned, but there was a time earlier this week when the USC head coach was asked by a reporter what he thought of his running backs. "All two of them?" the head coach quipped in response. The Trojans were down to two healthy scholarship running backs and two healthy scholarship wide receivers. If USC had a game tomorrow, they'd be in bad shape with injuries. "We'd be really concerned," Kiffin said. "Our health, right now, would not put us in position to win many games if we had to play tomorrow. We would not have many rotations at many spots. "If we were that close to a game, we would not practice like this." But practicing "like this," as physical as it's been, is something they have to do. For football players, there's being "in shape" and there's being "in football shape." "You got to take reps," said running back Silas Redd, who's missed time this camp as well with injury. "You got to get your body right. You can't get in shape like you want to unless you play ball. "It's one of those sports where you need to play football to stay in shape." So let the hitting and tackling continue, just not with the quarterbacks.
Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45

T.J. Ward: Broncos defense doesn’t care who’s playing QB

Tokyo already dealing with rising costs for 2020 Olympics

Bears first-round pick Leonard Floyd carted off practice field

Report: Bills and Tyrod Taylor continue to talk extension

Report: Title contender planning to poach Curry from Warriors


Fitzpatrick on negotiations: I wouldn’t wish it on anybody

NBA players to fund health insurance for former players

Report: Geno Smith 'intent' on beating out Ryan Fitzpatrick

Greg Jennings: Ryan Tannehill has had his hands tied by coaches

Josh McDaniels 'happy' with Pats but wants to be a head coach again

WATCH: Jim Harbaugh in cleats throws out first pitch at Cubs game

Kareem Abdul-Jabbar ordered to pay $900K to auction house

Royals want to package Ian Kennedy, Wade Davis in trades

Six potential landing spots for Nick Foles

Jack Nicklaus puzzled by Tiger Woods' woes, golf absence

Brown responds to Marshall's high-stakes challenge

Seven most mind-boggling NFL contracts of 2016

Is Jackie Bradley Jr. the Red Sox’s MVP?

Did Joey Votto reject kid who asked for his batting gloves?

Rams got it right releasing Nick Foles, trusting Jared Goff

Report: Ravens WR Mike Wallace failed conditioning test

WATCH: Kobe Bryant drives Ferrari around Italian racetrack

Terrelle Pryor shouts out Ohio State after ban ends

College Football News
Delivered to your inbox
You'll also receive Yardbarker's daily Top 10, featuring the best sports stories from around the web. Customize your newsletter to get articles on your favorite sports and teams. And the best part? It's free!

By clicking "Sign Me Up", you have read and agreed to the Fox Sports Digital Privacy Policy and Terms of Use. You can opt out at any time. For more information, please see our Privacy Policy.
Get it now!
Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45

We asked Team USA: What other Olympic sport would you play?

Why Gary Bettman's CTE denial is cause for concern for NHL

WATCH: Inside the Nike SNKRS BOX in SF for Golden Air Celebration

WATCH: Five other uniforms Chris Sale should cut up

QUIZ: Name every Olympic event in which the USA has never won a gold medal

Five U.S. Olympians favored to win multiple gold medals

WATCH: What teams should join the Big 12?

One Gotta Go: Do NBA players really love NBA2K?

One Gotta Go: NBA players hate Facebook too

One Gotta Go: NBA players settle the fast food beef

Today's Best Stuff
For Publishers
Company Info
Follow Yardbarker