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With at least 10 players hurt this week including in Saturday’s scrimmage, it led to Lane Kiffin saying it was because of an increased physical nature in practices.
“With the changing philosophy of how we’re practicing. we’re getting more physical but you can see why we didn’t practice this way (last year),” Kiffin said.
If that is true, could USC sustain this level of practicing on a weekly basis during the season? Wouldn’t there be too many injuries to survive with 75 scholarships?
By the way, I’m not the only media member skeptical that practices were not physical enough last year.
We heard plenty from players and coaches last season that practices were physical last year. And after 2010, when tackling was severely restricted, Kiffin said he would no longer be that cautious.
So he suddenly reverted in 2012? It just seems like another excuse for a 7-6 season. And if physical practices are the reason for the injuries this week, it seems more to prove a point that provide a blueprint for success in 2013.