Highlights from Wednesday’s USC football practice

A brief look at the Trojans’ training-camp practice on Wednesday at Howard Jones-Brian Kennedy Field:


To end practice, USC’s players huddled around redshirt freshman kicker Michael Brown, who lined up to attempt a field goal from 35 yards. Brown appeared to struggle late last week. In one practice, Brown and freshman Chase McGrath made only three of their nine attempts. But Brown drilled the last attempt and made all but one of his field-goal tries Wednesday.


Coach Clay Helton revealed that the high ankle sprain sophomore receiver Michael Pittman suffered in practice on Tuesday was “significant” and would sideline him for a couple weeks. That means he will likely at least miss the season opener against Western Michigan on Sept. 2 and possibly more. Pittman’s left ankle was in a walking boot on Wednesday, as he navigated around the practice field on a scooter. … Redshirt freshman receiver Velus Jones has a sore left foot and wore a walking boot. Helton said Jones would miss a couple practices, including perhaps Saturday’s live scrimmage at the Coliseum. … Freshman cornerback Greg Johnson (shoulder) is close to being cleared to return to practice. … Defensive tackle Kenny Bigelow was pulled with knee soreness.


Steven Mitchell, a redshirt senior receiver, has continued to line up with the first-team offense, ahead of Tyler Vaughns, for the past week. Mitchell has most often been at outside receiver, opposite Jalen Greene. Josh Fatu started with the first-team defense ahead of Marlon Tuipulotu.


“In college football, you have to develop young players.” — special teams coach John Baxter, asked about replacing Adoree’ Jackson


Dominic Davis, who moved from running back to cornerback last week, intercepted his first pass, picking off freshman quarterback Jack Sears in a 7-on-7 period.


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