"We have to," Kiffin explained. "If you really knew the numbers that were out there you'd understand why."
Now preparing for the fifth game game on their 13 game schedule, freshmen Max Browne, Khaliel Rodgers, Nico Falah, Kenny Bigelow and Chris Hawkins have yet to see any action, but according to Kiffin still very well could.
"We're very close to the guys who have not played playing for us.
"We're keeping them all alive and a lot of the guys who haven't even played yet and you'd think would be redshirting are taking reps with the first and second units."
USC announced only 56 scholarship players will be making the trip to Tempe (Ariz.) to face the Sun Devils on Saturday.
Falah tweeted that he is among players traveling.
Off to Arizona with the team ??— Nics (@NicoFalah) September 27, 2013