Looking for Lincoln

What changes and upgrades can be expected for September 15, when the Trojans take on the Cornhuskers in Lincoln? The following is a brief overview of what to expect for this contest.

Patrick Turner

Turner wasn't available for the Idaho game. Look for him to come back and have an impact on this game. Prediction: seven receptions, 86 yards 2 touchdowns.

Josh Pinkard

Pinkard was also unavailable for the Idaho contest. If healthy, he will solidify the secondary and ensure quality depth at the position.

Linebackers

The linebacker core should be a little more solid. Brian Cushing was injured early on in the first game. He seems to be recovering well. For all the talk about depth with the Trojans, Cushing, Rey Maualuga and Keith Rivers are key to linebacker success.

Tailback

This will be a position to watch. Chauncey Washington should be ready for the game. If he is, the backfield will have a stronger presence. Make no mistake, Washington is a threat in the backfield. Otherwise, C.J. Gable and Stafon Johnson will suffice.

Offensive Line

True freshman Kristopher O'Dowd performed exceptionally well in his first college game at the center position. Look for him to build on this experience. Expect for Drew Radovich and Sam Baker to recover from injuries in the next week as well.

Defensive Line

Surprise starter Everson Griffen (true freshman) was not a huge factor his first start with the Trojans. Look for Griffen to improve (not overrun plays) and for Kyle Moore to shore up the defensive end spot.

Coaching

Pete Carroll with two weeks of preparation is just not fair. Carroll and staff prepares the team well when given extra time. The coaches need to decide which two tailbacks will carry the burden. Rotating 3-4 tailbacks against a team of Nebraska's caliber could be detrimental, two tailbacks with an occasional McKnight or RoJo should suffice.

Gametime

Saturday, September 15, 2007, 7:00 p.m., Central Time, ABC.


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