The Trojans got after it under the lights tonight...
- The bowl practices continue to be filled with energy and intensity. "The five practices, especially the last three, this is the best they've been," said Lane Kiffin, who is considering switching back to the late afternoon practice format next season.
- The coaches started the process of installing the game plan for Georgia Tech. "It was interesting," said Kiffin about trying to get the service team to mimic Paul Johnson's offense. "I don't know how people do it one week." He compared the challenge to preparing for Oregon because it is so hard to simulate the opponent's offense.
- Walk-on tailback Robert Mojica is playing quarterback for the service team.
- Because the Yellow Jackets do so much cut blocking, the defensive test is as much about a team's mentality as it is scheme, according to Kiffin. He pointed to some unnamed teams on tape who were not fully committed to the challenge that gave up big yardage to Georgia Tech.
- George Farmer has been one of the rejuvenated stars of bowl practice. He is focused on bringing consistent effort and concentration. "You can't worry about anything else but to get better," he said. "We're out here as a team to compete and just trying to take that mentality into practice and do everything I can to help the team out."
- While Farmer's production has not matched his high school hype, the sophomore points to injuries as the biggest culprit. He is healthy now and ready to impress the coaches. "You've got to make your way in this offense. You've got to show the coaches that you are consistent and you are able to play in this offense and fit in well."
- Both Farmer and Nelson Agholor could move up a peg if Robert Woods decides to turn pro. Farmer called the situation a "win-win," but he is guessing Woods will make the leap. "There comes a time when everybody has to go to the next level and it seems like Robert's time," said Farmer, who is excited to root for his friend and high school teammate in the NFL. "If he does return back, it's just another year that I can work with him, one of the best receivers in the nation."
- Before leaving for El Paso, Kiffin has planned some activities for the team. They are headed to a movie tomorrow night and then the following night, the entire team will eat dinner at the head coach's house, receive their bowl gifts and attend the Clippers game.