The talented fullback missed Friday's practice because he was late returning to Los Angeles after the Trojans' three-day Christmas break, and today Pete Carroll announced that Havili is currently academically ineligible to practice.
"He's not cleared academically. He can't practice until he's (cleared)," Carroll said. "We won't know until next week, Monday or Tuesday."
While Havili is unable to practice, his academic status could be cleared up on Monday or Tuesday.
With Havili's status uncertain, freshman D.J. Shoemate received extended work with the first-team offense at practice on Saturday.
If Havili is unavailable for the Rose Bowl, USC's offense would be without one of their most important and versatile performers.
The redshirt sophomore is fourth on the team with 24 receptions for 324 yards and 3 touchdowns. He also has 71 rushing yards for the Trojans.
News and Notes
- Kevin Ellison and Stanley Havili were among the players that didn't participate in practice on Saturday.
- It appears that Kevin Ellison may not be available to play in the Rose Bowl against Penn State. The senior safety still hasn't practiced since the UCLA game and hasn't responded to rehab the way the coaches hoped he would.
"He's not looking really good," Carroll said of Ellison. "He's not looking like he is responding as well as we had hoped at this time."
- Tailback Stafon Johnson practiced without any setbacks on Saturday.
"It's good. I practiced well today and it held up," Johnson said. "I made some good cuts today, so it feels good."
- Wide receiver Damian Williams practiced in pads on Friday but won't be cleared for contact until game day.
- Mark Sanchez said he has been very impressed with Penn State's defense on film and praised defensive lineman Aaron Maybin.
"On the film they are all around the ball," Sanchez said. "[Aaron] Maybin's been harassing quarterbacks all year long. Their secondary is stingy. They play their schemes very well. They look really good."
- USC head coach Pete Carroll said he has great respect for what Joe Paterno has been able to accomplish in his career at Penn State, and is thrilled to be able to coach against a legend.
"It's a nice aspect of this game. It's fun to have this opportunity and I look forward to it. It's exciting to have the opportunity to go against him in such a big setting and big match-up. I have great respect for him, like everyone has and he is well-deserving of all of it."
- The sidelines were packed with fans and family members at Howard Jones Field on Saturday. A scene that was foreign to the out of state members of the media.
"We want to practice hard every day. The more atmosphere here the better," Carroll explained. "We never play without crowds. We never do anything without people around, so I feel that the more energy around the practice field the better."
- The Trojans were headed to The Improv after practice for a night of comedy as part of the Rose Bowl festivities.
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