October 30, 2010 |
USC receiver Ronald Johnson , who had taken a back seat to freshman Robert Woods the last few games, reemerged in the Trojans' 53-32 loss against top-ranked Oregon on Saturday at the Coliseum. Johnson, a senior, caught four passes for 65 yards and a touchdown. He also caught a two-point conversion pass and returned four punts for 94 yards, including a 55-yarder that helped set up a third-quarter go-ahead touchdown. Woods wasn't bad, either. He had seen catches for 58 yards and returned eight kickoffs for 200 yards.
November 25, 2010 |
While senior quarterback Mitch Mustain remains on track to start for USC for the first time Saturday against Notre Dame, freshman Tommy Rees is preparing for his third start for the Fighting Irish. Don't expect Rees to be overcome by playing in a historic stadium. Taking over for injured starter Dayne Crist , he made his first start at home in the shadow of Touchdown Jesus. Then came a neutral site matchup at Yankee Stadium against Army. Now, Rees ? who lived in California as a boy when his father, Bill , served as a UCLA assistant and recruiting coordinator ?
November 11, 2010 |
USC receiver Robert Woods , slowed last week because of a back injury and illness, is looking to return to his highlight-reel form on Saturday night at Arizona. Woods caught 26 passes and scored five touchdowns in the three games leading up to last week's game against Arizona State. But the freshman from Carson was limited in the Trojans' 34-33 victory at the Coliseum, catching only three passes for 18 yards. "You can definitely tell, without his presence, how much our offense was kind of changing," quarterback Matt Barkley said Thursday.
October 26, 2010 |
Monte Kiffin is architect of the famed Tampa 2 defense, a scheme that USC's assistant head coach for defense acknowledged Tuesday would be of no use against top-ranked Oregon and its high-speed spread attack. "The Tampa 2 isn't exactly what you shut down the triple option with," he said, laughing. "That's for a whole different deal. " Kiffin, father of Coach Lane Kiffin , had great success with the Tampa 2 in the NFL. But he was running different schemes when he faced the wishbone and other offensive styles during college coaching stints at Nebraska, Arkansas and North Carolina State before moving to the NFL in the early 1980s.
November 7, 2010 |
USC freshman tailback Dillon Baxter started for the first time Saturday night in the Trojans' Pacific 10 Conference game at the Coliseum. Baxter rushed for 52 yards in a team-high 17 carries and caught four passes for 26 yards. It marked the end of a comeback of sorts for Baxter, who was suspended for the season opener against Hawaii because of a violation of team rules. Baxter had played as a backup to junior Marc Tyler and senior Allen Bradford and went into the game having rushed for 183 yards and a touchdown in 37 carries.
September 7, 2011 |
Robert Woods felt as if he was in sync with quarterback Matt Barkley during a record-setting, 17-reception performance in USC's season opening victory over Minnesota. Afterward, he also felt sore. "That was like three games of catches," he said Wednesday. "Three games of hits. " To preserve the sophomore receiver, USC Coach Lane Kiffin plans to rest Woods during Thursday practices. Woods does not favor the idea. He prefers being in the huddle as the Trojans prepare for Saturday's inaugural Pacific 12 Conference game against Utah at the Coliseum.
October 15, 2011 |
Quarterback Matt Barkley and receiver Robert Woods spent the first half of the season mostly having their way with opposing defenses. So when USC's potent passing combination struggled against California, the Trojans required and received a strong performance from their oft-criticized defense and improved their record to 5-1. "Robert and Matt played their poorest game of the year between the two of them," USC Coach Lane Kiffin ...
October 20, 2011 |
How would Robert Woods defend Robert Woods? "I don't think I want to say," USC's star receiver said Thursday, laughing. By his standards, Woods had an off game last week against California, catching a season-low five passes, so he's hoping to break out for a big game Saturday against Notre Dame. And there's not a whole lot the Fighting Irish defense might be able to do to stop him, said Kerry Cooks , Notre Dame's cornerbacks coach. "They move him around, so you can't really get a bead on him where you'd like to run some combination coverages and potentially bracket the guy," he said.
August 20, 2010 |
USC goes into survival mode Saturday, Coach Lane Kiffin hoping his team can get through a limited-contact scrimmage without major injury in the final workout before classes begin. Kiffin was holding his breath Friday when senior tailback Allen Bradford went down because of an apparent knee injury. Bradford was carted out of the practice facility at the end of the workout with an ice bag wrapped around his left knee. Bradford said later that doctors told him he suffered no ligament damage.
October 13, 2010 |
USC tailback Allen Bradford , who was mostly shut down last week at Stanford, is looking to regain his form of two weeks ago when the Trojans play California on Saturday at the Coliseum. Bradford rushed for 223 yards in USC's 32-31 loss to Washington on Oct. 2. He was held to 33 yards in the Trojans' 37-35 loss to Stanford. "There were a few times when I could have cut back and other times when I should have stayed on track," he said Wednesday. "I've got to be a little more patient on some runs and explode on others.