USC quarterback Cody Kessler on Thursday engaged Coach Steve Sarkisian in a post-practice contest to see who could hit a garbage can with a football.
It was a light moment in what has otherwise been a week of uncertainty for USC as Kessler recovered from a procedure performed Tuesday on his toe.
Kessler also slid awkwardly on his left knee in the Trojans' season-opening victory over Fresno State.
Sarkisian reiterated Thursday that Kessler was on track to play in Saturday's Pac-12 Conference opener at Stanford.
Kessler was not wearing a knee brace before or after the closed practice. He was upbeat and moved without any discernible problems while throwing to receivers afterward.
Kessler did not practice Tuesday and shared first-team reps with backup Max Browne on Wednesday.