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The Trojans continue their preparation for Arizona on Wednesday, where they met for the second practice of the week. Nothing to major happened, but a few player spoke about the impending competition and the school announced that one player has received some scholar-athlete honors.. DT Leonard Williams also spoke about evading further punishment from the Pac-12 for his indiscretions against Colorado.
In an announcement from the school Wednesday morning, QB Matt Barkley has been named the 13th National Football Foundation National Scholar-Athlete winner in the history of USC. Barkley is the first Trojan to be an NFF Scholar-Athlete since 1999, and will receive a post-college scholarship of $18,000. Previous winners included Tony Boselli and USC AD Pat Haden.
Barkley has also been named a finalist for the Campbell Trophy, joining Rex Burkhead, Nick Florence, Sean Renfree and Manti Te’o. This award is given to the nation’s top scholar-athlete.
Other defensive Trojans say their biggest concern against Arizona is fatigue because the Wildcats’ offense plays at a really quick tempo, and they will likely be playing in upwards of 80-degree weather.
LB Dion Bailey said he hopes Arizona is “as hostile as can be” when the Trojans challenge them on Saturday.
Kiffin said Arizona could easily be a team with 1 loss and he was surprised they are not ranked. He also quipped that he likes the idea of playing a 12:30 game. It fits USC’s normal schedule and the Trojans have tended to play well in early games.
Special teams coach John Baxter declined further comment on the Cody Kessler jersey switch, only saying, “I know Lane spoke about it and that’s where it’s at.”
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