Sun Bowl Practice #4: Notes

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Written by USC blog contributor, Andie Hagemann

The Trojans participated in a spirited and competitive practice while braving the inclement weather.
  • Head coach Lane Kiffin was impressed with the high-energy practice. "I thought the guys had great energy today for a Sunday practice," Kiffin said. "It was very competitive and it was good to see." 
  • As announced last week, if Barkley cannot play, Wittek will be starting as quarterback for the Trojans against Georgia Tech. "I am going to treat it like I have all season- which is to prepare like I am going to play. I am going to prepare like I am going to be the starter for this game," Wittek said. "With school being over for the semester, I have extra hours to watch film and extra time to work with the receivers so we can execute our offense to perfection."
  • After today's lively practice, it is noticeable that the Trojans are anxious to play the Yellow Jackets. "I think everyone is fired up out here," Wittek said. "We had a lot more competition and more plays against our defense than usual."
  • Though only having started one game, Wittek said that he has become more recognizable around campus. However, he is not letting it distract him from the Trojans' next opponent. "I think it comes with playing the number one team in the country. All eyes are on that game so I have been recognized a little bit more," Wittek said. "I am just trying to stay prepared because Georgia Tech is coming up and they are a good football team."
  • USC is excited to play in its first bowl game since 2009. The Sun Bowl gives the Trojans one last chance to finish off the season on a high note. "It is another game for our team to play together and we are excited for that," Wittek said. "We are going to treat it like the game and we are going to play it like the game."
Here is Lane Kiffin's post-practice presser...

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