George Farmer experiences another setback

He said before the break he would be, but USC receiver George Farmer wasn't back on the field with the rest of the Trojans on Tuesday, and it's because the sophomore has experienced yet another setback in his attempt to stay healthy this season.

As of Tuesday, the talented Farmer estimated his strained hamstring, hurt during the second practice of the spring 12 days ago, was "60 percent" healed -- not good enough to get him cleared for practice. He admitted it felt like another step back as he tries to prove to the Trojans' coaches he's healthy and capable of being the No. 3 receiver behind Robert Woods and Marqise Lee in 2012.

"I was gonna make this the time to do everything I needed to do," he said Tuesday. "Last year I didn't come out and do what I wanted to do or what I expected, so this spring I was going to show everything I could do."

Farmer, of course, was a highly touted prospect out of Gardena Serra in the Class of 2011 who many thought could challenge for the starting spot across from Woods as a freshman. But he fell behind Lee early on and ended up moving to running back midway through the season before switching back to receiver this offseason.

Lane Kiffin named him the MVP of the Trojans' first spring practice two weeks ago, but Farmer pulled up lame during a drill during the next practice and hasn't gotten on the field since.

"It's very disappointing, because I was eager to come out here," he said. But I gotta move forward and live with it now and progress from here."

He said he's now aiming to be back by Saturday but may not make it back by then.

"I want to get back this week, but I'm not sure about that," Farmer said. "It depends on how I feel and when I can run 100 percent.

"When our trainers see that I can run 100 percent, then I'm gonna be cleared."