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The Trojans had another productive day of practice on Wednesday, one that saw a few key players sit out as well as one freshman get called up to starting duty.
Here are Wednesday’s practice notes:
K Andrei Heidari apologized for his missed field goals against Utah, citing his improperly-placed plant foot as the reason for the mishaps. He will also resume kickoff duty this week, he said.
When J.R. Tavai returns from injury, he could play both DE and DT. With Morgan Breslin playing lights-out through five weeks, the lack of depth at DE is less of an issue.
Coach Kiffin said that freshman DT Leonard Williams got the starting job over Antwaun Woods against Utah because he outperformed Williams during the practices leading up to that game. Expect to see more of Williams on Saturday as well. He is 2nd on the team with six tackles for loss and four sacks.
S Jawanza Starling did not practice today so Josh Shaw got reps in his place. He did not play CB today.
TE Randall Telfer, the Pac-12 Player of the Week, did not practice Wednesday.
USC DB coach Marvin Sanders talked a lot about Torin Harris today. Despite his struggles, it seems the Trojans are all-in on his starting opposite Nickell Robey.
Sanders put some of Harris having issues playing the ball on him. He said it is something they need to simulate more in practice.
Coach Kiffin told the media that he calls the plays as a head coach to build relationships with his players, which was the advice he learned from Pete Carroll.
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