"They came out flying around today," said Oregon head coach Chip Kelly after Wednesday morning's practice concluded. "We're where we need to be after a Wednesday practice. They came out and practiced really hard today which is good." The bulk of this morning's practice consisted of third down work, pass protection, and blitz pickups, which will undoubtedly be a key as the Ducks fly south to Los Angeles to take on the USC Trojans Saturday night at L.A. Memorial Coliseum.
Despite an undefeated record and a No. 1 national ranking in the AP, Coaches' and Harris polls, there is little doubt the Ducks won't have a fight on their hands when they clash with a hungry and rested USC team (5-2 overall, 2-2 conference) who will be treating Saturday's game as if it's their national championship, as NCAA sanctions have banned the Trojans from postseason play for the next two years. For Kelly, an indicator to him that his team is equipped to play a game of this magnitude, has been their focus and attitude from the beginning of the week till now.
"They're picking up on things," said Kelly. "They're going to make mistakes (throughout the course of a week), but it's 'Do you continue to make the same mistake?' and what's your mental focus and do you get distracted...our guys aren't."
Official Oregon Injury Report:
RB Kenjon Barner (head), CB Anthony Gildon (leg), DB Javes Lewis
*Barner was once again limited today as he wore a red non-contact jersey over his pads. He was however wearing a helmet as he participated in a number of conditioning drills.
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