Extra Points: Takeaways from Wednesday

Some news, notes and quotes surrounding the USC Trojans after Wednesday's practice.

First, I spoke with Martin's dad today at practice and he said Kiffin has told his son Marcus that he will be travelling with the team, thus won't redshirt. Interesting piece of news for the guard situation.

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."


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