Wednesday Practice Report

On Saturday, Kyle Moore will be one of sixteen USC seniors making their final trip down the tunnel of the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum and on to the turf to defend their home field.

One More for Moore

On Saturday, Kyle Moore will be one of sixteen USC seniors making their final trip down the tunnel of the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum and on to the turf to defend their home field.

"This last time coming down the tunnel is going to be very emotional," Moore said. "Running out of there and seeing 90,000-plus fans."

For Moore, Saturday's matchup against Notre Dame is another opportunity to create memories that he will carry with him for a lifetime.

"After the long haul, this is the end of my career here at the Coliseum," Moore said. "It is going to be an emotional game, but I always got to perform. I want to leave a lasting impression in the Coliseum.

"It's going to be my last time so I have to cherish it."

When asked about playing his last game at the Coliseum, the senior defensive end couldn't help but laugh about the first time he suited up for the Trojans.

"I remember the first time I ran down out of the tunnel," Moore said. "I jumped so high that I almost broke my ankle on the way down."

Four years and 22 home wins later, the Georgia-native is undoubtedly one of the veteran leaders of USC's vaunted defense, which has surrendered just one touchdown at home in 2008.

"We are a locomotive, they just keep feeding us coal, and we just keep on running," Moore said of the performance this year's defense.

The senior defensive end credits former players like Lawrence Jackson, and the example they set, for making the current defense so dominant.

"He was telling me that I have to work hard when other people don't work hard," Moore said. "He has taught me a lot and I just carry it with me and try to show these young guys how to do the same."

After practice on Wednesday, Moore took a minute to reflect on all he has accomplished at USC.

"I love it out here. I have been a three-time Pac-10 Champion," Moore said. "I love the experience out here.

"It lived up to everything that they told me. Coach Carroll told me this is a family, and it has always been that way since I have been out here."

Ellison's Status Uncertain

USC safety Kevin Ellison left practice on Wednesday after attempting to warm up with the team, and said his knee just didn't feel right.

Ellison had been cleared to play by team doctors a day earlier, but now his status for Saturday's game against Notre Dame is uncertain.

"He came out and just didn't feel right," Pete Carroll said after practice. "After warming up it just didn't feel right.

"He didn't feel like he could push around on it and run it, which is really understandable, I mean he is so far ahead of schedule."

If Ellison isn't available, Will Harris will get the start.

News and Notes

• Tight end Blake Ayles didn't practice on Wednesday and is considered doubtful for Saturday's game against Notre Dame.

"His knee just isn't responding right now," Carroll said. "He couldn't go today, and he couldn't run much yesterday, so he isn't look real good to play on Saturday."

Ayles said he has been experiencing tightness in his knee the last few days.

• Defensive tackle Armond Armstead didn't practice on Wednesday and wore a hard cast on his injured hand, but Carroll said he has been cleared to play against Notre Dame.

"He's cleared to play in the game," Carroll said. "They just want to give him as many days as they can to not bang on the cast and the fracture that he has."

• Pete Carroll mentioned senior cornerback Josh Pinkard as a player that is quietly having a very good year.

"I think he has played excellent football," Carroll said. "He's had a really quiet year in a sense because the ball isn't getting caught over there. He's made some big hits, forced fumbles and played really well in nickel situations.

"Sometimes a corner plays at his best when you don't know he's out there because they can't get any balls caught around him."

• The defense came up with the win on Turnover Wednesday, thanks to interceptions by Kevin Thomas and Michael Morgan.

If you have any questions, comments or suggestions you can reach Kevin Carden at kevin@scplaybook.com


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