In our weekly feature at a different time this week because of the Thursday night kickoff, here are two worthwhile videos from the week-plus of Cal prep that didn't make it into any of our other posts. We'll have more from San Francisco in advance of the 6 p.m. start at AT&T Park:
Receiver Kyle Prater has been the forgotten man of sorts for the Trojans this season, hardly playing through five games as he's once again been bothered by nagging injuries. But he's a redshirt freshman now, and this year actually counts, so he's moving forward with his eye on increased playing time in the coming weeks.
The injury that forced him to sit out of practice last week and wear a walking boot was a re-aggravation of the Jones fracture in his foot he originally suffered in winter workouts earlier this year. He talked this week about the recovery process and how he's healthy once again.
"It's all about patience," Prater said. "When my opportunity comes and my name is called, I'm going to make the most of it."
See the full video here:
Last week, USC running back Curtis McNeal found out about an opportunity to volunteer with some elementary-school students in his hometown of Venice High from a friend and he jumped on it, playing football with some fifth- and sixth-graders on a team off day.
He even brought along some USC football posters autographed them and handed them out to all of the participants, which he said was a big success. That story's just another example of how much McNeal has changed since he first got on campus at USC in August of 2008, going from an 18-year-old kid they called 'Moody' to a 21-year-old man now considered one of the foremost leaders on the team.
See video of McNeal, a redshirt junior, talking over the status of the Trojans' running back corps heading into Thursday's Cal game: