ASU Thursday: Notes

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A light practice as the Trojans gear up for a physical Saturday night contest in Tempe.

  • Offensive guard Abe Markowitz is out for the season again with a broken foot.  He had another MRI, which revealed a fracture.  He will need surgery.  This is the opposite foot from last season.
  • Otherwise, linebackers Lamar Dawson (ankle) and Marquis Simmons (neck) look like the only notable players in danger of missing the trip.  Also, Martin Coleman (shoulder) continues his extended time on the sidelines.
  • If Dawson cannot play, Chris Galippo could be asked to take every snap, but the oft-injured senior is feeling up to the task.  "I've gone at least one game, where I played every single snap," Galippo said referring to the Minnesota opener.  "That was pretty darn hot.  That was like an 80 degree game."
  • Will-Andrew-Prac-McG.JPGEven without a recognized back-up, don't expect Galippo to pace himself under the desert sun.  "No, you can't.  Hopefully, we'll get a bunch of three and outs and some turnovers and we won't be on the field a whole lot," he said.
  • If Galippo comes out, former walk-on Will Andrew (photo by John McGillen) is next up on the depth chart.  "Will got a ton of reps during spring ball," Galippo has confidence in his teammate.  "He gets a ton of picks during practice and does a good job running the huddle."
  • Kiffin also said that Shane Horton could move over from his outside position and play middle linebacker.
  • The elements will be against USC for the first time this season.  Sun Devil Stadium under the lights will most definitely be rocking.  "It's a long walk to the locker room," Kiffin joked about the challenges of this particular road venue.  "It's just a classic loud place with a student section and heat.  We're going to have to have great focus."
  • Vontaze Burfict has been the most popular topic of conversation in the media scrum this week.  Kiffin explained that he is hard to game plan against because he is too big to attack head on and fast enough to cover sideline-to-sideline.
  • The head coach was surprisingly candid yesterday about the possibility of Amir Carlisle contributing.  The running back is ready if needed.  "I feel great," said the freshman after overcoming an ankle injury.  "I'll go out there and I'll do my best."
  • The silver lining of missing the first three games was that Carlisle could watch and learn by taking mental reps.  "I had to make the most out of it by learning from the guys at my position," Carlisle said.  "Sitting back sometimes, you get a broader picture of everything."
  • Play of the day: Freshman WR Victor Blackwell, who will likely redshirt, made several TD catches for the service team.  On one, the ball was thrown behind him, but he reached back with one hand and batted to himself and then controlled it before it hit the ground.
  • Here is Coach Kiffin...

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