Thursday Practice Report

The Trojans returned to the practice field for a crisp 45-minute workout on Thursday. Look inside for news on Rocky Seto, Damian Williams and much more.

Seto Discusses Decision to Stay

USC secondary coach Rocky Seto talked about the reasons behind his decision to remain at USC on Thursday.

"Family-wise we are so happy," Seto said. "My wife and I talked about it, prayed about it, and decided to stay.

"It was about six days of prayer and struggling over it. Being back here on the practice field felt so good."

Seto, who arrived at USC as a walk-on linebacker in 1997, has been a part of the football program ever since and just couldn't walk away from the school he loves.

"I was a volunteer when he hired me, dreaming of the day to be able to coach here," Seto said of Pete Carroll. "It has been a wonderful thing.

"He has been able to teach me his philosophy, our philosophy as a team, and I like to think I can help him stay on track with that. It's something that is important to me."

Seto said he realized becoming a defensive coordinator would have been a smart career move, but he wanted to stay in Los Angeles and continue the relationships he has built at USC.

"To me coaching and any business is about relationships and it definitely is a big factor," Seto said. "I love the guys that we get to work with."

After practice, Pete Carroll expressed his excitement over Seto's decision.

"I am really fired up about him staying with us," Carroll said. "It maintains the continuity that helps our program stay strong."

Carroll also announced that Seto will be the secondary and the assistant head coach of defense.

"Rocky gets the designation as the assistant head coach for us on defense," Carroll said. "I rely on him for keeping on track what we believe in. In that he has a special voice to me and that is what we recognize.

"As far as our roles on defense, Nick (Holt) continues to be totally in charge of all of it. That part of it stays the same."

Damian Williams Update

USC wide receiver Damian Williams played catch today for the first time since suffering a minor separation of his shoulder against UCLA.

After practice, Pete Carroll said Williams could be back on the practice field as soon as Sunday, but they are going to be very cautious about his return.

"Damian (Williams) is going to try and get back by Sunday or Monday's practice," Carroll said. "He feels pretty good but we have this opportunity to rest him.

"If we got nothing done until after the holidays we would still be OK with him."

Williams is the Trojans' leading receiver with 48 catches for 707 yards and 8 touchdowns.

News and Notes

- Kevin Ellison, Damian Williams, Blake Ayles and Adam Goodman were among the players that didn't participate in practice on Thursday.

- Kevin Ellison hasn't practiced since playing against UCLA in the final game of the regular season.

"Kevin (Ellison) isn't ready yet," Carroll said. "The game took a toll on him more than we had hoped, so we are just going to rest him as long as it takes."

- 2010 DB recruit Dietrich Riley from St. Francis HS in La Canada (Calif.) attended USC's practice on Thursday. Riley currently has offers from USC and UCLA.

- Pete Carroll said he has received an incredible amount of positive feedback after his profile on ‘60 Minutes.'

"The reason I agreed to do the piece was to help us with the work that we are doing," Carroll said. "We are always working to figure out more ways to involve more people to do the job.

"Countless people have come by to offer their assistance in their individual ways."

- Linebacker Rey Maualuga was named USC's Most Valuable Player at the annual awards banquet Wednesday night.


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