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USC football: Chad Wheeler getting a look at left tackle

August 07, 2013|By Gary Klein
  • USC Coach Lane Kiffin said he likes offensive tackle Chad Wheeler's athleticism.
USC Coach Lane Kiffin said he likes offensive tackle Chad Wheeler's… (Jae C. Hong / Associated…)

Chad Wheeler redshirted last season at USC and sat out most of spring practice because of a knee injury.

But he is making a push for playing time at offensive tackle.

At the end of spring practice, Coach Lane Kiffin listed Wheeler as co-starter at right tackle with two-year starter Kevin Graf.

On Tuesday, with Aundrey Walker unable to practice, coaches gave Wheeler a long look at left tackle. TheĀ  6-foot-7 Wheeler, who played at Santa Monica High, is listed at 275 pounds in USC's media guide but he said he now weighs 295.

"He's very athletic," Kiffin said after practice. "That's why it's going to be exciting to see this film and see how he looked."

Kiffin said Walker, who was unable to finish practice Monday, is day to day.

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