Saturday, November 12, 2011
Game-time updates: Washington-USC
By Pedro Moura
LOS ANGELES -- We're just about set to go here at the Coliseum for the Trojans' 12:45 p.m. PT game against Washington. Here are a couple of last-minute things worthy of an update before kickoff:
- Defensive tackle DaJohn Harris, who sat out most of practice this week with an unspecified ankle injury, was participating in pregame warmups with his teammates, but he will not start Saturday. Harris' presence will be key against a Washington team that's carried by its run game, but redshirt freshman George Uko will make his first career start under tackle in his place. If Harris can't come in as a reserve, true freshman J.R. Tavai would back up Uko and nose tackle Christian Tupou.
- Also warming up with his teammates was freshman running back George Farmer, who has missed the last two weeks with a sprained ankle. Farmer made news this week by announcing he'd prefer to play receiver over running back, but he's only going to play running back the rest of the year. It'll be interesting, then, to see how much he plays this week now that he's healthy.
- Compared to the crowd last time USC played at the Coliseum, two weeks ago against Stanford, there were very few non-stands in the crowd as of half an hour before kickoff. Game-time temperature is projected to be 62 degrees, with a 35 percent chance of rain throughout the game, according to Weather.com.
- Former USC defensive end Kenechi Udeze is now working as an assistant strength coach for Washington. He and Huskies head coach Steve Sarkisian made the rounds on the field pregame, visiting with a number of long-tenured USC staff members. Udeze played in the NFL for four seasons after being drafted in the first round out of USC in 2004 but was forced to retire in 2008 when diagnosed with leukemia. He has since beat the disease and is now in remission.
Join us here on the USC Report on ESPNLA.com at 12:45 p.m. PT as Mark Saxon, Arash Markazi and I keep you updated throughout the game in Trojans Live!, an interactive chat where we provide updates on game action and answer your questions.