CHASEinNYC:: wow, I'll tell you, this is the most nervous I can remember SC fans since the 2002 Wazzu game
toner 1:: Garry, I'm pumped but also
very nervous. I think
SC POOH BAH:: I feel pretty good about this game
GarryP:: I agree they are good and so are we. I'm feeling pretty confident right now.
SC POOH BAH:: we're going to leave it ALL on the field Saturday
toner 1:: we need to get a lead early. None of this falling behind by 10 or so
GarryP:: This kind of game is what our program is all about these days. It would really surprise me if we don't come out sharp. The biggest thing I noticed at practice this week is how sharp we are.
1crazytrojan1:: So is my man Chris Barrett going to finally make an impact..heard he has look good at practice
GarryP:: Barrett could be key. He was fighting Frostee for the starting job before he got hurt in fall camp so he's shown us he can do a good job.
chadsc95:: especially if Groots is hurt and Rivers has to play WB
GarryP:: chad - yes, it would be nice to have the extra body like Barrett and LaJuan Ramsey would be a nice bonus as well for the DL
1crazytrojan1:: Is Ramsey 100%
GarryP:: no, Ramsey isn't 100%. He
wasn't 100% in the
SCtradition:: What kind of speed does Barrett have 40?
trojaneddy:: 4.6to 4.7
toner 1:: so, is Bing completely out for this game?
GarryP:: I havent heard anything official on Bing but it doesn't look good.
toner 1:: that's a blow. I thought Darnell has really picked up his play
CHASEinNYC:: I agree on Bing
SC POOH BAH:: Bing wasn't much of a factor last year...in a positive way, anyway
SC POOH BAH:: we'll be fine
Nighty:: Ware has to work on his concentration... He seems to fall asleep at times.
1crazytrojan1:: I agree as well ..night and day his game against Stanford and Va Tech
CHASEinNYC:: I like getting Leach back to his normal position
CHASEinNYC:: that is the only net benefit I see
GarryP:: I do think Leach is a better SS than FS although I like him at both spots.
CHASEinNYC:: one guy I would love to still have on the team is DeShaun Hill
CHASEinNYC:: he really had a great senior year at FS
toner 1:: I think Leach has been underrated since he's been here. Very steady
CHASEinNYC:: we could really use that Saturday
Nighty:: How about Groots?
GarryP:: Groots didn't practice yesterday and I don't know yet if he will practice today. He said it felt better than he thought it would so hopefully that's a good sign.
Nighty:: For Groots, it's not the same high ankle sprain from last year is it?
GarryP:: no, it's a different spot with the ankle for Groots
SC POOH BAH:: Garry...I hear Groots was in real pain initially
GarryP:: It was obvious that there was something wrong with Groots right away
chadsc95:: is rivvers better off the end or better at WB...as fans we haven't got to see much at WB?
Nighty:: Rivers may be poised for a breakout game...
GarryP:: There's a battle on the coaching staff for where Rivers will play.
chadsc95:: who is battling for what with Rivers
GarryP:: DL and LB coaches both want him
Nighty:: Who starts, Arbet or Easy E?
chadsc95:: I hope E...he has come a long way
GarryP:: I think Arbet starts, that's what we're seeing right now
Scott4USC:: Could it be a ploy with Bing, Schweiger, and Groots and then all 3 have huge games on Sat?
wstripes:: I was thinking the same thing scott
CHASEinNYC:: I think you guys are wishing
CHASEinNYC:: I hate to say
Scott4USC:: You know how it is... Someone has an injury or an illness, then they come in and have their game of the year
toner 1:: I was pretty impressed with Sanchez last weekend. Big arm. I can see why the SC staff didn't offer Bomoll. Big kid, but slow. Reminded me of Bowen.
wstripes:: Sanchez will be the number two qb next year imo
Scott4USC:: Stripes, no... In 2 years
wstripes:: I bet you next year.
CHASEinNYC:: If Sanchez can beat out Rocky, then Rocky will be one hell of a WR
GarryP:: i don't disagree stripes
Scott4USC:: #2 with Booty #3??
toner 1:: and we need receivers
1crazytrojan1:: Rocky will not play Wr..he would leave and go QB somewhere else
CHASEinNYC:: yeah, how is Sanchez gonna beat out Booty?
SC POOH BAH:: stripes...is that assuming Leinart leaves early
Scott4USC:: Or are you assuming Leinart's gone
wstripes:: Booty hasn't developed from what I've heard...needs to work harder
CHASEinNYC:: Booty looked pretty good at the Huddle to me
Nighty:: GP, are we looking at Lavelle Hawkins?
GarryP:: not right now on Hawkins
USC1MBA:: Garry any word on Brandon Hancock?
GarryP:: Brandon Hancock will redshirt unless something dramatic happens
Nighty:: Agree. Krtman has been a pleasant surprise.
texan4SC:: GP...do you expect anyone to committ this weekend..??
GarryP:: I don't know if we'll see a commit but we should start to see some in the near future. I'm going to post an updated recruiting list tomorrow.
wstripes:: I could see Ekom giving a shhhhhhhh
USC1MBA:: Thanks Garry - How are we doing with Marlon Lucky?
toner 1:: I like our chances with Wells
CHASEinNYC:: the better question is how Marlon Lucky is doing with grades
toner 1:: chase, agree on that
USC1MBA:: thanks chase didn't know it was an issue
1crazytrojan1:: grades in October..way to early
SC POOH BAH:: He was wondering the same about you, Chase
wstripes:: I want wells because he's qualified
CHASEinNYC:: my grades are terrible
CHASEinNYC:: that is well-known
GarryP:: I like the fact that our coaches took a second look at Jonathan Stewart. Just because we passed on him in spring that didn't stop us from taking another look and now we'll be recruiting him. If we offer, he will consider us.
toner 1:: me too, in regards to Wells. Stewart also looks intriguing
wstripes:: We need Rocky Seto to recruit Stewart
jacksonsf:: Garry, what is up with Stewart? He is a religious guy, perfect guy for McNair to target.
GarryP:: Things have gone well in the last week with Stewart.
trojaneddy:: stewart is awesome. i like him asa combo tb fb
jacksonsf:: in a normal year, there
would be no way that
Scott4USC:: Also Garry, why have we not offered O'Neil (I think that's his name)... #1 CB in the country
wstripes:: going to OSU
Nighty:: Didn't he commit to OSU?
USC1MBA:: How are we doing with King?
GarryP:: King will visit later this
month, still saying
toner 1:: I think we have a good shot at King
USC1MBA:: how about Kevin Thomas?
GarryP:: I like our chances with him. A solid showing this weekend and he is probably ours.
wstripes:: it would be nice if we could convince Harris and King to come and play opposite eachother....wishful thinking
wstripes:: Garry, have you heard anything new on Callahan Bright
toner 1:: I don't like our chances with Bright.
GarryP:: no on Bright. One name that is popping up is Marques Slocum from PA. We're starting to recruit him hard. He can play either OL or DL.
Nighty:: GP, anything up with Ryan Reynolds?
toner 1:: he'll go to OU-Reynolds
GarryP:: no on Reynolds. Our interest is picking up with Kaluka Maiava
Nighty:: He reminds me of Bosworth
wstripes:: How many Lb's are we looking to bring in?
toner 1:: Garry, I don't see SC taking more than 3 LB's. Four tops. I'm more worried about depth at WR
wstripes:: Rey, Luther,
toner 1:: those are the 3 LB's I see SC getting
GarryP:: those would be three pretty solid backers
trojaneddy:: what is maiava 40 speed and ht amd wt?
GarryP:: 6-0, 215, 4.6 40 on Kaluka
troy76:: Garry: any sense from the coaching staff on theirconfidence level as to our chances for this game?
toner 1:: Is anyone as impressed with Rodgers as I?
Scott4USC:: So anyone here legitimately concerned about Saturday?
chadsc95:: have to be concerend
about this game..I think
Nighty:: We will jump on them early
chadsc95:: I think great idea to come out firing but has not been this teams personality
Nighty:: The D is going to make a statement
SC POOH BAH:: Pressure on
SC POOH BAH:: can't give that guy time
toner 1:: containment too-Rodgers
Nighty:: PC is going to out him on his back, just like with Anderson (OSU) in '02
chadsc95:: are we seeing any more confidence out of the receivers? I think they came a long way in the 2nd half at Stanford
chadsc95:: indeed...in addition to our coverage...i think we will be blitzing all ove rthe place in the first half
Scott4USC:: Rodgers is a great QB... Need to contain him and make him throw mistakes
toner 1:: we also can't let Arrington or Lynch have big runs
SC POOH BAH:: toner...I don't recall
Scott4USC:: What year is Arrington?
SC POOH BAH:: senior
chadsc95:: Arr a JR I think
chadsc95:: my bad
Nighty:: I worry about the kickoff coverage team... Seems like we are missing Pola here...
toner 1:: yes, Rodgers can run a
little bit. He's light years ahead of
Scott4USC:: We need to control Lyman at WR....
Scott4USC:: Garry, what do you think
about our chances against
GarryP:: I like our chances a
lot. With all due respect to
USC1MBA:: YES! Garry!
toner 1:: Nighty, that's a good point. Don't kickoff to Lynch
CHASEinNYC:: Is Lynch that good of a return guy?
USC1MBA:: From the last game - Kal went deep a couple of times - OSU couldn't tackle
SC POOH BAH:: not giving
Nighty:: No way.
chadsc95:: I think biggest thing is that SC comes out with a goal in mind...last few games seems like the goal has been to get to halftime so adjustments can be made...would like to see much more aggression
Nighty:: Kileen needs to put them in the endzone
USC1MBA:: Lyman did not burn anyone
CHASEinNYC:: I hate to say it, but when Kileen is kicking the ball, bad things happed to SC....
trojaneddy:: rodgers can scramble wll and has like 4.5 to 4.6 speed. he is elesive when he needs to be
CHASEinNYC:: either missed FGs or big returns off kickoffs
toner 1:: Lyman did a pretty good job against the OSU corners
Scott4USC:: Chase, I wouldn't say
this team succeeds and fails with
Nighty:: I'm calling 'SC, 34 -21
troy76:: i like to hear that
SanJoTrojan:: this is IMO the first big time test for our corners
SC POOH BAH:: Lynch has been pretty good returning the ball so far
Scott4USC:: 45-31 USC
toner 1:: big test
SC POOH BAH:: hasn't been tested really
chadsc95:: BIG Test
GarryP:: This is a big time test for everybody and our guys are ready for it.
SanJoTrojan:: our coverage vs. stanford left a lot to be desired too
CHASEinNYC:: Scott, I would say that 40% of bad things have Kileen involved in some capacity, even if he is not the culprit
USC1MBA:: Kal was good last week, but OSU just played horrible
trojaneddy:: lyman is good , but their overall passing scheme is what we have to concentrate on
Scott4USC:: True, but I don't think it trickles down to the rest of the team
Scott4USC:: And don't forget Mcrthur
SC POOH BAH:: Garry...I wish our health was a little better coming into this game
Nighty:: Special teams play will be huge
toner 1:: how great would it be if
Nighty:: Key to the game...
SC POOH BAH:: I'm sure we're ready mentallly...but physicallly???
GarryP:: Pooh - Groots is the one I need to see out there on Saturday. I 'm really hoping he's able to play
toner 1:: I think it's a lot to ask Dom to perform like he hasn't missed a beat.
Nighty:: Byrd has been practicing at full speed
GarryP:: Yes, Byrd is moving with good speed. I think his play this week has been a very pleasant sight.
USC1MBA:: SC needs to prepare for Kal's 4 receiver set - they only ran it in the Red zone against OSU
Nighty:: But your are right Toner, game speed is different
GarryP:: The great thing with Dom is that he kept himself in good condition throughout his rehab so now that the kneecap is healed he's in pretty good conditioning shape.
toner 1:: we need to get Bush in one-on-one situations
USC1MBA:: SC will score this weekend with O, D and Special teams
toner 1:: that would be nice
trojaneddy:: is our oline starting to gel? anyone seen improvements?
toner 1:: I think our OL is improving all the time
GarryP:: I agree toner. Think about what this line will look like next year
toner 1:: yes, all we really lose is Drake(Watkins too)
trojaneddy:: toner, our o will be sick next yr. Our d will be good too
toner 1:: Lofa has been playing like a all conference LB
jeffsftrojan:: Toner Lofa has been great - especially reports of his halftime speech.
trojaneddy:: will Dennis get some carries this game?
GarryP:: Dennis has looked great in practice and I think it will depend on the flow of the game.
wstripes:: does dennis have good hands?
GarryP:: Yes, very good hands
murraysmocha:: HD looked great at Stanford. It was a welcome sight. Will it ever be 3 in the rotation again?
trojaneddy:: dennis has good hands
murraysmocha:: A lot of ways Patch
could be used. It would be nice to
make up for that goal line fumble last year at
Scott4USC:: Garry do you have any
GarryP:: yes, they are a damn good team. With that being said I think our team, coaches and players alike, are as focused and ready for this game as any. This game goes right to the pride of everyone in our program.
SanJoTrojan:: Garry, i'm lovin what you're sayin. Gives me even more reason to feel confident!
Scott4USC:: Predictions fellas... Score and team you think will win...
Scott4USC:: 45-31 USC
jeffsftrojan:: 35-21 USC
trojaneddy:: 45-24 USC
USC1MBA:: SC 42-28 Kommies (already posted)
SanJoTrojan:: Care to give a score prediction Garry??
toner 1:: 28-24 SC
GarryP:: I don't know about the score but I'm definitely seeing a Trojan win.
jacksonsf:: I think that this is the
biggest game in the last 50 years for
murraysmocha:: It sure would be nice to win big and shock the world.
jacksonsf:: Garry, , any chance of seeing Schweiger? He is guickly turning into my favorite player.
GarryP:: Schweiger says he will try to stretch and so some running today so there's a chance he may play. It didn't sound too encouraging.
USC1MBA:: Garry any word on when the parking opens?
GarryP:: no, I'll try to check on parking when I go to practice today
trojaneddy:: who starts on the dline this week?
GarryP:: probably Jackson, Cody, Patterson, Rucker
trojaneddy:: garry, are there any injuries which you think will really hurt sc? Like groots or bing?
GarryP:: Groots is the one that would worry me. I just feel a lot more comfortable with him on the field