Dawg Blog - USC

This week's USC blog almost seems irrelevant. With the news of Tyrone Willingham's firing at the end of the season coming out Monday, it took all the steam out of the Huskies' quest to find a win on the road this weekend in Los Angeles. Maybe that's a good thing? The 43-point spread the oddsmakers have put on this game just equals a record set when the Trojans played Washington State.

4:40 pm

Afternoon Practice Notes

Allen Carroll was in red
David Freeman was not in pads
Bradley was Roussel was in red
Tj Poe was in red
Kurt Mangum was not in pads
Darin Harris was not in pads
Senio Kelemete was not in pads (riding the bike)
Jason Wells was not in pads
Chancellor Young was not in pads but was practicing a little bit

Mike Gottlieb led Husky Jacks

Saw a two minute drill scrimmage. They started around their own 20 yard line down by 2 points. It was the one offense versus the two defense. Fouch was pretty accurate and found Gottlieb once for around 10 yards and Goodwin three or four times each one being around a 10 yard pass. Jared Ballman attempted about a 48 yard field goal but missed right.
3:45 pm

Tyrone Willingham Notes

Asked about getting a recruiting directive, and they haven't yet, so things still go on pretty much as normal. The head coach can't be making a lot of calls right now anyway.

Asked about the team's reaction and yesterday's practice, and TW said it was 'subdued', which he expected. "There were a lot of emotions, a lot of different thoughts going around." Now he said the goal is to move forward and get much more aggressive and assertive the rest of the week and into the game. You can't beat a team like USC being passive. Said everyone, even down to the equipment guys, have to be assertive when it comes to this game.

Talked about how their defense is so tough to go up against because, even when they do make mistakes, they are playing so fast they can usually cover up a weakness before you knew it was there. "They can shut you down and make you miserable."

Asked about having success against USC the last two years, and he said that hopefully the veterans will pass that along to the younger guys, but it really doesn't have any bearing on this particular game.

Asked about Senio Kelemete, and he said that it was just cartilage, so that's a positive. He said that usually means he'd be available sometime within the next month. There was a procedure done.

Victor Aiyewa, David Freeman and T.J. Poe are all out and will not travel to LA.

Asked about Willie Griffin, and TW said that no one who fumbles deserves to play. Even the guy that puts it on the ground. But he's a fighter and wants to get himself back into playing time. If you've done it a few times, you lose confidence from your teammates. But he's fought back and hopefully he'll get some playing time and will respond well.
2:15 pm

Ed Donatell Notes

Asked about USC's offense and he said that they have a really nice football team; they have three very good running backs, their line is solid, and have playmakers at receiver and tight end. "They have guys that can run that have size."

Added that when the Huskies went to bigger guys at the corners, it was in part because of playing teams like USC.

He coached with Pete Carroll for six years, and so this was a game he immediately circled when getting the UW job. "Any time you get to go up against a teacher or a friend, it's great. He's been good to me over the years." Added that they talk a lot, but haven't this week.

Asked about Tuesday practice being a normal one with the news of Willingham's firing effective at the end of the season, and Donatell said that a 'declaration' had been made and that everyone now knows that a change is going to be made. The uncertainty has been taken away for everybody. "But the thing that hasn't changed is that we still have got to help these guys get better." Added that the coaches need to stay strong and help pick up the players' spirits. He said that Tuesday's practice was a little different because 'they feel for Ty', so there was a little sadness, but Willingham wasn't having any of it and he made sure they understood they have to get back to work. "It's good because they get to see his championship attitude."

Donatell said that it's just one more thing the team has to work through, and that he has no regrets about coming to UW. "I came for two reasons: for Tyrone Willingham and for the University of Washington." He did add 'That thing (coaching change) is way bigger than us.'

Asked if the team is capable of using the change as motivation, he said yes. "These guys, to a man, respect Tyrone Willingham."

He's the only coach on staff that has a current two-year contract, but in his mind that doesn't alter his status at UW. "It's always dictated by who comes in."

Asked about the defense improving, and he said that 'the arrow is going up', but at the same time the 'separation from where we want these guys to go' is still way too great.

Asked about recruiting, and Donatell said that they haven't been told not to stop recruiting at this point.

Asked about the next five games being an audition for him for another job, or even the UW job, and he said that he just wants to do the best he can. "The focus is on the kids." He added that he came to UW with the intent to spike up their level of play, and he hasn't done that. He also said that if you keep working hard and you keep doing things the right way, you'll land on your feet.

He also said that an important point the coaches have been stressing to the team during this 0-7 stretch is 'everything counts'. "We've been telling the players that they should want to be respected, and that goes for everything. You go out and earn that every time you go out. You keep working at it every year. There is no summit. You have to keep on going out and proving yourself. That's what we do, go out and battle a little bit."
1:45 pm

Randy Hart Notes

Asked about his take on Willingham's firing, and he didn't want to comment, other than to say there's already been too much ink on it and he wouldn't have anything interesting to add. He did say that he would love to stay but understands it's not his decision.

Asked about the DL playing better and he said it's because they are getting older.

Senio Kelemete might be out a week or two after getting his knee scoped. Hart said it was 'mind boggling' how the injury happened: they were just going through their normal pre-game drills.

Said that Johnie Kirton is getting better, but he would like to have Senio in there to spell him. Now DeShon Matthews is the next guy in line to come in, and he knows all the positions along the line. Nick Wood is doing goal-line, and Tyrone Duncan isn't 100 percent back from his wrist injury.
6:00 pm

Tim Lappano Notes

Tim Lappano

On USC's defense - Pretty good. Held Arizona to 188 yards and 10 points. Very similar to Oklahoma. Athletic, run well. These guys are more physical. LB's are 245-250, physical. Corners that are good at bumping. Safeties are as good as there is. Both are 235-240. We have our work cut out for them. Stingy on run and pass. Oregon State pissed them off and they are now playing with more urgency. They are on a mission and played really well against Arizona. That was a physical game.

On using OSU's blueprint - Everyone's tried to do it, but the reason they had success is because Quizz Rodgers made a lot of that work. So small, got underneath, unbelievable cutter. Couldn't find him quick enough. Also broke a lot of tackles. Yards after contact was amazing. OSU played really physical with him. Lot of chirping. And that's what you have to do against USC. You have to rise up to the challenge, because all these guys are going to play on Sunday.

On Taylor Mays - In high school, he was athletic, fast, had range - but he wasn't near as physical as he is right now. Even his freshman year, you could tell he wasn't as physical as he is right now. He comes up as well as anyone. He's probably been in the weight room religiously because he's big and he brings it. Interesting to watch his growth. Always thought if he could get physical he'd be a first-round draft pick. Combo of size and speed is scary.

On USC giving up big plays - They don't do it. Amazing stat is that Oregon State's longest gain was 22 yards. Mays sits back about 17 yards in the middle of the field the whole game. He's back there and he covers ground. When he knows it's a run, he's going downhill in a hurry.

On USC being pretty straight-forward - They shouldn't have to do anything extravagant, because they have great football players.

On Freeman being out - Don't know. Came off the field against Notre Dame and he looked like he was in pain. The medical report Tuesday was inconclusive. They aren't counting on him, but you never know. He was really hobbling around. So that leaves Terrance Dailey, Willie Griffin and Brandon Johnson.

On ND - Watched it four times on Sunday. Didn't execute well at all. Looked at a frosh QB and they came after him and they sat down on all the routes and got physical with the receivers. Didn't handle it at all. Dropped five passes and only had 48 total offensive plays. When you're dropping balls on third down you aren't giving yourself any chances. Had five three-and-outs. We didn't stone their blitz. Too much penetration upfield. Lot of bodies in there. Disappointed we had assignment errors. Took a big step back after taking a big step forward against Oregon State with all the big plays. Notre Dame is a good defense, not a great defense. Take nothing away from them, they had a good plan and we didn't handle it.

On what needs to change to protect Fouch - Got to get more physical and no assignment breakdowns. Hits on Fouch are critical, because those stings. Hits to the back of the head, he can't take many of those. They really add up. Just takes one hit to knock the QB out of the game. Understand that sometimes you get beat physically. But assignment mistakes you can't have.

On the line being in OK shape - Don't know if that's it. Don't think conditioning has anything to do with being fundamentally sound and using proper technique. Have to get feet moving, get hands in the right spots. Also need to make sure Fouch grows up and learn how to read coverages so he can get rid of the ball and not get hit. But he didn't like Thursday's practice. Wasn't as sharp as it needed to be and there were signs of that on Saturday. He takes responsibility for that. It needs to get cleaned up.

On the shotgun snap being easy to jump - Based on hand signal. Once the center knows the QB is ready, it's on the center. It's a silent count. The center is the one making the cadence, not the QB. Can change the count to keep defenses off balance.

On Juan Garcia's health - OK, don't know if it's great. Doubt he's 100 percent, but I doubt anyone is. At the 3/4 point, banged up a little bit.

On Kavario Middleton - He's fine. Mike Gottlieb is playing good and has blocked pretty good too. But Kavario is alright.

On using the road to help them get away from the noise of Willingham's firing - It's good, it's healthy right now. With everything that's happened, it's probably healthy to get away and getting a chance to play arguably the best team in the country. If they aren't the best, don't know who is. Always want to compete against the best to see how you rate, especially for the seniors that want to play at the next level. It's a good read for them.

On playing USC close the last couple of years - It's called Isaiah Stanback and Jake Locker. That's why. End of story. They made us go, that's why we had success against them. And he's confident Ronnie Fouch is the next guy in line.
5:55 pm

Steve Gervais Notes

On the speculation - Been so much of it going on for weeks now, took it in stride. It wasn't anything foreign to this staff. There were expectations going into the season. The general feeling is that the coaches took it in stride.

On taking the job knowing this could happen - Absolutely. Any time you are coaching and competing, there's going to be disappointment when you don't succeed. Disappointment and frustration. But doesn't regret the decision for one second. At that time in his life, he was looking for a new challenge and still considers it a great decision.

On wanting to stay on - Not going to go there. Wants to finish this season out first and then go from there.

On looking around while trying to finish the season - As a general rule, coaches keep their ears open. We understand the finality of Coach Willingham's situation.

On players' reactions - They had the same awareness the coaches did. If we weren't successful to a certain point there was the chance for change. At 0-7 it doesn't take a rocket scientist to figure out the potential for that.

On recruiting - We're waiting to get a directive on that. A good question, and there will be an answer in the next day or two as to the direction we'll take. Bunch of them were going to LA to recruit this week.

On keeping recruiting going as a local coach - Grew up watching UW football his whole life and he wants to see it successful regardless of his capacity now or in the future. Whatever is asked, you want to help it succeed.

On injuries - Just lost David Freeman. Won't know the final thing on his ankles until the end of the day Tuesday. It's been a hard diagnosis on his ankles. Terrance Dailey, Brandon Johnson and Willie Griffin are the healthy tailbacks, while Paul Homer, Luke Kravitz and Austin Sylvester are the healthy fullbacks.
5:50 pm

Mike Denbrock Notes

On how things work now - Put our heads down, go back to work for the next five weeks and do right by the program and players, make sure they are cared for and pointed in the right direction.

On doing this before at ND - It was a difficult situation. This is a difficult situation too. There's professional people in the office. They'll keep things in perspective.

On being in a job interview situation right now - It's all too fresh right now, haven't had a chance to process it all. Always have friends in the profession you talk to and stay in contact with, but right now they have a job to finish here. Got a commitment to the school and they need to make sure they do a good job. The rest will hopefully take care of itself.

On still having their jobs as opposed to being in the same situation Willingham is - There haven't been a lot of specifics spelled out. All happened so fast. Yesterday is their main game plan day. All this is going on around that. It's not a sidebar, it's a main issue in everybody's life, but there's also USC coming up and they need to make sure they do a good job for that game. It's a difficult job all the way around.

On that game plan being the hardest he's ever had to do - It is from the standpoint of USC being the No. 1 defense in the country statistically. And UW didn't exactly light up the scoreboard this past weekend. It's a great challenge.

On wanting to stay - Love the UW, love the kids in the program and he and his wife have enjoyed living here. Great place to play college football. But those are questions to be answered down the road. Doesn't know if he'd even have an opportunity to do that, but has a lot of respect for the school and the program and the tradition.

On allowing himself to look forward - Personally he could never go down that road. During the season he lives minute to minute, and typically would have a plan of attack that's pretty regimented during game week. For everyone it's a big deal. Until it's actually in front of you, you don't have any idea it could happen.

On going on the road possibly helping the morale - Hopes it does. We'll find out when we know the result of the game. Any time you go on the road, it gives you a chance to pull the ranks in and be a more cohesive unit. Not as many outside distractions. It could help, we'll see based on how we play.

On the challenge of keeping the players listening - Can be a challenge depending on the type of player in the program. Doesn't anticipate that happening here because of the kind of kid that's already at UW. And keeping Willingham in place right now makes it an easier situation than when they were at Notre Dame. Now it's time to go get some wins and finish the season on as positive a note as possible.

On the breakdown against Notre Dame - Which one? Looking back on it, it was almost a perfect storm in some ways. Didn't play consistently in any one area. Different things happening at different times, but if you aren't consistent in execution you have a lot of three and outs and you are sitting on the sidelines. And that's hard to build a rhythm. Couldn't generate anything whatsoever.

On Juan Garcia - Saw him earlier and he looked OK. He's battling, but he still has some things going on physically. He's a fighter. Someone fell on his ankle again, same one that got hurt the week before. Any time there's a nick or bruise, there seems to be a red target on it.
4:35 am

Afternoon Practice Notes

Tried to do a number-by-number search, just to see if there was anyone missing out of the ordinary. The only players that weren't there are currently hurt: Chris Polk, Byron Davenport, Brandon Yakaboski, Casey Bulyca and Senio Kelemete.

Not in pads were Jake Locker, Darin Harris, Erik Folk, David Freeman, Kurt Mangum, Bradly Roussel, Victor Aiyewa, T.J. Poe, Kalani Aldrich, Allen Carroll, Vicente Cordova and Marek Domanski.

Roussel, Poe, Aldrich and Carroll were in red.

I saw something today I ddn't think I'd ever see: Jake Locker running stairs. He was doing it with Marek Domanski. On the other side of Husky Stadium, Kurt Mangum was walking stairs. David Freeman was riding a stationary bike.
10:30 am

Tyrone Willingham Pac-10 teleconference Notes

On speculation being over - Not for him, more for those in the program, eliminates the outside negativity. Does raise questions, but hopefully will allow them to focus on USC.

On looking back and regrets - At right time will sit down and catalog those things, but right now it's not the time to be looking back. Have five more games to do and are getting ready to play the best team in the country, in his opinion.

On players feel differently and using that - So much we don't know, it would be great to know. But we are going to embrace the challenge, not back down and move forward. That will be his approach and he wants them to follow that to rise above. Human nature could allow them to let up, but he wants his players to look at him as an example of someone who didn't give up.

On timing and telling the team now - Have to quickly turn our attention to USC. Talked to staff and coaches before yesterday's press conference. Couldn't give the team at head's up at the time. But he will be with the team today and he will talk about it, and then they'll move on to talking about USC.

On coaches' reaction - Can't be business as usual. Unusual circumstances. Each will respond to it differently. Some will respond, some won't. But he's hoping they will all follow his lead. But the USC game is a 'special game played by special people', and he's hoping that should be enough for the team to come together.

On coaches having chance to leave now - Not the case.

On Senio's knee - Depending on results of MRI, will have surgery if needed

On recruiting in LA this weekend - It's all going to depend on what the administration wants them to do right now. Their 'voice' when it comes to recruiting has obviously been greatly altered, and it's up the administration to tell him how to proceed. A follow-up asking about how he would like his voice to be in regard to recruiting right now, and Willingham said 'I have no voice right now'.

On shielding team from negativity - Impossible to do it. When only one paper, might be able to do it, but now with internet, TV and talk radio, can't do. Modern-day coach has to deal with it. Difficult to deal with it at USC, just like it would be at UW.
10:50 am

Pete Carroll Pac-10 teleconference Notes

On Mark Sanchez and his performance at Arizona - Little excited with the buildup. Both QB's succumbed to it a little bit, weren't as sharp as they wanted to be. He's disappointed, but he also did some great stuff too. Is watching film and can't wait to get back out there.

On Washington and their turmoil - Doesn't affect us at all. Will affect them considerably. They were recruited by him and it could end up being an emotional expression from them and could actually help Washington.
12:20 am

Jake Locker Notes (per Jon Martone)

On when he found out- "About 10 minutes ago actually in the locker room. I had no idea. It's obviously tough being the coach and staff that brought me in. I kind of had the closest relationship throughout the whole process. It will be difficult to see them ago."

On how the team will stay together- I think we all have to choose to hold together to the best of our ability. There's no point in sulking on anything. We all have some kind of connection or ties to these coaches so it will be tough to see them go.

On if there is a silver lining- "I guess only time will tell. At some point us as players need to make the decision for this football team. I think the coaches make the game plan and put you in best position they feel to have success and then it's up to the players to go out and execute that. No matter who is in here that's still going to fall on our shoulders."

On emotion- It's difficult. A lot of us were recruited by all these guys and have personal relationships with them outside of football. It's tough and difficult but we all understand it's a business as well. When we're not able to win games and produce like we all wanted there is consequences for that.

On what went wrong- I couldn't put my finger on one thing. I felt really confident going into the season. He said he never imagined being in this position about talking about Willingham moving on in week 7.

On Willingham coaching out- "I've always started a season with a coach and finished the season with the same coach (referring to having 3 different coaches in high school). I feel it'll be good for us to finish the season with these guys. Still be able to salvage some pride. We still have 5 games, obviously we're out of bowl contention and we were not able to play anymore. I think there's a lot of things to be gained in the last 5 games and I feel this coaching staff will do everything they can to achieve that."

On the athletic department making the right decision- I mean everybody has a lot respect for this athletic program and understand it's a business. I don't think there will be any hard feelings either way. I think we all kind of saw this coming, just a matter of when.

On if the team will divide- He said they will be the only people coming back so it's up to them to hold the team together now. We won't have the coaches to count on now and it's up to us which direction the program will go.

On new coach- "I think it would be important for some of us to sit down with a good majority of the team and see what they want and how they're feeling. Things they might like in a new head coach. I think that would be important for certain leaders on our team to be able to do, to get that feedback from the team. That's something after the season whenever necessary, take those steps."

On how this changes things- "I don think it changes things much at all. Our goal is still to win football games. I believe this coaching staff will still put us in the best position to do that, and it's up to us to go execute that plan and do the best we can on Saturday."

On Willingham's role in his recruitment- "It was a big part in my decision. Not only did I feel comfortable with him but my family did. One of the biggest part of my decision was I wanted to come somewhere where I would not only be developed as a football player but in all aspects of my life. I feel that he presented that opportunity to me and gave me a chance to do that at this university. I have 100% belief that the guy they bring will be able to do the same thing and they will look for the same values in a new head coach. Like I said it's difficult to move on."

On if he believes that Willingham fulfilled what he said- He gave us a lot of opportunities to be more than just a football player in the city of Seattle. All the guys learned a lot from him and all the guys on the staff. He said he is thankful to him and wouldn't change his decision for anything.

On if the new coach changes how long he will stay- "No, I've never really let anyone influence how I live my life and the decisions that I'm going to make. I'm still going to be same person I've always been, still live life the same way I always have, and have the same goals and aspirations I've always had. So that won't change."

On lobbying for assistants- "Hopefully that would be something I'll be doing. Scott Woodward is a great guy, I have a great relationship with. I imagine I'll take the time to sit down with him and see where he wants to go and what his plans are. Be in contact with him and let him know of the feelings of the team for a players standpoint."

On if he wants Lappano to stay- Yeah, he brought me in and he told me that he would be here for the four years I would be here and I feel really comfortable with him. I think he puts me in a position to have success.

On if this was the best decision- We weren't winning games at that's difficult for the players. It can be put on a lot of different things. Any play can be called and it comes down to if the player's are executing it on Saturday. When it comes to the problems we've been having the first place you should point is the players. We had the talent to win games and we didn't. Change can be a good thing or a bad thing, it will depend on how we rally as a team.

On if he is mad the players weren't told- I think we got an email. We had a meeting yesterday, it sounds like it was a decision made today, and today is our day off. I think he wanted to respect the players on their day off and not contact the players.
12:15 am

Ronnie Fouch Notes (per Jon Martone)

On if he knew personally- "Yes, I had a meeting with him this morning."

On if playing SC will be hard- "It wont be hard because we will be playing for him. Like I said he's the reason I came here. It's going to be tough after this year seeing him go after this year, but our focus in on SC right now."

On if he's mad the team wasn't told first- "No I don't think so because it came at a non opportune time for him to address this team. Having the day off today and yesterday but he had met with me this morning and told me, so I was informed."

On if word has spread to other teammates- "I'm not sure because this was just announced right now and I've been here the whole time. Me and him met right before this and that's when I found out, so I imagine word hasn't spread too fast yet."

On if he thinks it's best for Willingham to coach out- "Yes, I think that's best for our team to have him stay because he has built this program to where it is right now. We're going to rally around him and try and win some games to finish out the season right for him."

On if there will be backlash from the team- "No I don't think so at all. It's tough for a lot of them because he recruited most all of my class and it's tough."

On what has gone wrong- "If you look at the obvious point, wins and losses but I don't think it's his fault. A lot of it is the team, he can only do so much and we got to be able to put wins and losses for ourselves."

On if some teammates will disagree that it isn't Ty's fault- "It's hard to say. From a team standpoint I don't think any of us believe it's his fault." He thinks the team being 0 and 7 is the teams and Wilingham's fault, he doesn't believe it's only the coaches fault.

On Willingham has stayed the same- "Yep, he's the same Tyrone. He's the same strong, tough-minded Tyrone he has always been. He hasn't changed at all. He hadn't changed this morning when I met with him about the situation. I was kind of upset when I heard it because he's the reason I came here."

On if the team has changed- "Its hard to say. Obviously guys are frustrated with how the season is going, it's going to be different with the coach being gone, but I don't think they have changed."

On if the payers knew it was coming- "Guys thought about it, but you never know till it happens. We just found out now. I haven't talked to any of the guys yet about it. All I've talked to is coach."

On if this eliminates the distraction- "There was a lot of rumors going around but I thought we did a great job of blocking them out of our ears and focusing on winning only. Now that we know I think it will help guys a little bit knowing what will happen after the season. I think we still need to finish the season out right and get some wins for him."

On if the focus changes- "We still have a lot of season left, we cant give up now just because coach is gone after the season. We have to go out and compete still."
12:10 am

Pete Carroll Notes

General Thoughts on his team - "We're in the middle of this Pac-10 race feeling like we have a chance to do some damage if we keep knocking these games off one at a time. We're coming off a challenging game at Arizona. We played a really solid defensive game and didn't get as much done as we wanted to on offense. We're working on our offensive consistency and try to keep this defense rollin'. We've been pretty healthy and are pretty healthy going into this one. For us it's coming home, an opportunity for our homecoming game and it's another Pac-10 challenge we have to get right for."

On improving on offense - "Just consistency is what we're dealing with. We've had some really big games and had good numbers in a lot of areas, but we haven't consistently thrown and caught the ball the way we'd like, week-in and week-out. We had a big week two weeks ago and the week before that we struggled. We come back and struggle a little bit in this last one (Arizona). We're converting OK third-down wise, but we just have not been as in-tempo and in rhythm as we'd like to be. We're just going to try to keep working at it and we still have a very young group on offense. There's just a couple of seniors in that meeting room, so if we can get these guys to keep growing we can get better as the season wears on."

On his defense - "At this point we're as good as any team we've had in the past. We're not getting as many turnovers as we'd like, but overall the defense is playing really, really good football. We have a strong core of guys at the linebacker spot and at safety that gives us good leadership, toughness and tremendous consistency. You're only as good as your last time out, and we have to come back again and put it together. We've played the run well, we're a good third-down team. It's hard to get much on us in the back end. To compare us to our other teams, I really don't know how to do that until we get to the end of this thing and look back and see the numbers and what we accomplished. But they're certainly off to as good a start as anybody we've had."

On the OSU game being an aberration - "I think it was an aberration along the way based on the build-up to the Ohio State and we didn't handle it well. So we came out kind of looking at one another and it took us a while to get going and we played poorly for the first two quarters and then we got back on track but it was too little, too late. It was a clear experience where you can go out feeling OK and if you don't bring it the other guys will beat your butt. We got our tail kicked. It was a good lesson and one we hate to learn the hard way. But we were on track before that game and been on track since then, so hopefully we can stick with it."

On Washington - "All the Pac-10 games are tough and that's what we've come to understand. They give us great games. They aren't wowed by anything we've done. We're going to get all we can handle each week, and that's the way it's been for years. We just have to get right again and answer the call with a good effort in practice and get ready for battle."

On being 23-0 in November - "We take a lot of pride in finishing well. That's something we've always taken pride in ever since we got to the program. We got off to a cruddy start our first year and then we finished off that year well and ever since it's been a battle cry to finish. Doesn't matter what we're doing, if it's workouts or practice or games or seasons, we want to finish our very best. The start to the finish is underway. When you hit November, that's how it's always been. Hopefully we can play very good. You have to really make sure you're centered on this one and then go to the next week and before you know it November is over and you've made a good run into the bowl season."

On the BCS - "I'm not really sure. I don't know who is first, second or third, to tell you the truth. I just know we stayed the same, whatever that is. All we can do is play the next game. We don't talk about it around here."

On Lane Kiffin - "He's been brought up in football. He's a young guy that was a student coach in college, so he's been around it forever. He's way ahead of his years. He has an excellent offensive mind. He has a philosophy behind him, a system behind him that has worked for him. He's been in the most difficult coaching situation ever, and hope he gets a chance in college or the NFL. I think he's grown a tremendous amount for how old he is and I think he's going to be a very successful guy for a long time. With the recruiting he was in charge of here, he set the tempo for us. He also brings a whole offense, which is good."

On Taylor Mays - "He's been a tremendous performer for us. His first game, he came in when a guy got hurt and he's started ever since. He's been extremely trustworthy and confident and tough and as he grows in experience he just adds to his game. He had a particularly good game last week. He gives you everything he's got. He happens to be the biggest, fastest guy you've ever seen at that position, just about. Along with the confidence he instills in the players around him because he's so trustworthy, he just gives you great production every time he goes out."
11:50 pm

USC's depth chart versus Washington
SE —  1 Patrick Turner (6-5, 220, Sr.) 
 9 David Ausberry (6-4, 235, So.*) 
80 Brandon Carswell (6-1, 185, Fr.*) 
23 Jordan Cameron (6-5, 220, So.*) 
LT — 71 Charles Brown (6-6, 295, Jr.*) 
70 Tyron Smith (6-6, 270, Fr.) 
73 Steve Gatena (6-5, 290, Jr.*) 
LG — 53 Jeff Byers (6-4, 285, Sr.*) 
56 Alex Parsons (6-4, 300, Jr.) 
78 Khaled Holmes (6-4, 305, Fr.) 
C — 61 Kristofer O'Dowd (6-5, 300, So.) 
53 Jeff Byers (6-4, 285, Sr.*) OR 
56 Alex Parsons (6-4, 300, Jr.) 
64 Garrett Nolan (6-4, 280, Jr.*) 
RG – 56 Alex Parsons (6-4, 300, Jr.) OR 
74 Zack Heberer (6-5, 300, So.*) 
65 Derek Simmons (6-4, 285, So.*) OR 
77 Thomas Herring (6-6, 330, Jr.*) 
RT — 68 Butch Lewis (6-5, 300, So.*) OR 
76 Nick Howell (6-5, 280, Jr.*) 
75 Matt Kalil (6-6, 290, Fr.) 
TE — 86 Anthony McCoy (6-5, 255, Jr.) 
89 Blake Ayles (6-5, 255, Fr.) 
88 Jimmy Miller (6-5, 250, Sr.*) 
98 DaJohn Harris (6-4, 285, Fr.*) 
FL — 18 Damian Williams (6-1, 190, So.*) 
 8 Ronald Johnson (6-1, 185, So.) OR 
 7 Vidal Hazelton (6-2, 210, Jr.) 
17 Travon Patterson (5-10, 175, So.*) 
83 Brice Butler (6-3, 215, Fr.) 
QB —  6 Mark Sanchez (6-3, 225, Jr.*) 
16 Mitch Mustain (6-3, 210, So.*) 
15 Aaron Corp (6-4, 195, Fr.*) 
14 Garrett Green (6-2, 210, Jr.) 
FB — 31 Stanley Havili (6-0, 225, So.*) 
45 Adam Goodman (6-1, 240, Jr.*) 
10 D.J. Shoemate (6-0, 220, Fr.) 
41 Matt Hillier (6-2, 210, Sr.*) 
TB —  4 Joe McKnight (6-0, 200, So.) OR 
 2 C.J. Gable (6-0, 200, So.*) OR 
13 Stafon Johnson (5-11, 215, Jr.) 
29 Broderick Green (6-2, 235, Fr.*) 
26 Marc Tyler (6-0, 220, Fr.*) 
22 Curtis McNeal (5-8, 180, Fr.) 

DE — 84 Kyle Moore (6-6, 270, Sr.) 
81 Gerald Washington (6-6, 255, Sr.*) 
96 Wes Horton (6-5, 245, Fr.) 
NT – 44 Christian Tupou (6-2, 280, So.) 
99 Averell Spicer (6-2, 295, Jr.*) OR 
91 Jurrell Casey (6-1, 280, Fr.) 
DT — 75 Fili Moala (6-5, 295, Sr.*) 
94 Armond Armstead (6-5, 290, Fr.) 
DE — 47 Clay Matthews (6-3, 240, Sr.*) OR 
93 Everson Griffen (6-3, 265, So.) 
97 Malik Jackson (6-5, 230, Fr.) 
SLB — 10 Brian Cushing (6-3, 255, Sr.) 
47 Clay Matthews (6-3, 240, Sr.*) OR 
17 Michael Morgan (6-4, 220, So.*) 
37 Jordan Campbell (5-11, 230, Fr.*) 
57 Nick Garratt (6-1, 235, Jr.*) 
 8 Nick Perry (6-3, 240, Fr.) 
MLB — 58 Rey Maualuga (6-2, 260, Sr.) 
10 Brian Cushing (6-3, 255, Sr.) OR 
54 Chris Galippo (6-2, 255, Fr.*) 
52 Luthur Brown (6-2, 235, Jr.*) OR 
35 Uona Kaveinga (6-1, 235, Fr.) 
WLB — 43 Kaluka Maiava (6-0, 230, Sr.) 
 6 Malcolm Smith (6-1, 225, So.) 
CB — 15 Kevin Thomas (6-1, 185, Jr.*) OR 
 7 Cary Harris (6-0, 180, Sr.) 
30 Brian Baucham (5-11, 190, Fr.) 
FS —  2 Taylor Mays (6-3, 230, Jr.) 
26 Will Harris (6-1, 200, Jr.*) 
27 Marshall Jones (6-0, 185, So.) 
SS —  4 Kevin Ellison (6-1, 230, Sr.) 
26 Will Harris (6-1, 200, Jr.*) 
19 Drew McAllister (6-1, 200, Fr.) 
CB — 36 Josh Pinkard (6-2, 210, Sr.*) 
 1 T.J. Bryant (6-1, 190, Fr.) 
25 Daniel Harper (5-11, 185, Fr.*) 

P — 44 Greg Woidneck (6-0, 200, Sr.*) 
25 Billy O'Malley (6-1, 195, So.*) 
PK — 18 David Buehler (6-2, 225, Sr.) 
30 Joe Houston (5-8, 170, So.*) OR 
38 Jordan Congdon (5-9, 175, Jr.*) 
SNP — 62 Chris Pousson (6-4, 240, Fr.)—FG, PAT 
85 Cooper Stephenson (6-3, 215, So.*)—P 
HLD — 44 Greg Woidneck (6-0, 210, Sr.*) 
14 Garrett Green (6-2, 205, Jr.) 

KOR —  8 Ronald Johnson (6-1, 185, So.) 
 2 C.J. Gable (6-0, 205, So.*) 
 4 Joe McKnight (6-0, 200, So.) 
PR — 13 Stafon Johnson (5-11, 215, Jr.) OR 
 4 Joe McKnight (6-0, 200, So.) 
80 Brandon Carswell (6-1, 185, Fr.*)

11:45 pm

UW's depth chart versus USC
WR 11 D'Andre Goodwin 5-11 175 So./Jr.
9 Devin Aguilar 6-0 195 Fr./Fr.
LT 79 Ben Ossai 6-6 332 Jr./Sr.
69 Nick Scott 6-4 337 Jr./Sr.
LG 76 Jordan White-Frisbee 6-5 368 Sr./Sr.
70 Morgan Rosborough 6-6 382 Jr./Sr.
C 58 Juan Garcia 6-3 305 Sr./Sr.
64 Matt Sedillo 6-3 320 So./Jr.
RG 65 Ryan Tolar 6-5 321 So./Jr.
64 Matt Sedillo 6-3 320 So./Jr.
RT 71 Cody Habben 6-6 316 So./Jr.
67 Skyler Fancher 6-5 294 RFr./So.
TE 86 Michael Gottlieb 6-5 249 Sr./Sr.
80 Kavario Middleton 6-5 255 Fr./Fr.
83 Walt Winter 6-4 254 Sr./Sr. 
QB 8 Ronnie Fouch 6-1 203 RFr./So.
7 Taylor Bean 6-1 199 RFr./So.
12 Luther Leonard 6-2 193 Fr./Fr.
TB 27 Terrance Dailey 5-11 194 Fr./Fr.
20 David Freeman 5-7 190 Fr./Fr.
21 Willie Griffin 5-8 198 RFr/So. OR
6 Brandon Johnson 5-9 207 So./So.
FB 30 Paul Homer 6-1 239 Jr./Jr.
32 Luke Kravitz 6-0 228 Sr./Sr.
WR 3 Alvin Logan 6-2 218 RFr./So. OR
15 Jermaine Kearse 6-1 180 Fr./Fr.


DE 66 Daniel Te'o-Nesheim 6-4 263 Jr./Sr.
50 Kalani Aldrich 6-7 240 RFr./So. 
DT 99 Cameron Elisara 6-3 289 So./Jr.
74 Alameda Ta'amu 6-2 348 Fr./Fr.
DT 37 Johnie Kirton 6-3 296 Sr./Sr.
96 De'Shon Matthews 6-4 260 So./Jr.
DE 59 Darrion Jones 6-2 245 Jr./Sr.
92 Everrette Thompson 6-6 255 Fr./Fr.
OLB 9 Donald Butler 6-1 242 Jr./Jr.
24 Joshua Gage 6-2 226 Jr./Sr. OR
5 Matt Houston 6-0 232 So./Jr.
ILB 57 Trenton Tuiasosopo 6-2 243 Sr./Sr.
9 Donald Butler 6-1 242 Jr./Jr.
OLB 40 Mason Foster 6-1 229 So./So.
29 Chris Stevens 6-1 218 Sr./Sr.
FS 41 Victor Aiyewa 6-1 209 So./So.
34 Tripper Johnson 6-1 210 So./Jr. OR
36 Johri Fogerson 6-2 190 Fr./Fr.
SS 8 Nate Williams 6-0 207 So./So.
34 Tripper Johnson 6-1 210 So./Jr.
CB 28 Quinton Richardson 6-0 200 RFr./So.
6 Vonzell McDowell, Jr. 5-9 178 So./So.
CB 23 Mesphin Forrester 6-2 202 Sr./Sr.
19 Matt Mosley 5-10 180 So./Jr.

Special Teams

P 12 Jared Ballman 5-11 186 Sr./Sr.
13 Ryan Perkins 5-10 205 Jr./Sr.
FG/PAT 13 Ryan Perkins 5-10 205 Jr./Sr.
12 Jared Ballman 5-11 186 Sr./Sr.
KO 12 Jared Ballman 5-11 186 Sr./Sr.
HLD 8 Ronnie Fouch 6-1 203 RFr./So.
SNP 49 Danny Morovick 6-4 213 Jr./Sr.
KOR 82 Jordan Polk 5-8 161 Fr./Fr.
28 Quinton Richardson 6-0 200 RFr./So.
PR 11 D'Andre Goodwin 5-11 175 So./Jr.
9 Devin Aguilar 6-0 195 Fr./Fr.

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