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USC Practice Report: Trojans Prepare For Uptempo Arizona Offense

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.

Wednesday’s notes:

  • 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.
  • DT Leonard Williams spoke about his punch-throwing situation against Colorado, saying, “I just won’t let that happen again.”
  • 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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