Farmer's health becoming an issue

Sophomore receiver George Farmer again sat out of the Trojans' practice Tuesday after missing much of Monday's session with a hamstring injury, and it's starting to cause some concern around the program.

Farmer essentially missed all of the spring for the same reason and missed considerable time last fall. Unless things change, it might not be long before the dreaded injury-prone label is dropped on him.

USC coach Lane Kiffin admitted that continuing to sit out of practice could hurt Farmer's standing on the depth chart as he tries to compete for the No. 3 receiver slot during camp.

"With anybody, it's hard to figure out how they fit in like that," Kiffin said after Tuesday's practice, which Farmer sat out of to receive treatment. "We've seen some great flashes when he's been healthy; unfortunately, that hasn't been that often."

Kiffin then added: "And it's not his fault. He's trained very hard."

Asked Monday what happened to Farmer during the camp-only practice, the Trojans' coach said only: "He came out."

Receivers coach Tee Martin said he doesn't think Farmer's latest injury will be a major setback.

"I have a lot of faith in our staff that we can get him going," Martin said Tuesday. "George is competing, and he has a whole lot of talent. I just can't wait for the moment that we have him and he's ready to do what we know he can do."