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Notre Dame Tuesday: Notes

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After a pre-practice pep talk from Ray Lewis, the Trojans sped up preparations for Notre Dame.
  • Positive news on the injury front!  WR Marqise Lee participated in an early portion of today's practice, and he expects to be ready for the Notre Dame game on Saturday.  "I had a great day today, " said Lee, who expects to be "100%" by game day.
  • Screen Shot 2013-10-15 at 7.40.48 PM.pngThe wide receiver group has already been boosted by the return to full practice for Darreus Rogers and De'Von Flournoy, who made a beautiful one-handed catch today.
  • Staying on offense, running backs Tre Madden and Ty Isaac both sat out practice.  However, Kevin Graf returned at right tackle.
  • Defensively, CB Anthony Brown, who has not played since the season opener, is a candidate to start Saturday.  He ran with the first team today.  OLB Morgan Breslin was still out today.
  • Two-time Super Bowl champion Ray Lewis spoke to the team in the John McKay Center this afternoon, which meant a lot to Silas Redd who is "one of his biggest fans."  What did he take away from the always inspiring Lewis? "Everything.  I don't think I blinked once while he was talking."
  • If Madden cannot play, Redd could start Saturday, but he admitted "things are still moving a little fast for me."  However, he called his return against Arizona "perfect timing" as a warm-up for the rivalry game. "I feel much more comfortable now going into Notre Dame."
  • Redd has played in some tough stadiums like Michigan and Alabama, but he has never had the pleasure of taking the field at Notre Dame Stadium.  "This will be my first time out there," he said.  "I heard it's a crazy atmosphere.  I'm excited to see what that's all about."
  • While many will try to downplay it, Lee acknowledged that this is not like every other week, "Notre Dame is a big, big game for us.  We're just trying to stay focused."
  • Cody Kessler is also excited to lead the Trojans' offense in the greatest intersectional rivalry in college football, but he knows he needs "to stay calm and make sure I stay collected and focus on the task at hand."
  • Kessler caused a minor stir with his post-game comments strongly in support of Ed Orgeron, but he clarified today that he meant no disrespect to Lane Kiffin.  In fact, he texted Kiffin an apology saying, "You were a great coach to me and I love you. I'm thankful for everything you did for me."  Kiffin responded that he understood and took no offense.
  • Marqise Lee set Twitter ablaze last week too with his exuberant facial expressions on the sideline.  "I've seen those.  Everybody sent them to me," said Lee, who loved how much fun his teammates were having on the field.  "I was just excited.  It just had me hyped"
  • Lee is just happy to be in the discussion to play again this week.  When he went down against Arizona State, he thought his season was done.  "A knee injury is no joke," he said. "I was scared.  I expected the worst when it first happened."
  • Here is Ed Orgeron on bringing in Lewis, Lee's health and more...

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I'd love to see Marquise Lee play this week but only if he's healthy. Please don't risk further injury. I root for the rest of the Pac-12, even UCLA, except when they play USC. I'd love for the final rankings to be USC #1 and UCLA (maybe Oregon or Stanford) #2. However, I NEVER root for Notre Dame. This is not just another game. Beat the living crap out of the Irish.

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