Quoting Carroll: Oregon State Edition

The USC Trojans face the Oregon State Beavers Thursday night up in Corvallis, OR. SCPlaybook's Kevin Carden caught up with USC Head Coach Pete Carroll to get the coaches thoughts on the game.

Pete Carroll on the Pac-10 opener:

"We look at this game knowing that it's Pac-10 time. Pac-10 games have always been challenging and difficult. It doesn't matter which week or who you're playing or where you're playing, they're just hard, difficult challenges. It's an exciting part of our conference. You know, you don't know what's going happen each week, so we're up against it."

Pete Carroll on the challenges of playing conference games:

"The challenges are that the coaches know other coaches. The players are not uncomfortable playing in the settings. There's a familiarity there. It's normal for Oregon State and all of the teams in our conference to play USC. It's not normal for Virginia or for Ohio State to do that. Sometimes that generates a different performance because of that."

Pete Carroll on Josh Pinkard:

"I just have always kind of thought of him as one of the best all around athletes on the team because he can do everything well. He can play safety, corner, nickel, all that stuff, and perform at a high level. I'm really excited for Josh to get this opportunity to start. I think it's come with a couple games under his belt, so his confidence is back. He's secure in what he can do. He's an unusual athlete in that he's so big for a corner and he's really fast and he's really talented athletically. He's a finesse athlete in a big body. He's a good hitter. He's smart. He gets it."

Pete Carroll on the absence of Shareece Wright:

"He's a great player. He has become one of our top cover guys. We are going to miss him covering punts as well. He's been a great gunner for us over the last couple of years."

Pete Carroll on Garrett Green as the backup quarterback:

"We feel that right now, if we are going into the game, Garrett's going in first. That's because of his command of the offense as much as anything. At this, point he is more in command and I think he will have a better time communicating and helping the other guys play well."

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