Practice Report: Galten prepares to start

While coaches have not told him formally, junior college transfer Jeremy Galten is preparing to start against Minnesota.

LOS ANGELES – Jeremy Galten is as surprised as anyone.

Barring a sudden recovery by redshirt junior Abe Markowitz, the junior college transfer will start for USC at left guard in his first-ever college game Saturday against Minnesota.

In December, the 6-foot-5, 285-pound junior was just hoping to play FBS football before signing with the Trojans, enrolling for spring practice to provide enough bodies for the team to be able to practice.

Now with Markowitz nursing an injured left foot and missing practice once again Thursday, Galten has worked with the starters all week long.

Asked if he could have envisioned such a scenario, Galten said no way.

"I've been here for eight months now and I didn't think so. Talk to me nine months ago and I didn't even think I would be here. I've definitely put myself in the position to be where I am at," he said.

While he hasn't been sat down and told by coaches he will start, Galten is preparing as if he will.

"I'm so excited for Saturday," he said. "It's a dream come true. Just got to get it done."

It's just one more question mark for USC head coach Lane Kiffin on offensive line full of them. The Trojans return just two starters up front in left tackle Matt Kalil and center Khaled Holmes, with only Kalil having started the position he will be playing this season.

Fortunately for Galten, he will be stationed between the two of them.

Redshirt sophomores John Martinez and Kevin Graf will be stationed on the right side of the line at guard and tackle respectively.

Quarterback Matt Barkley said he has no concerns about the front five tasked with protecting him.

"I'm not worried," he said. "I don't think you can be. I think these guys are ready, Khaled up front and even the young guys that are filling in at guard.

"They will be ready."

Powder Blue Surprise
When the Trojans ended practice with a service period dedicated to special teams, the usual black jerseys worn by the scout team were eschewed in favor of something, well, different.

Powder blue and gold, the kind of jerseys you'd expect to see 13 miles away in Westwood.

Kiffin said not to read too much into their use, that they were pulled out simply because "we were bored.

"Hopefully they'll be motivated to get off service team so they won't have to wear the powder blue jerseys," he added.

Quick Hits
-Kiffin said he has not decided on a starting running back. Redshirt junior Curtis McNeal, sophomore Dillon Baxter and redshirt freshman D.J. Morgan have all seen carries on a regular rotation throughout fall camp and that has not changed this week.

Freshman Amir Carlisle (ankle) did not practice for the second consecutive day.


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