Stanford Thursday: Notes

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The football team was back on Howard Jones and Brian Kennedy Fields for a light Thursday practice.

  • Los Angeles Daily News writer Scott Wolf was present for a portion of practice after his suspension was lifted.  Since no one asked Lane Kiffin about it, the head coach volunteered an explanation about his injury policy in regards to the media. 
  • Kiffin: "The [newspaper] editors and our people, we are going to try to get together, so you guys can do your jobs the best you can, but also for us not at a competitive [dis]advantage.  I know it is not exactly the best thing for you, but we are also trying to protect our team too."
  • Morning-Practice-McG.jpgAs for matters on the field, the defense finished a strong week of practice with CB Nickell Robey making the play of the day stepping in front of a Cody Kessler pass during red zone drills.
  • (Photo of early morning practice by John McGillen)
  • The general sense is that USC's run defense will be given a stern test on Saturday.  Redshirt freshman DT Antwaun Woods is the anchor of that unit.  "He really had a great offseason [and] dropped the weight, [but] he just hasn't played before," said Kiffin.
  • While Stanford lost All-American TE Coby Fleener to the NFL, the Cardinal can still form an imposing two tight end package with Zach Ertz (6'6" - 252 lbs) and Levine Toilolo (6'8" - 265).  "Mismatch issues," Kiffin said about the problems posed by the duo.  "They go after you.  They are going to split them out and make you cover them."
  • CB Ryan Henderson has been a name lost in the shuffle as the Trojans search for answers opposite Nickell Robey.  "We try to look at everybody.  Ryan just really hasn't been up with that first group."
  • Rust is part of USC's problem at corner as Torin Harris and Brian Baucham played little to no football during fall camp.  "Those guys missed a lot of time," Kiffin said.  "You can see that those guys were a little rusty out there."
  • Saturday marks the Trojans second of four road games in a five game stretch.  The schedule is front loaded with travel as USC will not leave Los Angeles in November.  "It is an advantage in the long run, [but] it is a disadvantage right away," Kiffin said.
  • Here is Kiffin's Thursday presser...

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