USC Practice Report: Tuerk And Walker Both Likely To Play LT Vs. Colorado


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The Trojans convened at Dedeaux Field in full pads on Wednesday to continue their preparation for the Colorado Buffaloes. It was another physical practice for USC, and one that ended with Lane Kiffin showing that even he has a little sense of humor.

Here’s Wednesday’s report:

Regarding the competition between Max Tuerk and Aundrey Walker at left tackle, Coach Kiffin said he anticipates that both of them will play there on Saturday, but also that he would probably name the starter late in the week. At Washington, Tuerk played tight end, something that he apparently worked on during fall camp./li>

At corner, Kiffin has not named the No. 2 starter yet, but said it will come down to who is healthy. Shaw played there against UW and recorded one interception, after he came in to replace Torin Harris who was mildly concussed.

The head coach noted that the offense did not start particularly well today, but that it finished strong.

With the recent uptick in the presence of the running game, Kiffin fielded a variety of questions about his increasing reliance on it. He offered that it is critical that the Trojans show other programs that they can run the ball.

USC has a variety of true freshman starting, and a few of them all hail from the same region of the country. Kiffin said they have been fortunate recruiting from SEC country, with guys like CB Nickell Robey, LB Lamar Dawson and now DE Leonard Williams starting as true freshman, and all have established themselves as reliable playmakers.

Defensive Line Coach Ed Orgeron applauded Defensive Coordinator, Monte Kiffin for being at the forefront of the recruitment of Williams.

  • Before the game against UW, Kiffin apparently threw a bunch of Gatorade cups during his pre-game speech. When asked why he did that, he quipped, “I saw it in a movie.” He didn’t say what movie, but the fact that he got the idea from a film suggests Kiff might have a sense of humor after all. Life really does imitate art, it would seem.
  • Special teams coach John Baxter said “there is no excuse” for not having enough players on the field on punt or FG teams, something USC has been penalized for this season.