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Every Sunday, USC head coach Lane Kiffin holds a teleconference with select media members, discussing his take on USC’s performance the day before, and looking forward to what he plans to do in the week to come.
Following USC’s win over Syracuse, Kiffin opened up about the things he saw against the Orange that he liked, and addressed some areas of concern for the Trojans, namely the cornerback situation.
Here are the highlights from that conversation:
USC C Khaled Holmes went down late in the game against the Orange, an ankle injury thought to be the cause of his removal from the game. Kiffin however did not have an update on the status Holmes. He also did not speak on the absence of Andre Heidari, who did not travel with the team to New Jersey.
On DE Morgan Breslin, Kiffin said the JuCo transfer has had an “unbelievable” first two games and has been the biggest surprise so far. “We needed it, we had issues at that position,” he said. Breslin has 10 tackles and two sacks in the first two weeks of play.
Kiffin felt the team improved from Week 1 to Week 2 in run blocking but he’s still seeking improvement in pass defense. “we’ve got a long way to go with pass defense. I thought that would be much improved but it hasn’t shown up yet,” he said. Currently, there is no plan to move S Josh Shaw down to CB, but that he is looking for Torin Harris, Kevon Seymour, Anthony Brown, and Brian Baucham to step up and play better.
The Trojans begin preparing for Stanford on Tuesday.
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