Arizona Thursday: Notes

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The head coach credits the whole team for bouncing back nicely with a strong week of practice.

  • Good news injury report: LT Matt Kalil and LG Martin Coleman returned today.
  • Bad news injury report: CB Torin Harris, LB Lamar Dawson and RB Amir Carlisle are still out.
  • Lee-ASU-TD-SH.jpgQuote of the day: "I think he's going to be one of the best receivers ever to play at this school," said Lane Kiffin about freshman Marqise Lee (photo by Jon SooHoo).
  • Lee made a great TD catch on a deep ball in practice, which prompted fellow wideout Brice Butler to turn to the media and say, "Y'all write about that in your articles.  He's unstoppable on the go route."
  • The Lee and Robert Woods combination could be deadly going forward.  "Our two top receivers in our mind are a true sophomore and a true freshman.  The future is bright," said Kiffin.
  • Arizona's defense has yielded big plays in the running game in all three losses, but Marc Tyler is not a downfield speed threat.  "It is what it is," Kiffin said about his starting back.  "You can't all the sudden make a guy really fast."
  • George Farmer could provide breakaway speed from the running back position next year.  "I am committed fully," Farmer said about the switch from wide receiver.  "I'd still like to play some receiver.  If they flank me out there, with Robert and Marqise on the outside, it'll be good because I'll have a linebacker covering me.  If it's going to help the team, I'm down for it."
  • Farmer has already added six or seven pounds of muscle since arriving at USC.  "I feel I can put on a lot more weight," he said about bulking up to play running back. 
  • First things first, he'll have to swap out that #88 jersey for a running back's number.  "1, 4 or 8," he's thinking.
  • The defense and freshmen are under the gun this week.  Hayes Pullard is a core member of both groups.  "We're feeling real good right now," said a confident Pullard.  "We're going to be way more aggressive than last week."
  • Arizona St. exposed the Trojans horizontally by isolating defenders in space one-on-one, which puts pressure on the outside linebackers.  "I think they probably will after watching that film," Pullard expects Arizona to come with a similar game plan.  "We just played bad ball last week."
  • As for the kids on the whole, "It's all just experience," Pullard quoted his coach.  "You are a freshman until you experience that moment.  Now that we all experienced a lot of moments, we'll be able to play fast."
  • Near the end of a padless practice, CB Isiah Wiley crushed FB/TE Rhett Ellison going up to defend a pass.   A scary moment but both players walked away.
  • Here is Lane Kiffin's last media chat before the big home game...

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