Perfect Timing for a Bye

No. 13 USC enters its bye week 3-1 on the season. Coach Lane Kiffin says his Trojans' are mentally and physically tired and need the rest.

Four games in and it is time for No. 13 USC to take a breather. Coach Lane Kiffin says the Trojans' bye-week couldn't come at a better time, "I do believe that this team is very mentally and physically tired," he said.

The Trojans played tough back-to-back road games, first 3,000 miles across the country in New Jersey against a nagging Syracuse team and then again just 300 miles north against a Cardinal opponent who simply outmatched the Trojans on that given Saturday – what Kiffin now refers to as "the debacle at Stanford."

Kiffin says the pressure and expectations of being a top preseason squad has added to the fatigue that has taken over his team.

"I think it's good for our team to regroup and get back at it," said quarterback Matt Barkley.

The Trojans have a few notable players who hope to mend over the week, including center Khaled Holmes and tailback D.J. Morgan. "(It's) about getting healthy and getting some real rest," Kiffin said.

After the bye, USC will be in the heart of their Pac-12 conference schedule. The Trojans be on the road three of the next four weeks, only to return home to face No. 2 Oregon.

USC will travel to Utah for Thursday night football next week.

With the bye week, USC coaches will be on the road throughout the week to recruit.

"We want to make sure that we're continuing to maintain the level that we've been recruiting at and that nationally players understand the importance of our future," Kiffin said after practice on Tuesday.

He says coaches left Sunday and will be in and out throughout the week.

Notably absent from practice Tuesday was Defensive Line Coach Ed Orgeron, Receivers Coach Tee Martin, and Secondary Coach Marvin Sanders.

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