Notebook, USC Prepares for Arizona

USC moved up to No. 9 in the BCS Standings this week, but they still stand at dead last in penalties as they get ready for their last game outside of L.A. in the regular season.

Hitting Rock Bottom
Coach Lane Kiffin said during his Sunday evening teleconference with reporters that he hopes the Trojans have hit "rock bottom" when it comes to penalties, and he repeated himself on Tuesday.

"I thought we came out better in the second half and I hope that's what it's going to be like in the future," he said after practice. "I really believe the players felt rock bottom, too."

The Trojans may be at No. 9 in the BCS standings, but they're ranked 120th, the worst in college football, in penalties. They've had the flag thrown on them 69 times, amounting to 560 yards and it's even cost them points on the scoreboard.

They piled up 90 yards of penalties on Saturday against Colorado after drawing a flag 10 times. Kiffin didn't even wait for his team to enter the locker room at halftime to ream them for a display he called a "disgrace to the university."

"I think their eyes are open to it and I think the leaders are stepping up today," he said on Tuesday.

No Word on Williams
Freshman Leonard Williams was ejected from Saturday's game after being called for a flagrant foul when he punched a Colorado player in the facemask. Williams' teammates said after the game it was provoked when he was spat on.

"He's a true freshman and he made a mistake," Kiffin explained during Sunday's teleconference. "He apologized to the team for it afterwards and will definitely learn from it and grow from it. Obviously we weren't pleased."

When asked Tuesday if Williams would be suspended by the NCAA for his actions, Kiffin declined to comment, saying "I think that's confidential."

Williams started at defensive tackle the last four games for the Trojans.

It's Not Halloween, Yet.
And no, even then, Cody Kessler probably won't be dressing up as Kyle Negrete. But he did on Saturday. The backup quarterback took the field during the first half against Colorado wearing No. 35 instead of his roster-listed No. 6.

The usual suspect wearing No. 35 is punter Negrete.

Kessler held for placekicker Andre Heidari's first extra point attempt of the game. Later, he rushed for a two-point conversion that was eventually called back due to holding.

"We change jerseys all the time," Kiffin explained on Tuesday. "Our guys have changed some more this week and everything is within college rules."

Kessler said after practice that he didn't know he would be wearing No. 35 until he got to the Coliseum before the game and that he still "honestly has no idea" why he did it.

Kessler went back to his usual No. 6 after the half.

Tuerk Continues at Left Tackle
Kiffin wouldn't say on Tuesday if freshman Max Tuerk will start at left tackle on Saturday.

It was thought he might have earned the right to take the field first on Saturday against Colorado, but Walker once again proved to hold onto his starting role.

The two split time against the Buffaloes until Walker was carted off the field with an injury.

"Max took a lot of reps today just like he did last week and just like he did in the game," Kiffin said after practice. "Max played half the game last week and did a really good job, so whoever is there will do good."

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