"On the Oregon telecast they called them the duo receiver in the conference," he said. "So we're going to have our hands full."
"Them" refers to Cal's tandem of Keenan Allen and Marvin Jones, who have a combined seven touchdowns on the season. Through the same amount of games, USC's duo of Robert Woods and Marqise Lee have combined for nine scores.
Woods heard about the praise for the Bears' twosome.
"When someone said that I was like 'what?,' he said, laughing. "But no Cal, they do have a great receiving duo [in] Marvin Jones and Keenan Allen. They're a great group. But I have a lot of confidence in our group."
Cal's Allen has the longest touchdown reception of the two teams, one for 90 yards. Woods is right on Allen's tail with an 82-yard catch and run. Both the Bears and the Trojans have had three other receivers score this season, separate from their hyped duos.
"I mean people can say what they want. I'm not really worried about it. I'm not going to shoot them down," Lee said. "I do believe they got a great receiver core over there. It's just going to be a competition of the best of the best receivers."
Kiffin is obviously using the compliment as motivation for his players who have run track meets against opponents in five games.
"You got to prove it. If we want to be the best duo we got to show up this Thursday and prove it."
Always the competitor, Woods is using the label to motivate him.
"I don't know about Marqise but it fires me up. We just got to put on a show and show who is best," he said.
Carswell Coming Home
Wide receiver Brandon Carswell lives about 45 miles outside of San Francisco in Milpitas, Calif. He said he had to ask teammates for tickets, as he expects the turnout from family in friends to be in the high 20s.
"I tried to. Everybody seemed to be using their tickets though, so I kind of had to tell everybody they have to buy their own."
Despite the homecoming, No. 80 said he doesn't have any activities planned apart from the team.
"My mom said she's going to try and make it up there before that Wednesday when we get in but I think I'm just going to be with the team.
"It's just fun being back home and playing there," he said.
-Head coach Lane Kiffin said receiver Marqise Lee would be lining up at Oregon if the Trojans had recruited him at defense.
-Lane Kiffin said Friday that the right guard spot has been noticeably better. When John Martinez was asked about that today, he said he does feels like he's become more of a staple on that front five, attributing that to an improved confidence.
"Confidence eliminates all the mental errors technique-wise and eliminates all the things that I don't have to worry about anymore, just a lot of freshman-kind of stuff."
-The team spent a large amount of time on special teams in practice, the kick coverage team again donning those UCLA-themed jerseys.
-Today's practice was not in pads. It was a little more intense than a walkthrough although linebackers coach Joe Barry didn't think his players acted like it. He made sure to highlight that Monday's session was not a walkthrough when he thought his players weren't going full out.