Tuesday Practice Report

After poor defensive line play against Hawaii, USC responded by moving junior Armond Armstead back to tackle on Tuesday.

Armstead Moves Again
USC coach Lane Kiffin vowed to never be a slave to his depth chart. He showed it Tuesday, moving junior Armond Armstead inside to tackle from defensive end.

While Jurrell Casey played well against Hawaii with two tackles for loss and a sack, the Trojans got little help from the players lined up next to him.

"We're going to look at a couple things to make sure we're playing the best guys and we have the right rotation down," Kiffin said. "Obviously we're not pleased with the way our defensive line played, especially with our backups. So we need to make sure we're playing the right guys."

Armstead, who has moved back and forth in his time at USC, said he is not concerned about any sort of learning curve.

"I'm a lot older," said Armstead, who had three tackles and one hurry in the season opener. "I know all the positions. I know what everybody's doing. That was the main thing when I switched (before)."

Assistant head coach Monte Kiffin said that the move was caused by the inexperience of DaJohn Harris and Hebron Fangupo, but not an indictment of them.

"We're not giving up on them, I'm telling you right now," Kiffin said. "You don't give up on players, they just need to play better."

More Monte
"I've been hard to find, I've been hiding for three days," joked the elder Kiffin, who did not speak with the media following Thursday's 49-36 win at Hawaii. "You guys finally found me, huh?"

His assessment of the game film would not have been much different from his immediate reaction after the game.

"We didn't turn the ball over one time, we didn't have a short field, things like that. Bottom line is we didn't play very good," he said.

Kiffin was especially troubled by Hawaii's conversion on one third and long.

"It's third and 28 or was it 48? It might have been 58. When teams are backed up, don't even jump offside. They're gonna hard count you. I saw Drew Brees do it, they're going do it and they got a free play. Don't give people free plays like that," he said.

He also said the back seven must be more effective in protecting the middle of the field.

"It has nothing to do with four wide, two wide or three wide or whatever," Kiffin said. "You can get 21 personnel – two tight ends, two backs and a wide receiver – and get a guy right down the middle of the field. You better not let them run down the middle of the field in Cover Two."

Bush Push
The Heisman Trust will revoke former USC running back Reggie Bush's 2005 Heisman Trophy by the end of September, Yahoo Sports reported Tuesday.

The Heisman Trust has denied the report.

"The status of the USC/Bush matter remains unchanged. Any reports to the contrary are inaccurate," Heisman Trust president William J. Dockery said in a statement.

The NCAA ruled Bush was ineligible from December 2004 through the 2005 season after having accepted thousands of dollars in cash and other impermissible benefits from two would-be sports marketers.

USC was subsequently punished with a two-year bowl ban, loss of 30 scholarships over three years and four years probation. The school is appealing those sanctions.

Bush and the Trojans did receive support from former offensive coordinator and current Washington coach Steve Sarkisian.

"I'm disappointed about the whole situation," Sarkisian said during the weekly Pac-10 coaches teleconference. "Make up your minds, are you going to punish the kid or punish the team? Which one is it?"

Hot Reads
-Cornerback T.J. Bryant (cheek) practiced in full Tuesday and could see his first action this week.

-Wide receiver Ronald Johnson on watching the tape of his 89-yard punt return touchdown: "I was just going through like, ‘what was I thinking?'"

-Lane Kiffin again expressed disappointment at the 11 penalties for 100 yards the Trojans amassed at Hawaii.

"It'll continue to be a big emphasis of ours," he said. "It's embarrassing, especially as you open the Pac-10 stats today and we're last in the Pac-10 in penalties. It is who we are until we change it."


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