Arizona Tuesday: Notes

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After a celebratory weekend, the Trojans have refocused on the Wildcats.

  • The USC defense will face a new level of offense starting this week with a trip to Arizona.  "We're going to have to step it up even more on defense," said Lane Kiffin.  "They are really good and they're very dangerous."
  • DSC_3136.jpgWhile Arizona is just 4-3 overall, the Wildcats boast the No. 5 ranked offense in the country in Rich Rodriguez's first season.  QB Matt Scott leads the Pac-12 in passing yards per game, while posing a dual threat as the conference's second leading rusher among quarterbacks.  "They are just absolutely lighting people up," said Kiffin.    
  • The Wildcats run Rodriguez's trademark 3-3-5 defense with an extra defensive back (called the rover) in their base package.  "Nobody else does that, so it is something new," Kiffin said.
  • Cody Kessler wore No. 35 as the holder in the first half Saturday instead of his usual No. 6.  "We change jerseys all the time with our guys.  Everything's within the college rules," Kiffin explained.
  • Kiffin did not tip his hand one way or the other about who will start at left tackle.  "I have to prepare like [I'm going to start] every week," said freshman Max Tuerk.  "It was awesome to get that experience [against Colorado].  You're in front of 90,000 people, so you've got to not get caught up in the hype."
  • Robert Woods was asked about his future today, but deferred giving any answer.  The junior wide receiver knows that his records are not safe with Marqise Lee around.  "I'm just trying to keep him off my back right now," he joked.
  • Lee was thrilled for Woods to break the all-time USC catch record. "He's a great leader for the receivers and for everybody on the team," said Lee.  "Seeing that smile on his face...I was happy for him.  I felt like I broke it."
  • Here is Lane Kiffin's post-practice media session...

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