Rising up with the morning sun

The end is near.

And with it, so too is the beginning.

The entire team hustled through an hour-long Trojan Run workout early Friday morning, completing their sixth week of the summer program and leaving just 10 more workouts before Fall Camp and the 2009 season officially kick off.

Through agility and conditioning drills under the watchful eye of the USC strength and conditioning staff, the Trojans finished off the fifth competition-based Trojan Run workout of the summer, with the defense capturing the victory today. Team-wide workouts such as this morning’s foster the endurance, strength and, most importantly, chemistry that’ll play itself out on football fields in L.A., Ohio, South Bend and up and down the West Coast this fall.

Check out some photos from today’s 6:30 a.m. workout on Cromwell Field:

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The Trojans churn through their warm-up on Cromwell Field.

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Players shuffle through agility bags as the morning sun rises into the sky.

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Defensive lineman Christian Tupou hustles around the cone.

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Under a beautiful morning sky, (from left to right) fullback Adam Goodman, fullback Stanley Havili, quarterback Aaron Corp and tailback Allen Bradford jump up during drills.

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Tailback C.J. Gable changes direction during drills.

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Aaron Corp shuffles around a cone.

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Wideout David Ausberry leaps up during a drill.

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Quarterback Matt Barkley sprints out during a conditioning drill.

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Defensive back Josh Pinkard jumps up at the end of a conditioning drill.

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Wideout Ronald Johnson runs out of his break during this morning’s workout.

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Tailback Stafon Johnson hops over the agility bags, with quarterback Mitch Mustain closely behind.

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Offensive lineman Tyron Smith sprints out of an agility bag drill as fellow linemen Matt Kalil (left) and Khaled Holmes (middle) follow behind.

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Linebacker Jordan Campbell and tailback Allen Bradford race through an agility bag competition.

Kyle Bunch

Partnerships for R/GA Ventures. Raised in California, adopted by Texas. Opinions expressed here are mine and they are fantastic.

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