LOS ANGELES - SEPTEMBER 3: Tailback D.J. Morgan #30 of the USC Trojans carries the ball against the Minnesota Golden Gophers at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum on September 3, 2011 in Los Angeles, California. USC won 19-17. (Photo by Stephen Dunn/Getty Images)
Lots of goings on today!
Not surprised by this and it should happen...
** Senior tailback Marc Tyler, who was suspended for Week 1, has been reinstated and will play against Utah, Trojans coach Lane Kiffin said. Kiffin was unsure how big a role Tyler would have.
I bet he has a bigger role than some might think.
I am happy that this is now behind the team.
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Lane Kiffin took a lot of heat for his post game comments about having only two good players on offense...some of that heat came from some of us here on CC.
The comment generated a backlash among Trojans fans and probably didn’t go over well in the locker room either. Kiffin said Tuesday that he regretted making the comment.
“I told our offense that this morning too. I didn’t mean it that way,” Kiffin said.
“Obviously we had some guys who did play well. … I didn’t phrase it the right way.”
Kiffin meant to say that two players, quarterback Matt Barkley and receiver Robert Woods, had great games. Woods was named Pac-12 Offensive Player of the Week after catching a school-record 17 passes for 177 yards and three touchdowns.
I am sure that is what he meant, Kiffin just caught up in the moment. We have seen it before...I hope we don't see it again.
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ESPN-LA has a first look at Utah...
One thing you'll notice with the Utes: A ton of their players hail from Southern California. Wynn's from Oceanside, White IV grew up in Torrance and went to L.A. Harbor JC and left tackle John Cullen, who was recruited by USC, grew up in La Mirada. And the list goes on, with former Freshman All-American Brian Blechen hailing from Moorpark and receiver Dres Anderson a Riverside John W. North product.
That's one of the biggest advantages to this game for Utah coach Kyle Whittingham. If he could get that many recruits from the area without playing in L.A., imagine how many will come to Salt Lake City once the Utes have an opportunity to plant their seed at the Coliseum.
You can bet that Kyle Whittingham will make the most of his trip to L.A. with some recruiting on the back end.
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A bit of a reunion will take place on Saturday as well when Utah comes into town...
Several key members of a former USC staff that helped guide the Trojans to their first three Bowl Championship Series bowl games, the 2003 and 2004 Associated Press national titles and the now-vacated 2004 BCS title will be on opposite sidelines.
Norm Chow, Utah's first-year offensive coordinator after three seasons at UCLA, was the Trojans' play-caller from 2001 to 2004, before former coach Pete Carroll nudged him to the NFL by giving Kiffin and Steve Sarkisian
control of the offense.
Soon after Chow departed USC, offensive line coach Tim Davis left for the Miami Dolphins. He also worked at Alabama and coached at Minnesota before rejoining Chow as the Utes' offensive line coach this season.
It won't necessarily be a good reunion depending on who you talk to but lane Kiffin is putting on a good face with it.
But there are a lot of great memories that was a part of that group.
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Here is the depth chart for Saturdays game...
- Quarterback: Matt Barkley
- Tailback: D.J. Morgan
- Fullback: Rhett Ellison
- Wide Receiver: Robert Woods, Marqise Lee
- Tight End: Xavier Grimble
- Left Tackle: Matt Kalil
- Left Guard: Jeremy Galten
- Center: Khaled Holmes
- Right Guard: John Martinez
- Right Tackle: Kevin Graf
Redshirt freshman D.J. Morgan led the Trojans with 70 yards rushing and 18 carries against Minnesota, and he gets the start again. The offensive line that allowed no sacks to Minnesota returns intact against the Utes.
- Defensive Ends: Wes Horton, Nick Perry
- Defensive Tackles: Christian Tupou, DaJohn Harris
- Outside Linebackers: Dion Bailey, Hayes Pullard
- Middle Linebacker: Chris Galippo
- Cornerbacks: Nickell Robey, Torin Harris
- Safeties: Jawanza Starling, T.J. McDonald
Torin Harris had the game-clinching interception in the closing minutes against the Gophers on Saturday. Redshirt freshman Hayes Pullard co-led the Trojans in tackles in his first start at outside linebacker.
I am really surprised that Straling is playing...he had a less than stellar game.
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Lane Kiffin post practice presser from today...