Sunday, December 5, 2010
Notes from Sunday's conference call
By Pedro Moura
Some items of note from coach Lane Kiffin's final Sunday conference call, which looked back at Saturday's season-finale win over UCLA and ahead to next season:
- USC's 2010 season ended Saturday night at around 10:45 p.m. The recruiting season then started early Sunday morning, with several Trojan assistants departing on recruiting trips and skipping out on the Trojans' formal end-of-year team dinner at University President Max Nikias' house in San Marino. Kiffin said he'd join them and get on the road Monday.
- As for specific recruiting goals, Kiffin said he hoped to get nine or 10 high-school seniors to enroll at USC in January and thus count as part of the 2010 recruiting class. Well, first he said he wanted "45" early enrollees -- but that was a joke. And he also indicated that getting nine or 10 players to come in early was easier said than done, too. And, position-wise, Kiffin said: “We have zero depth at all on the offensive line. And the linebackers, I don’t even know how we would line up if we had to play a game tomorrow.”
- Injury updates: Kiffin said both cornerback Torin Harris and offensive lineman Kevin Graf will require offseason shoulder surgeries. Kiffin was also asked if cornerback T.J. Bryant -- who underwent surgery on his injured labrum last month -- would be able to apply for a medical redshirt. He said Bryant, a junior, just missed out on it by playing in four of the Trojans' 13 games this season. The limit to receive a medical redshirt is 30 percent; four of 13 is 30.7 percent.
- Allen Bradford ended his USC career with a remarkable 212-yard, two-touchdown rushing day (259 yards overall). Kiffin, continuing to show an eye for what makes a good story, spotlighted that during the call. “It’s really a compelling story,” he said of Bradford's collegiate finale. “I’m glad our guys got to see that.”