Arizona Tuesday: Notes

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The Trojans wrapped up practice for the Wildcats 48 hours from kickoff.
  • Interim head coach Ed Orgeron does not expect WR Marqise Lee nor OLB Morgan Breslin to be healthy enough to play Thursday night.  He has not ruled either out, but he is doubtful.
  • Allen-Speech.JPGOn the other hand, RB Justin Davis, WR Darreus Rogers and WR De'Von Flournoy are on the mend.  They will all be game time decisions. 
  • RB Silas Redd is ready to roll, but Tre Madden will continue to start.  Orgeron would like to use as many as five running backs this week if Davis is healthy.  Along with Buck Allen, Ty Isaac could see a heavier workload.
  • Orgeron announced plans to hire Pete Jenkins as an assistant defensive line coach.  Jenkins, who is a 3-4 expert, was brought in earlier this season as a consultant.  He was a longtime assistant at LSU, and mentored Orgeron early in his career.
  • Before practice, Heisman Trophy winner Marcus Allen delivered an impassioned speech to the Trojans (pictured).  Among other things, he stressed the team's responsibility and opportunity to fulfill its potential.  "We have set the bar high, but we're not going to lower it for anybody.  It is up to you guys to not only reach it, go beyond it.  Set a new standard," Allen said.
  • Orgeron on bringing legends back:  "I think it's really important.  We have a great tradition here.  We need to lean on these guys, and these guys teach the younger guys how they did it."
  • Just two days from leading the Trojans out of the tunnel as the head coach, Orgeron would not admit to nerves, but he is excited.  "Come Thursday, I'm gonna be a little fired up," he said.  "I don't know about nervous, but I'm gonna be fired up."
  • Instead of lounging around the hotel, Orgeron is taking the team to a movie Wednesday night.  They will have their pregame meetings during the day on Thursday since it is a night game.  He does not know what movie, but, "I'm going to be on the bus.  That's all I know."
  • Here is Orgeron's final media session before his debut:

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