Pete Carroll and the USC coaching staff had to get creative this week when putting together the 64-man travel roster due to several injuries and illnesses.
"We are pleased that we get the defensive guys back, but we are going to miss Joe (McKnight) and Butch (Lewis) for sure," Carroll said. "This creates opportunities for some other guys."
At running back, the Trojans will be without Joe McKnight (turf toe), Allen Bradford (torn labrum) and Marc Tyler (hip flexor). As a result, they will rely heavily on Stafon Johnson and C.J. Gable, with Broderick Green getting some playing time as well.
Brian Cushing and Kaluka Maiva practiced on Thursday and will play against the Washington State Cougars but Mike Morgan and Malcolm Smith should see more playing time than usual. Linebacker Jordan Campbell will miss the game due to an illness.
Jeff Byers, who rested his sore knee in practice this week, will start, but offensive tackle Butch Lewis will miss the game with an illness. With the absence of Lewis, Nick Howell will start at right tackle and Charles Brown will start at left tackle.
Coach Carroll also said that freshman offensive tackle Tyron Smith will get playing time this Saturday.
The defensive line will be without defensive end Everson Griffen, who didn't attend practice this week with an illness.
Wide receiver Jordan Cameron will also miss the trip to Pullman because of an illness.
Lombardi Award Semifinalists
USC linebackers Brian Cushing and Rey Maualuga have been named Rotary Lombardi Award Semifinalists. The Lombardi Award is given annually to the top lineman or linebacker in college football. Below is a full list of the semifinalists:
Brian Cushing, Linebacker, University of Southern California
Auston English, Defensive End, University of Oklahoma
James Laurinaitis, Linebacker, The Ohio State University
Alex Mack, Offensive Lineman, University of California
Rey Maualuga, Linebacker, University of Southern California
Michael Oher, Offensive Tackle, University of Mississippi
Brian Orakpo, Defensive End, The University of Texas
Duke Robinson, Offensive Lineman, University of Oklahoma
George Selvie, Defensive End, University of South Florida
Andre Smith, Offensive Lineman, University of Alabama
Brandon Spikes, Linebacker, University of Florida
Sean Weatherspoon, Linebacker, University of Missouri
News and Notes
- Patrick Turner had another solid day of practice on Thursday and is as comfortable with his role as he has been in his career at USC.
- Coach Carroll said Broderick Green is a part of the game plan but the Trojans will rely heavily on Stafon Johnson and C.J. Gable.