Kiffin: Revisiting Colorado

October, 21, 2012
10/21/12
11:04
PM PT
LOS ANGELES -- USC Trojans coach Lane Kiffin addressed the media in his normal day-after game conference call Sunday night, talking about his team's 50-6 win over Colorado and briefly looking ahead at the remaining five regular-season games.

Here are notes and quotes from the call:

Injury updates

Defensive end Devon Kennard (torn pec) will sit out the rest of the season and redshirt, Kiffin said.
Kennard will be a redshirt senior in 2013. He tore his pec in a July weight-lifting accident and previously said he had hopes of returning in November for a final NFL trial run.

Kiffin also provided updates on two other players, cornerback Brian Baucham and defensive tackle Cody Temple. Both players are out for the 2012 season, Baucham with a unspecified issue and Temple with an ankle injury.

Left tackle Aundrey Walker, who appeared to suffer a neck injury in the third quarter of Saturday's game, was released from the hospital Sunday after spending the night there.

Kiffin said Walker was back in meetings with the team Sunday. "Things seemed to be very positive," Kiffin said. "That's about all I'd be allowed to say."

Special-teams trickery

So the holder wearing No. 35 who took off running on the two-point play after USC's second touchdown in the first quarter?

That wasn't Kyle Negrete, USC's punter, who normally wears No. 35. That was Cody Kessler, third-string quarterback and recent new holder. Kiffin had Kessler sport No. 35 for the first half of Saturday's game -- presumably to run the fake kick -- and then switch back to No. 6 for the second half, when he came in the game in garbage time at quarterback and completed the first throws of his college career.

It's a legal move, but an ethically dubious one. Kessler was listed as the ballcarrier on the play in the postgame statistics, but he was not announced as such in the press box or over the PA.

It also opens the floodgates for many more potential shenanigans. If Kiffin tried that against Colorado, what might he try against Oregon? So much is suddenly in play.

Sunday, Kiffin deflected a question about who was the holder in the first half, saying, "I'd really rather not get into that at this time for certain reasons."

A suspension for Williams

Kiffin said he anticipated hearing back from Pac-12 Conference officials Monday regarding freshman defensive tackle Leonard Williams' ejection from Saturday's game.

Williams could be suspended for all or a portion of this week's game against Arizona for punching a Colorado player in the facemask. He told teammates he was retaliating to being spit in the face.

Kiffin said "a lot" of his overall disappointment with the team's 10 penalties against the Buffaloes had to do with Williams' mistake.

"Obviously we weren't pleased," Kiffin said.

Final notes: Kiffin referenced the presence of the Los Angeles Kings' Stanley Cup at the Coliseum in calling Saturday's game a "really special day." ... USC hit "rock bottom" with its first-half penalties against the Buffaloes, Kiffin said. He gave a halftime speech that he implied was the fiercest of his tenure with the Trojans. ... Arizona is averaging more yards per game than any of USC's remaining opponents, Kiffin pointed out. The Wildcats are fifth in the country with nearly 550 yards per game through seven games. Oregon is eighth, UCLA is 13th, Arizona State is 23rd and Notre Dame is 74th.

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