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Ed Orgeron on the benefits of early morning practices

Lane Kiffin made a decision to move to early morning spring practices. The players and staff like the move, so the Trojans will continue with morning practices in the Fall.

Ed Orgeron says, “We like it. I love it. I’m an early morning guy. We get ‘em early. I think it gives them an opportunity to come in totally focused. We get our work done. They go to class the rest of the day. They have actually more rest. It gives the coaches more time. We all like it.”

“They are getting taped about 5 or 5:15, meetings start at 6, but remember this…their day finishes at 10 am with us.”

“They have the rest of the day to go to school, relax, and they have an evening. When you practice in the evening, you’re off at 6:30, you eat supper and then go to study hall, you’re home at 10:30 or 11 at night.”

One of the points of emphasis this spring for Orgeron is developing depth along the defensive line.

Orgeron said developing depth is his top priority this spring. He explained, “Our guys got tired (last year), you can see it on the film, which was no excuse. Our pass rush was nowhere near where it is supposed to be, especially in our 2-minutes drills. You look at it, if we win three 2-minute drills, we would have won 3 more games. The 2-minute drill is a stop or sack-fumble. That is definitely an emphasis for us.”

USC opens with three consecutive home games against Minnesota, Utah, and Syracuse.