USC receiver Marqise Lee hasn't participated in practice since suffering an ankle sprain in the fourth quarter of USC's 62-41 loss at Arizona State on Sep. 28.
Interim head coach Ed Orgeron, who said Lee was listed as day-to-day on Friday, said Sunday after practice that Lee is "questionable" for Thursday's game hosting Arizona.
Orgeron, when asked if he thinks Lee will practice this week, said "I don't know that yet. It's day by day."
By the end of Sunday's practice the only available scholarship receiver was sophomore Nelson Agholor.
"It is what it is," Orgeron said. "This is the hand we're dealt with and we're going to go after it."
Devon Flournoy (ankle) is probable for Thursday night's game; Darreus Rogers is questionable (ankle).
Walk-on receivers Robby Kolanz and George Katrib have been lining up taking first-team reps.
Redd is repping it out
USC tailback Silas Redd is ready to burst onto the scene on Thursday in what he hopes to be his first action of the season.
The senior back took full speed contact reps Sunday with the first team. "I thought he looked pretty good," Orgeron said.
Redd led the team in rushing in 2012. He carried the ball 167 times for 905 yards and nine touchdowns.
"I'm locked in for Thursday," Redd said after practice. "Mentally, physically, emotionally – I feel 100% back to normal."
With Redd's inevitable return, it remains unclear how the rotation will be split between him, Justin Davis, and Tre Madden. Davis sprained his ankle during the bye week but is listed as probable for Thursday's game.
"It adds more depth to our stable," explained Madden after Sunday's practice. "[Redd] did great today and he looks good running. It's good to have him back because of his leadership. He's going to help us out."
Through five games Madden has rushed for 599 yards on 110 carries, including three touchdowns. Davis, just a true freshman, has 42 carries through the first five games for 335 yards and five touchdowns.
"I need to talk to [offensive coordinator] Clay [Helton] and those guys to see the rotation," Orgeron explained, "because [Madden and Davis] have worked pretty good. We need to see throughout the week where [Redd] is at to see how we can use him.
"Obviously we would love for him to play. He's a big bruising back. He's physical and he runs the ball the way we expect a Trojan back to run the ball."
The day the music died
Walking up to Howard Jones Field on Sunday afternoon there was a notable difference: no loud booming music echoing across campus.
The music has been shut off.
Orgeron will feed his player nearly anything and everything they want -- including cookies and Roscoe's, but says when it comes to music, his voice and the other coaches' is the only soundtrack he wants his players to hear.
"That's part of my makeup," he explained. "The music creates a little energy but I like them to hear us coaching. It gives us a chance to coach, especially during the individual period. It's hard to coach over the music.
"It's just a different philosophy, that's all."
(I guess I'll need to listen elsewhere to find out which hits I should download on my iPod.)
Quarterbacks wearing red
The USC offense is wearing red this week at practice… and that includes the quarterbacks.
"That's our colors," Orgeron explained after practice. "The colors last time I checked are cardinal and gold. We wear cardinal jerseys and white jerseys. Those are USC colors."
Thanks coach, for reminding us of that. But why put quarterbacks in jerseys where they could be mistaken as a hittable player?
"The yellow jersey is out. Everybody wears the same jersey. One team one heartbeat," Orgeron said.
Asked if he was worried about not being in a yellow jersey, starting quarterback Cody Kessler chuckled and said "No," though admitted he did get hit a couple times and did get his feet stepped on. "It's fine," Kessler said, smiling. "I didn't care."
2014 Bellflower (Calif.) St. John Bosco Jaleel Wadood (committed to California) was at practice Sunday evening. Wadood spent most of his time focused on watching the defensive backs. 2015 Gardena (Calif.) Serra defensive end Rasheem Green was at practice as well. "Rasheem Green!" Orgeron bellowed across the field at the end of practice.