Stanford Thursday: Notes

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The Trojans were in good spirits closing out the practice week.

  • Torin Harris (shoulder) and George Farmer did not practice.
  • WR Robert Woods was limited.  "Obviously, he's critical to us," Lane Kiffin said about needing his star wideout.  "He barely did anything [at practice today]."
  • PK Andre Heidari was limited and labeled a "game-time decision" by Lane Kiffin.  So, the coaches held open emergency kicking auditions for which DT DaJohn "Juicy" Harris was the first to volunteer, but the head coach decided not to go down that route.
  • Galippo-Luck-2010.jpgStanford's offense poses some unique problems for opponents.  They favor power personnel so much that they will run goal line packages in their own end.  "This is just abnormal," said Kiffin about the Cardinal's system.  "I don't think anybody's ever done that at least in probably 50 years."
  • Given all the tight ends, Stanford relies on play-action, so the Trojans are focused on stopping the run.  "They love that power.  That's what they are known for," said LB Dion Bailey.  "We have to try and make them one-dimensional. We don't want to give them the option to use their whole playbook."
  • Bailey was moved to linebacker for games like this, so he can help cover tight ends and slot receivers.  "This will be a good game for me guarding the tight ends.  When they throw the ball, I feel like I have the advantage," said Bailey, who plans to use his agility against the bigger targets.
  • While the Trojans are decided underdogs in Las Vegas for the second straight week, Bailey is not buying it.  "Everybody is expecting us to get beat by 50 points, but little do they know, we were right there last year and lost the game at the end by a field goal."
  • Chris Galippo needs no reminders about how last year's game ended.  His personal foul set up the game-winning kick.  "That was a tough one to swallow," Galippo said.  "Our defense is now going on back-to-back games without a single penalty, so we've learned from it."
  • The Coliseum will likely be sold out Saturday and the players expect to feed off the crowd.  "[Notre Dame] was the best game I ever played in my life," said Bailey about last week's atmosphere.  "Hopefully, the Coliseum is going to be electric Saturday."
  • Here is Coach Kiffin on the final full day of practice...

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You already have a back-up PK #46 Craig McMahon. Why don't you start him this Saturday against Stanford. He will do as good a job or better than Andre Heidari. EQ

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