Aug 29, 2013; Honolulu, HI, USA; Southern California Trojans safety Josh Shaw (26) scores on a 35-yard interception return in the second quarter against the Hawaii Rainbow Warriors at Aloha Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports
The Trojans had a long practice today as they continue to get into season form with the upcoming Pac-12 opener with Washington State looms on Saturday.
Here’s some things to note from the day:
Kiffin says the team is really excited to play the first home game of the season in the Coliseum.
Kiffin is looking for “cleaner” play against Washington State. He singled out penalties and turnovers as areas to improve.
When it comes to the opponent this week, Kiffin expects to the Cougars to throw a lot – in the range of 70-80 attempts.
DJ Morgan and Silas Redd both wore pads today for the first time in awhile, but they left practice early for rehab. Greg Townsend, JR Tavai and Anthony Brown also left early. Kevon Seymour dressed for practice as well.
Jabari Ruffin has stood out to Kiffin in the new scheme and is the player who has benefited most from Morgan Breslin’s injury spell.
Kiffin praised safety Josh Shaw for his hard work, consistency and athleticism and revealed that Shaw’s number change from 26 to 6 was a reward for his play. Shaw had been asking for the change to a single digit for awhile and the coaches didn’t inform him of the change, they just changed the number in his locker.
Shaw has taken some reps at cornerback with Brown out injured, though he continues to thrive at safety.