Second, I learned that the 100-pound challenge involves young linemen like Aundrey Walker, Cody Temple, Antwaun Woods, Cyrus Hobbi and Marcus Martin. All are projects of the strength and conditioning staff to lose that high-school weight.
Third, Marc Tyler left practice early again Wednesday, which seems to be a common theme since he began practicing with the team again. Either he was going to class or avoiding the media frenzy.
Fourth, coach Justin Mesa said people should expect linebacker-turned-tight end Ross Cumming to see valuable playing time this season: "I just want to make it known that Ross didn't come over for legs and he's a viable option and there's a couple of plays for him in the gameplan."
Fifth, ending with a quote from head coach Lane Kiffin on whether the defense will be better this season: "The truth will be on Saturday in how well we tackle and how well we play and lineup. That will be what really matters. I feel better now but I remember feeling the same way a year ago. So there's a lot of unknowns going into this game, we got a lot to prove, a lot of places to improve and we got a million players that have never played a college snap."