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USC football: Trojans will rotate more on defense against Notre Dame

October 15, 2013|By Gary Klein
  • USC's Jabari Ruffin, trying to bring down Hawaii quarterback Taylor Graham in August, is one of the defensive players who might get more playing time this week.
USC's Jabari Ruffin, trying to bring down Hawaii quarterback Taylor… (Wally Skalij / Los Angeles…)

USC gave more players opportunities on offense in last week's victory over Arizona, a trend that will move to the defense on Saturday against Notre Dame.

Interim coach Ed Orgeron said more players would rotate in against the Fighting Irish.

Lineman Antwaun Woods and linebackers Jabari Ruffin and Anthony Sarao are among those who could play more to help rest starters.

That opportunity, Orgeron said, raises practice performance.

"More guys are into it," he said. "The accountability factor is much higher."

USC has not lost to Notre Dame at Notre Dame Stadium since 2001.

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