Thursday, October 13, 2011
Game-time updates: Cal
By Pedro Moura
SAN FRANCISCO -- We're just about set to go here at AT&T Park (!) for the Trojans' 6 p.m. game against Cal. Here are a couple of last-minute things worthy of an update before kickoff:
- Two key injury updates: Linebacker Lamar Dawson (ankle) and cornerback Torin Harris (shoulder) did not make the trip to the Bay Area and will not play in Thursday's game. Both players had participated in minor portions of practice over the last week and a half and were considered game-time decisions heading into the game. In Dawson's place as the No. 2 middle linebacker will be Will Andrew and Shane Horton, who should both play as the USC coaches attempt to rest Chris Galippo.
- At Harris' second starting spot could be either Isiah Wiley or Anthony Brown, who started two weeks ago against Arizona. Regardless, it's likely both players will play and actually allow the Trojans to set up in the occasional nickel set-up, which they didn't do a single time against the Wildcats. Wiley, a junior transfer, has looked very good over the last week of practice.
- Unlike the Emerald Bowl, the last (and only other) time USC played a game here at AT&T, the teams are not sharing sidelines. USC will be occupying the east sideline; Cal the west. The Bears' side appears a bit more spacious but the Trojans have plenty of room as well.
- The temperature was hotter than expected during the day in San Francisco, but it's dropped significantly as game time approaches. It's expected to be 75 degrees by kickoff and roughly 68 by the time the game ends. And the entire field at AT&T will be covered in shade by the time the game starts.
Join us here on the USC Report on ESPNLA.com beginning at 6 p.m. PT as 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.