Fresh off USC’s upset victory over Stanford, interim head coach Ed Orgeron had strong words after Tuesday’s practice to describe his feelings about the players who have given him a 5-1 record at the helm.
“I’d run through a wall for them. That is part of being a family.” -Orgeron on his players fully sporting him.
— Ryan Abraham (@insidetroy) November 20, 2013
His words echo the sentiments used by players regarding his leadership in place of deposed head coach Lane Kiffin after beating Arizona. Following that October 10 victory over the Wildcats, Trojan quarterback Cody Kessler had high praise for Orgeron.
“You want a coach that you will freaking just go to war for every time. This man here to my right — I don’t only speak for myself, I speak for the whole team — we would go to war for this guy any day of the week,” Kessler said. “All of us would go to war and put our lives on the line for this man any day of the week.”
Orgeron also updated the injury status of several key players. Marqise Lee, who hurt his shin late against the Cardinal, and Leonard Williams, who played through a shoulder injury, are both probable for the Colorado game. Silas Redd, who missed the Stanford game entirely, is questionable.
USC practice over. Marqise Lee on field but didn’t participate. Tre Madden, Leonard Williams did light drills.
— Rich Hammond (@RegisterUSC) November 20, 2013