Hawaii Sunday: Notes

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Written by USC blog contributor, Andie Hagemann

The Trojans began preparations for its season opener against Hawaii on Saturday, Sept. 1.

  • A new media policy was announced following today's practice. The media will no longer be able to report on injuries, strategy and practice participation. Kiffin believes that reporting on injuries gives opponents a competitive advantage.
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  • Following Sunday's post-practice presser, Kiffin announced that the back-up quarterback will be probably be named following Tuesday's practice. There has been no indication on whether the back-up spot with be Kessler or Wittek. Kiffin has said in previous statements that he would feel comfortable putting either of the two in the game, if needed.
  • Walk-on punter Kyle Negrete earned a scholarship. During the 2011 season, Negrete appeared in 11 games and averaged 40.1 yards on his 39 punts. He was awarded the 2011 Joe Collins Walk-on Award and is currently a Burlsworth Trophy candidate. 
  • With Hawaii on the horizon, the Trojans are prepping for the Warriors physicality. "They are a very aggressive bunch and they always play with heart no matter what happens," TB Curtis McNeal said. "We're ready for them but we just have to match their energy and play Trojan football."
  • Before the start of fall camp, the depth at running back was one of the biggest concerns. After a successful fall camp, McNeal feels that by having fellow tailback Silas Redd, the USC running back corps has been greatly enhanced. "We feel more comfortable in the backfield and we test each other to see if we know our stuff so if one of us comes out, there's no stopping our offense," McNeal said. "Silas played at Penn State and he brings a lot of experience to our backfield."
  • Since the conclusion of the 2011 season, McNeal has worked on getting stronger in preparation for his new role within the USC offense. "I got a little bit stronger in the off-season and I am capable of more now," McNeal said. "I don't know how many times my number will be called but I am going to be ready regardless of what it is."
  • The team will have tomorrow off for the first day of school. Starting on Tuesday, USC will practice at 8 a.m. for the rest of the season. 
  • Here is Kiffin's post-practice presser...

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