Game-time updates: UCLA-USC
November, 26, 2011
By Pedro Moura | ESPNLosAngeles.com
LOS ANGELES -- We're about set to go here at the Coliseum for the Trojans' 5 p.m. PT game against Oregon. Here are a couple of last-minute things worthy of an update before kickoff:
- The crowd and the atmosphere around the Coliseum has the look of the Stanford game more than any of the other contests this season, meaning it actually looks like the stadium will be close to filled and fairly electric by kickoff. A 7 o'clock kickoff allowed for more tailgating time and more time to get in the building, but it also presented added challenges for USC's security systems. The two schools announced earlier in the week that they were bringing on more than a 25-percent increase in security forces for the game.
- Injury updates: Cornerback Nickell Robey (foot) looked ready to go in pregame warmups after missing some of Thursday's practice. Six players who had missed some portions of practice during the week -- receiver Robert Woods (ankle/shoulder), running back Curtis McNeal (knee), defensive end Devon Kennard (foot) and linebackers Dion Bailey (ankle), Lamar Dawson (ankle) and Hayes Pullard (undisclosed) -- all appeared healthy in warmups.
- The only player out for the Trojans who was in doubt for this game is defensive tackle J.R. Tavai (ankle), the freshman who had taken on an increased role in recent weeks when defensive tackle DaJohn Harris was bothered by an ankle injury. Tavai was in sweats before the game, meaning Harris, Christian Tupou and George Uko will have to take all the snaps at the two tackle spots.
- On the uniforms: As expected, UCLA broke out the all-white uniforms for Saturday's game. One twist to the blue-numbered jerseys: There are no names on the backs. Also as expected, USC stayed with its normal cardinal-and-gold home uniforms, despite some rumors that the Trojans would contrast the Bruins and go with all-blacks.
Join us here on the USC Report on ESPNLA.com beginning just before game time as Arash Markazi, Ramona Shelburne, Peter Yoon, Mark Saxon and I keep you updated throughout the game in Trojans Live!, an interactive live chat where we provide updates on game action and answer any and all questions.