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Cal Tuesday: Notes

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The Trojans head up to San Francisco tomorrow afternoon...

  • CB Torin Harris (shoulder), LB Lamar Dawson (ankle) and RB Amir Carlisle are all game time decisions.
  • Scroggins-McG.jpgQB Jesse Scroggins (thumb) returned to practice.  He called himself 80%, but he believes that he'll be back to full strength next week.  While Cody Kessler is the backup quarterback, the coaches have stuck with Matt Barkley late in blowout games because they do not want to burn Kessler's redshirt on meaningless snaps.  At the very least, a healthy Scroggins (photo by John McGillen from fall camp) could spell Barkley late in games.
  • DT Armond Armstead, who is redshirting with an undisclosed health condition, participated in some practice drills.  "His number one focus right now is getting his degree," said Lane Kiffin.  "He's got a big decision to make in December or January, whether he comes back and helps us win a championship or whether he goes to the NFL."
  • Lane Kiffin on playing against his Fresno State mentor Jeff Tedford: "It's only fun if you win.  It was fun last year."
  • With basketball season right around the corner (USC opens the season on 11/11/11), Kiffin credited Lee's aerial ability to his basketball background.  "Usually, the really good receivers are really good basketball players, especially the guys that play the ball in the air," the head coach compared Lee to Mike Williams and Dwayne Jarrett.  "The only thing he's different than those two is he's shorter."
  • Lee has Kiffin's blessing if he wants to walk on to Kevin O'Neill's basketball team.
  • RB George Farmer is ready to make his debut if his number is called.  "If they need me to be a homerun threat, I'll be that homerun threat," Farmer said.  "Whatever they need me to do, I'll do it."
  • Cal's offense features three explosive weapons in wide receivers Keenan Allen and Marvin Jones and running back Isi Sofele.
  • Kiffin on Sofele:  "He really showed up in that Oregon game.  He made people miss, was jumping over them and was playing really well.
  • CB Nickell Robey on Jones: "He's the fastest guy out of their receivers.  He plays physical."
  • Robey on Allen: "He's a big target.  He's the total package."
  • Robey said Cal QB Zach Maynard is always looking for his half brother Keenan Allen.  "They have a great relationship and some chemistry with each other, so I've been watching a lot of that on film.  He likes to get it to him a lot, so we're going to have to shut that down."
  • Who has the better wide receiver duo?  Robert Woods and Marqise Lee have combined for 76 catches, 1070 yards and 9 TDs, while Allen and Jones have made 68 catches for 1109 yards and 7 TDs.
  • Here is Lane Kiffin on the team's final preparations...


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