Utah Tuesday: Notes

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The Trojans injury situation is only getting worse after an ugly night at Howard Jones and Brian Kennedy Fields.
  • In a scary scene, walk-on RB Taylor Ross suffered a devastating knee injury, and he was carted off the field into an ambulance. 
  • LB Lamar Dawson was also injured during practice.  He limped off the field aided by trainers, but no injury was disclosed at this time.
  • Ed Orgeron announced that Jordan Simmons was knocked out for the season with a knee injury suffered during Monday's practice in a "freak deal."  He was going up to catch a pass in a competitive drill.
  • Freshman RB Justin Davis is also out for the season with an ankle injury.  Orgeron said he would announce more details tomorrow.
  • The non-participation report included all three scholarship tight ends (Xavier Grimble, Randall Telfer and Jalen Cope-Fitzpatrick) as well as wide receivers Marqise Lee and Nelson Agholor.  RB Ty Isaac and S Dion Bailey did not practice either. 
  • Lee is considered day-to-day, and he is focused on his rehab and treatment away from the field.  "At the end of the day, I just want it when I'm out there, I'm capable to finish," he said.
  • On the field, the offensive line remains under the microscope after the penalty filled night at Notre Dame. "We just have to improve our technique," said center Marcus Martin. "As an offensive line, we are not here to dispute.  We are here to take responsibility and improve."
  • Offensive line coach Mike Summers is preaching "hands inside, hands inside" according to Martin.  "It's upsetting because penalties that take away explosive plays really hurt your offense.  It really took away from our offensive production.  That's our offensive line, and we take full responsibility," said Martin.
  • As for the skill position players on offense, OC Clay Helton does not know if he'll have any scholarship tight ends at his disposal.  "We're planning for all scenarios," Helton said.  "They don't pay you to have excuses. They pay you to find answers."
  • QB Cody Kessler had his shin cut wide open late in the game, but the biggest pain he suffered in South Bend was heartbreak.  "I think the best thing about this team is that...guys were hurting after the game," he said.  Instead of packing up and getting on the bus, "guys were sitting in the locker room upset.  And me personally, I was sitting there and I didn't want to leave.  I was crushed, and it was nice to look around and see guys that really did care and showed that it hurt them."
  • Kessler stayed after practice to work one-on-one with the walk-on wide receivers.  "It doesn't matter where you are on the depth chart, you are going to have to play in this game," he said.
  • Here is Ed Orgeron on the injuries, the kicking game and the holding penalties...

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