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Lane Kiffin and his squad got back to work on Tuesday preparing for Washington. A few players that got dinged up against Utah spoke about their progress, and Kiffin gave an update on the Marqise Lee at cornerback situation.
Here’s a rundown of what happened:
As this game is another installment of the battle between former USC offensive coordinators, the media asked Kiffin many questions about the rivalry between he and Steve Sarkisian. He deflected all of them, instead referring to it as “healthy rivalry between 2 schools,” not coaches.
Kiffin said he expects a very hostile road environment in Washington, especially because of the crowd noise. However, he says his team has gained good experience with three road trips already. He feels the team has played well so far, winning by double digits except against Stanford, where they were “out-coached and outplayed.”
Regarding Lee, Kiffin said he will not play cornerback at all this season, but he did leave the door open for it at a later time. Instead, S Josh Shaw got reps opposite Nickell Robey today. Lee told the media that he didn’t think Kiffinr eally gave the idea any serious thought. “It was just an idea. I knew he [Lane] wasn’t going to agree with it, but it was worth a try,” Lee told the media.
RB Curtis McNeal told Pedro Moura of ESPNLA that during Thursday night’s game, he failed his concussion test when he could not answer the math question he was asked. WR Robert Woods said he underwent a concussion test on Monday and that he was cleared. Woods continued to tell the media that during the game, his mom got so nervous that she turned off the tv. His aunt later told her that he was back in the game and that he had scored.
RB Silas Redd said a back issue kept him out late in the game against Utah, but he felt fine today.
Seattle native OL Zach Banner has earned a spot on the travel roster this weekend. “This is a big bone he [Kiffin] threw me,” he said of the opportunity.
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