July 26, 2011 |
Lane Kiffin went on … and on … and on. Taking a cue, perhaps, from a seasoned politician, USC's coach stretched his opening statement Tuesday at Pacific 12 Conference media day to nearly nine minutes. "I've eaten up all the time," Kiffin finally joked, "so there are no hard questions you can ask me right now. " Kiffin and the Trojans will begin finding answers next week when they open training camp in preparation for Kiffin's second season. USC is coming off an 8-5 record in 2010, its worst season since 2001.
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.
December 4, 2010 |
USC rushing offense vs. UCLA rushing defense: The Trojans have been Tailback Who more than Tailback U this year. Leading rusher Marc Tyler has had stellar moments, as has Allen Bradford. But freshman Dillon Baxter traveled farther on a golf cart than he has on the field. The flip side is that UCLA's youth, inexperience and shoddy tackling have led to big days for running backs, though linebacker Akeem Ayers can have a dramatic impact on a game. Advantage: USC. USC passing offense vs. UCLA's passing defense: If Matt Barkley plays, the Trojans are more dangerous.
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.
August 15, 2011 |
USC took Monday off from practice, but players still attended meetings in preparation for their Sept. 3 opener against Minnesota. That gave USC's running backs coach another chance to quiz and encourage his charges. "I've finally got the [meeting] room the way I always had it," the coach formerly known as Kennedy Pola said last week. Much has changed since the former Trojans fullback returned to USC in 2010 for his second stint as an assistant coach. His name, for one. It won't be official until all of the legal paperwork he initiated has been processed, but he already is listed as Kennedy Polamalu in the school's 2011 media guide.
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.
November 24, 2010 |
Dillon Baxter was reinstated Wednesday by the NCAA, clearing the way for the USC tailback to play Saturday against Notre Dame. "Hopefully, this week he can do some things for us," Coach Lane Kiffin said. "And what better game for it to happen in. " Baxter was ruled ineligible for last week's game at Oregon State after accepting a golf-cart ride on campus from a student who is also an agent. He was reinstated after making a $5 donation to charity ? the approximate value of the prohibited extra benefit he received.