Quotes and photos from Wednesday

The Trojans held their opening practice today and running back LenDale White was able to take part in limited action. Click below for quotes and a photo gallery from practice.

Southern California Practice Quotes 12/29

Pete Carroll- Head Coach

"Living on the plains of Oklahoma is different that L.A. Obviously the program has tremendous attraction, they've been doing it forever. I've never been there, I don't know what they have over there other than fantastic tradition. They've always been able to do a great job at recruiting.

"He's been real instrumental for us, he plays a key spot in the nickel package and a particular part of our defense that's been really effective for us this year."

"I think he's pretty consistent, he hasn't changed much, he came out running real hard up inside…very physical kid. He's more in tune with the offense, with the schemes that we're running and also identifies defenses. He's brought the same attitude and intensity that's made him special from the beginning."

LenDale White – Sophomore RB

"Hopefully soon, I really don't know. I don't make that decision, I'll leave it to my trainers. Right now I'm about 85 percent, it hurts a little bit, but it doesn't hurt as bad as it has been. Almost there, it just takes a little more time."

"They're a pretty good defense, they're a great team. It's going to be a pretty fun match up."

"I did way more than I thought I was going to do. The doctor threw me the ball to see how well I could turn around, and he said I did pretty well."

"This game, it's the last game of the season, I'll do anything I can to play this game. If I got to suck up the pain for two hours, three hours, if that's what I got to do, then that's what I got to do."

"I come out here and do rehab. I wake up at 8 o'clock in the morning to do rehab, and I got to go at 9 o'clock [at night] to do rehab."

"We love the formation. We love it a lot, that's our favorite formation really, when we're there at the same time. I feel when Reggie's in the game, a lot of attention's going to Reggie, so they don't pay a lot of attention to me."

"I'd like to see playoffs just for the fun of the game. I really don't believe you can just determine the teams by just ‘We're No. 1 and No. 2,' at the end of the year. The Auburn's, the Miami's, these are all teams that if you put in a playoff situation, they might be able to do something."

Steve Smith – Sophomore WR

"A lot of the stuff was film, paying attention to little things like spacing. With Dwayne, he has natural ability and that's great, so just the little things will elevate his game."

"We've always been confident in our skills, and think we've been underrated but we've been showing people game-by-game that we can make plays with everyone."

"I see a lot of similar things. A lot of us are of the same build and route-running is the same. But I think that me and Dwayne could be a little bit more explosive just from what we learned from them two and just from where we're at right now. We're looking for big things in the future."

"As soon as they said it was a slight fracture I was excited about that. At least I could get back to the last couple of games of the season."

"They play great team defense and it's hard to beat them, they've got great linebackers."

"We just want to go out and execute. For us, we don't really worry about them, it's about us and if we go out and play the game that we should, with speed and smarts, we'll be fine."

Dwayne Jarrett – Freshman WR

"This is a great program and their offensive scheme was what I was looking for and I wanted to get away from home, but I wasn't sure if I wanted to go that far, but it all worked out."

"When he went down, us as a receiving corps we just had to all step up and keep the wheels rolling, we couldn't let our team down."

"We all just said we had to step it up a notch and just go out there and play football. We've been doing this all our lives, so it was nothing new to us, we just had to go out there and get the opportunity to do it."

"I think Oklahoma, they have a great defense and we just have to go out there and play our A game and just execute. We've seen a lot of everything because we have a great offensive scheme. There's a lot of different that we've season during the season, but I like I said, we just have to go out there and play our A game."

"I think that was the toughest transition for me. Nobody was out there, just the football, workouts and the players."

"My family and my friends and just being back there around my comfort zone, that's what I definitely missed a lot."

"As the season kicked in, I started to relax, things started to be easier for me and I had the help of my teammates and my coaches and they were 100 percent behind me at all times."

"It's just a dream come true. As a little kid, you always dream of playing in the big game."

Jeff Byers – Freshman OL

"I'm not disappointed, I don't think I exceeded my expectations. I think I could have done a lot better. There's a lot of areas I know I can just get better. I know what to do, sometimes I just screw it up. I'm trying to grow out of those growing pains. I just want to go out and get a feel for the complete program and offense and just go out there and play ball."

"I'm a little undersized right now. I feel like physically I can hold my own, but from high school to college getting thrown in with the number one team in the country, the style of offense Norm Chow's running, there' just a lot of things you got to know."

Mike Patterson - Senior DT

"As a player, we just kept our heads up, we felt like we can do better, let's go, let's get back at it. Let's work real hard, as a team, and let's go back after it. "He just has a different coaching style that everyone"

"I remember being told I was too small for the job"

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