Ed Orgeron was happier today with USC's practice as he tries to refocus the Trojans on the task at hand.
- No injury report today.
- With Colorado sandwiched between Stanford and UCLA on USC's schedule, the obvious question is whether or not the Trojans will overlook the Buffaloes. "Not at all, you're talking about a team that lost to Washington State," said safety Dion Bailey. "We don't have the ability to overlook anyone."
- Colorado's greatest strength is at wide receiver with Los Angeles products Paul Richardson and Nelson Spruce. "Paul, he is special," said Josh Shaw, who has worked out with Richardson in the offseason. "If you ask me, he's the best receiver I have seen on film this year."
- The entire Trojans' secondary played big against the Cardinal, especially Bailey, who anticipated Stanford's play-call on his key red zone interception. Clancy Pendergast trusts Bailey enough to use his instincts. "Coach P does not limit my freedom much," said Bailey. "I have a lot of freedom to use my instincts and make plays on the ball. Last week, I was able to take advantage of it."
- Of course, Bailey and company were pressed about whether or not Orgeron should be the head coach, but Bailey called the decision "over my head", saying, "We know we have him for three more games, and we are going to give everything we got for him these last three games that he's guaranteed to be a head coach."
- Orgeron heard the news that he is a semifinalist for the National Coach of the Year award, but he called it "a reflection of what the team is doing" and deflected the attention away from himself.
- Bailey is part of a talent-rich junior class that could see several players lured to the NFL after the season. The underclassmen have leaned on Robert Woods and T.J. McDonald for advice. "Watching them in the NFL and seeing the success that they are having definitely gives you more confidence that you have a place in the league," said Bailey.
- Here is Orgeron's post-practice presser which mostly centered around the cold weather...