SCliff Notes: Thanks For Bulletin Board Material Mike Bercovici and More USC Football News


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Trash Talk… Thanks for the bulletin board material Mike Bercovici.

Not that you meant it as such. We get that you were just having a bit of fun with your friend and former teammate Antwaun Woods. But still, there’s no denying that’s grade A motivational hatorade for a thirsty Trojan defense.

“Like I said before, he [Woods] is going to be in a gas mask. That’s my goal,” Bercovici said.

“They’re not going to be able to say anything about anything, because they’re going to be sucking wind,” the back up quarterback said.

“I’ll talk to him [Woods] Sunday, when we beat them 42 to whatever the score is,” the 0-1 starter said.

Football is fun. Trash talk is even better. Especially from a guy who threw two picks in his debut against UCLA. It’s not like he’ll be facing the top intercepting team in the conference this weekend.

Nah, I’m sure it’ll all work out. 42-whatever.

In Other News…

  • The lead story Wednesday concerned Ajene Harris’ hamstring injury which will keep him out against Arizona State and perhaps opens the door for Steven Mitchell to launch his Trojan career. (Reign of Troy)
  • Something’s gotta give when it comes to the match up between the ASU offense and the USC defense. Sun Devils outscore opponents 63-13 in the first quarter, while the Trojans have no allowed an offensive touchdown in the opening period all year. (Reign of Troy)
  • From practice Wednesday, Jordan Moore has notes on the day including the connections between Antwaun Woods and the aforementioned Bercovici as well as Gerald Bowman and ASU WR Jaelen Strong. (RipsIt Blog)
  • For a bit of fun, USC athletics put together a video of players reading other Trojans’ tweets in the style of Jimmy Kimmel’s “Celebrities Read Mean Tweets” segment. (RipsIt Blog)
  • Michael Lev has Steve Sarkisian’s response to allegations that the Trojans injured a couple of Oregon State defensive linemen by using “questionable” blocking techniques. Spoiler: He disagrees. (OC Register)
  • Rahshaun Haylock thinks players like Adoree’ Jackson and a lot of growth have made USC a different team than lost to ASU last year. (Fox Sports)
  • Speaking of past USC-ASU games, we’ve got a look back at the 2005 match up featuring Matt Leinart and companies impressive comeback. (Reign Of Troy)
  • The Pac-12 has a strong crop of quarterbacks and a certain “criminally underrated” Trojan should be considered one of the cream of the crop, according to Will Hanley. (Daily Trojan)
  • Noah Camarena took a look at how USC is preparing to handle the challenges presented by the ASU offense. (Daily Trojan)
  • Brian Pedersen has USC on upset alert, but not for this weekend. He calls the early letdown game against Arizona. (Bleacher Report)

Reign Of Troy Radio:

Be sure to check out the latest episode of Reign of Troy Radio, in which we discuss “Beast Mode” Su’a Cravens, the dominant pass defense, Justin Davis’ stellar outing and the “criminally underrated” Cody Kessler.

Stat of the Day:

Arizona State is seventh nationally in plays of 40 or more yards with nine. D.J. Foster accounts for four of those, putting him fourth in the country in long plays from scrimmage.

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