Originally posted on Fox Sports West  |  Last updated 8/16/12
LOS ANGELES -- As the grind of training camp continues on, new USC wide receivers coach Tee Martin has tried to liven things up a bit for his position group. Martin and his wide receivers have become known to challenge each other in various drills at the conclusion of practice. After a recent practice, Martin said he was going to throw the ball some 50 yards downfield and challenged his receivers to see who could run under the ball and make the catch. Robert Woods tried and couldn't do it. Marqise Lee had the same result. Then it was George Farmer's turn. He successfully accomplished the feat. At this point, all of the receivers had ditched their pads. Farmer was still in his full practice garb shoulder pads and shorts ---and made the catch. Running back D.J. Morgan was the only other to complete the challenge. But Farmer stuck out. "George is fast," Lee said. "I think every yard he gets faster." It was monumental for Farmer as well. Not because he was able to make the catch but because he was able to accelerate to do so. It's the first time he's been able to turn on the jets since the spring. "That was my first time actually, really running full speed, getting out of my routes and really digging," he said. "It felt pretty good." Farmer started the spring with a bang after being moved back to his natural wide receiver position from running back. After a couple of really good practices, he missed the remainder of the spring and also majority of fall camp, to this point, with a hamstring injury. He says he's now healthy. "I'm 100 percent," Farmer said. "I'm good." During his time away with injury, Farmer focused on his rehab and also says he spent a lot of time in the film room. He's confident he can now join the competition for the Trojans' third wide receiver spot behind his former Serra High School teammates Robert Woods and Marqise Lee. Watching from the sidelines, Farmer acknowledges he has "a lot" of ground to make up. Redshirt junior De'Von Flournoy has asserted himself as the guy to beat for the third spot, although he has been pushed by freshman Nelson Agholor. USC head coach Lane Kiffin said the next two weeks are "huge" for Farmer. "He doesn't have to express it to me," Farmer said of Kiffin's comments. "I kind of know that the next two weeks are critical so I'm out here giving it my best. I'm doing everything I can off of the field --watching extra film and stuff. I'm just ready to go." Woods is encouraged by seeing his longtime teammate back on the field. "It's good to see him out here getting reps (and) going out here full go and I just want to see him stay healthy and keep going out here because he's definitely a playmaker," Woods said. The basis behind Martin's drill is improving the wide receiver's ability to track and locate the ball while it's in the air. Farmer showed his ability to do that and had the speed to back it up. His teammates think there's something to take from that. "The old George (is) back," Lee said. "I couldn't run under the ball. He made it. Robert couldn't run under the ball."
MORE FROM YARDBARKER

Aaron Judge finally doesn’t strike out, crushes three-run home run

Top storyline for each NBA team heading into the season

Kings rookie De’Aaron Fox not a fan of beloved California burger chain

Twitter reacts to LaMarcus Aldridge getting $72 million contract extension

Derek Carr: Raiders' struggles 'my fault'

LIKE WHAT YOU SEE?
GET THE DAILY NEWSLETTER:

Twitter reacts to wall-crashing catch by Aaron Judge

Ed Orgeron not too pumped to face former school Ole Miss

Steelers LB Vincent Williams offers Kareem Hunt hilarious compliment

Todd Frazier gives Yankees first lead of series with 3-run home run

Nuggets to sign Richard Jefferson, waive Jameer Nelson

Dirk Koetter 'extremely' concerned about 2016 1st-rounder, Vernon Hargreaves

The 'Sure do hope you have a backup plan in place' quiz

Tale of the Tape: National League Championship Series

Sports & Politics Intersect: White House looms large over sports world for another week

The 'A butcher, a Baker, a touchdown maker' quiz

Tale of the tape: American League Championship Series

What's trending up, down so far in the NFL

Three Up, Three Down: Divisional Series brings both luck and heartbreak

The 'Adrian Peterson hopes to rise from the ashes in Phoenix' quiz

College football 2017 Week 7 predictions

Nikola Jokic: A throwback superstar for the modern era

NFL Week 6 predictions

The 'Help wanted: Supervising manager' quiz

Trojans 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 Yardbarker Privacy Policy and Terms of Service. You can opt out at any time. For more information, please see our Privacy Policy.

The 'Sure do hope you have a backup plan in place' quiz

Tale of the Tape: National League Championship Series

Sports & Politics Intersect: White House looms large over sports world for another week

The 'A butcher, a Baker, a touchdown maker' quiz

Tale of the tape: American League Championship Series

Three Up, Three Down: Divisional Series brings both luck and heartbreak

The 'Adrian Peterson hopes to rise from the ashes in Phoenix' quiz

What's trending up, down so far in the NFL

NFL Week 6 predictions

Nikola Jokic: A throwback superstar for the modern era

Today's Best Stuff
For Publishers
Company Info
Help
Follow Yardbarker