On Thursday the USC Trojans spent practice as they normally do, finalizing their red zone game plan on both sides of the ball. Head Coach Clay Helton said that because Washington is putting up 48 points per game the Trojans are once again going to be aggressive and not settle for field goals. In previous games that meant that any USC drive that made it inside the opposing team’s 35 was potentially 4 down territory. This was the mentality USC took into the Cal and Oregon games but the situation never really came up.
USC also took extra time practicing special teams on Thursday. Washington has excellent special teams. Helton characterized them as “scary”. Helton said that wide receivers John Ross and Dante Pettis are also excellent kick returners and he wanted his team prepared for them. Washington knocked off 15th ranked Utah in dramatic fashion when Dante Pettis returned a punt 58 yards for a game winning touchdown.
The Trojans had plenty of great news on the injury front. DL Stevie Tu’ikolovatu and DB Iman Marhsall were at full speed in practice on Thursday and are both expected to play on Saturday. Running backs Justin Davis and Aca’Cedric Ware both are able to play on Saturday as well. Really only defensive back Jonathan Lockett is the only player expected to be out.
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