November 12, 2010 |
USC center Kristofer O'Dowd's 33rd career start will be made in front of hometown fans Saturday night when the Trojans play No. 18 Arizona at Arizona Stadium. O'Dowd, a senior, grew up in Tucson and attended Salpointe Catholic High. He regularly attended Wildcats games and knows several players on Arizona's roster. "It's exciting being able to go in to a place I grew up, pretty much going to games and stuff," O'Dowd said this week. "So it will be a great atmosphere, and I'm excited for it. " O'Dowd was victorious in his last homecoming game.
August 31, 2010 |
The final piece of USC's starting lineup fell into place Tuesday when Coach Lane Kiffin announced that Khaled Holmes would start at right guard Thursday against Hawaii. Kiffin made the announcement after the Trojans practiced on campus before departing for Honolulu. Holmes had been the projected starter, but his status for the opener was uncertain because of neck soreness that had forced him to sit out practices last week and limited him Monday. The 6-foot-4, 300-pound Holmes, a third-year sophomore, is the brother of former USC tight end Alex Holmes . Holmes, who played in three games last season, will be part of an offensive line that includes senior center Kristofer O'Dowd , junior right tackle Tyron Smith , senior left guard Butch Lewis and sophomore left tackle Matt Kalil . "We'll definitely gel," Holmes said this week.
August 30, 2010 |
It took nearly a month and more than 25 practices, but USC on Monday finally achieved a milestone of sorts when its projected starting offensive line finally practiced together for an extended period. The line, and how it will react to game conditions, is one of the Trojans' biggest mysteries heading into Thursday's opener at Hawaii. To stave off injuries, USC conducted full-contact tackling drills only once early in training camp. So offensive linemen have not practiced cut blocking or played at full speed.
August 19, 2010 |
USC center Kristofer O'Dowd has been named to several preseason All-America and All-Pacific 10 Conference teams. But the senior from Arizona is not paying much attention. "You can't get caught up in that hype because you really haven't done anything yet," O'Dowd said. "So I try to do my best to stay out of the papers and the websites and focus on the season. " O'Dowd, 6 feet 5 and 300 pounds, is hoping for a healthy start. In 2009, O'Dowd suffered a dislocated kneecap during training camp, sat out the season opener against San Jose State and then rushed back in time to play the next week at Ohio State.
April 3, 2010 |
Is USC tough enough? Throughout the first week of spring practice, new Coach Lane Kiffin never missed a chance to emphasize that toughness and discipline were the watchwords of the new regime. On Saturday, after the Trojans' first practice in pads, Kiffin seemed to take the theme a step further. With the number of available offensive lineman dwindling and other positions such as fullback short-handed because of injuires, Kiffin did not mince words. "I'm concerned to know, could they have kept going?"
December 8, 2009 |
After finishing the regular season on a down note, USC players sounded Monday as if they'd accepted their status as an Emerald Bowl participant. "A lot of people on the outside are looking at it in a negative way, and probably a couple on the inside too," junior center Kristofer O'Dowd said before a team meeting. "But you have to look at it as being fortunate." USC will play Boston College on Dec. 26 at AT&T Park in San Francisco. The game is a few steps down from the Rose Bowl, but players seemed eager to play together one final time.