Colorado Tuesday: Notes

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The Trojans are back on their normal practice schedule with the bye and Thursday night game behind them.

  • The energy was noticeably different on the practice field this morning.  The coaches have raised the intensity and plays were being run at a much higher tempo.  "This week is all about us.  We had probably the most physical practice that we've had all season," said Lane Kiffin.
  • Woods-CO-Tues-McG.jpgSaturday could be a special day in the Coliseum as Matt Barkley and Robert Woods have the chance to break all-time records.  Barkley is four touchdowns shy of setting a new USC and Pac-12 career mark, while Woods is five catches away from becoming the all-time Trojans receptions leader.
  • Woods on the potential record: "It would mean a lot to me.  Growing up watching all the USC receivers, to be on the list with them at the top of it, it's an honor and a privilege.  Hopefully, I can do it on Saturday at home."
  • USC is not getting the offensive output that most anticipated going into the season.  The two big problems have been 3rd down efficiency and penalties, which sort of go hand-in-hand.  "I think a lot of the penalties have killed us on third downs," Barkley said.  "It's making sure that we don't put ourselves in [third and longs], so we can make the game easier on ourselves."
  • Freshman LT Max Tuerk is getting an extended look with the first team in place of Aundrey Walker, who leads USC in penalties, according to Kiffin.
  • The offense has been centered around the running game in recent weeks as a reaction to the double teams on Marqise Lee and Robert Woods.  The quarterback would still like to see the offense air it out more than 20 times.  "We better see some change.  I hope so," Barkley said.
  • Lee was held to a season low two receptions against Washington.  "It does not effect me as much as people think it does," said Lee about the low numbers.  "We still won.  If the run game is working, I say we run until they change their defense."
  • The sophomore was asked if he's having fun this season.  "I'm having a great time," Lee said with a big smile.
  • USC is one of only two teams in BCS conferences to play only two home games this season.  "We missed our fans," Woods said.  "It is fun and exciting to play at home, finally getting cheers instead of boos, but it's still football.  We've got to play our game."
  • Kiffin dropped the stat that Barkley has thrown the same amount of touchdown passes through six games this season as last season.  "Hopefully, we'll hit our stride like we did last year at this point," Kiffin said.
  • With all the media talk about individual numbers and stats, Barkley stated the overall objective clearly, "From now on, our goal is to win out the rest of the season."
  • Here is Lane Kiffin's entire post-practice media session...

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