Compiled by USCTrojans.com blog contributor Ben Weiss
Happy Thanksgiving Trojan fans!
The team held a no-pads closed practice in preparation for Notre Dame on Saturday. A few notes from those who addressed the media...
- Lane Kiffin said that the starting quarterback will be a game-time decision. Matt Barkley, wearing a jersey and sweatpants to practice, said that he took a few snaps and continued to be more active than he had the previous day. "The progress I've had, it's been a good sign. Every day it seems to get better," Barkley said. Regardless of whether he is healthy enough to start, the quarterback plans on suiting up for the game.
- Every week following the team's final practice, Barkley will pick out the practice footballs that he wants to use in the game. If it's any indication for who might start against the Irish, Mustain was the only quarterback testing out the pigskin and giving the winning balls to the team managers. The redshirt senior admitted that he'd felt frustrated at times waiting for an opportunity like this, but is excited now that he has the potential to start. "This is the reason I stuck around this year, with hopes that perhaps this would come, and here it is," Mustain said. "I'm happy for it and I'm doing what I can to take care of it."
- After Kiffin attributed the Oregon State loss to a poor previous week of practice, Mustain felt pleased with the effort on both sides of the ball in preparation for the Irish. "I think we kind of forgot about the game during the course of the week when we were out here, just playing and making ourselves better," he said.
- Ronald Johnson echoed the sentiment expressed by Stanley Havili yesterday that the team is right where it needs to be, even without its starting quarterback taking the majority reps in practice. It hasn't taken the senior wideout long to develop chemistry with Mustain, and he's ready to go to work regardless of who's throwing to him. "We didn't lose a beat at all," Johnson said. "Mitch has been doing a great job and I feel like we have a great connection right now. I can't wait to perform in the game with him."
Here's Coach Kiffin on the week of preparation and scouting a few of Notre Dame's weapons...