Wednesday Practice Report

Saturday could be a big day for the good folks of Colton as both Allen Bradford and Shareece Wright will likely be in the starting lineup for USC's Emerald Bowl game against Boston College. Look inside for all the news, notes and quotes from Wednesday's practice.

Saturday could be a big day for the good folks of Colton as both Allen Bradford and Shareece Wright will likely be in the starting lineup for USC's Emerald Bowl game against Boston College.

Bradford has been a steady contributor all season at tailback and is slated to start in place of Joe McKnight, who was still in Los Angeles on Wednesday, while Wright will be seeing his first action in nearly two years.

Wright started the first two games of the 2008 season before suffering a season-ending hairline fracture in practice.

Easily one of the most gifted players on the roster, Wright was expected make a big impact in 2009 as a starter at cornerback, and be a key member of USC's veteran secondary, but was ruled academically ineligible during fall camp.

Wright stayed positive throughout the season and continued to contribute during the week on the practice field. Now eligible, he has quickly worked his way back into the rotation, and is on course to start this Saturday.

"He's looked really good and he has made a lot of plays. He has always been a guy that we really liked," Carroll said. "He's savvy and tough, and he's got great speed and it just shows up. You put him out here and he makes plays every day.

"That's what good players usually do. They remind you that they are good everyday by something that they do. He's going to play a lot in the game."

Bradford started the season third on the depth chart behind McKnight and Stafon Johnson, but now finds himself as the go-to guy, after Johnson suffered a season-ending throat injury, and McKnight is in Los Angeles trying to resolve eligibility issues surrounding his use of an SUV.

"I feel bad about what happened, but things happen in football, and things happen in life," Bradford said. "You just got to be ready so when opportunity knocks, you got to answer the door. That's how I took it this year."

Facing a physical challenger in Boston College, the Trojans will counter with the bruising Bradford, who has delivered his fair share of punishing blows with his 5-11, 235-pound frame.

"I have seen it on film. I know they are going to be physical. Coach Mac was telling us today that they are different," Bradford said. "They're from the East Coast. As a whole, they are going to play us real hard. They are going to be real physical as a unit. We just have to match their physicality."

Bradford's plan of attack against the Eagles is simple: "I am going to go out there, run hard, and punish them in the beginning. Once the game starts getting to the second or third quarter, I am going start making moves because they are going to think that I am lowering my shoulder every time."

For USC fans that have been clamoring to see promising junior get a chance to showcase his talents as the No.1 back, Saturday's Emerald Bowl may be just the setting.

"Once I start getting carries and get into a rhythm, then I am warm and I feel like I can't be stopped," said Bradford, who likely get the bulk of the carries.

Hot Reads

- After Wednesday's practice, Pete Carroll said he was very pleased with the tempo and focus of the team as they prepare for the Emerald Bowl.

"Guys seem to be very spirited and into it," he said. "Everybody is paying attention to everything that we are doing and on the mark so far, so we are really happy about the preparation and the process of it. It's going good."

- With the absence of some key offensive players, fullback Stanley Havili will be a player that could have a big impact on Saturday.

"He'll be a big part of this plan. In bowl games we have always used him a lot, and had an opportunity, for whatever reason," Carroll said. "He is going to be involved in this one a lot. He's really valuable to us and we love having him and using him as a go-to type of guy."

- Carroll didn't have any updates on the status of junior tailback Joe McKnight.

- Former USC wide receiver Rod Sherman, who caught the game-winning touchdown pass from Craig Fertig in the closing minutes of the 1964 Notre Dame game, stopped by City College of San Francisco to watch practice.


Cornerback Shareece Wright will see his first action of the 2009 season.

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