USC: Abe Markwoitz
November, 23, 2010
By Pedro Moura | ESPNLosAngeles.com
Notes, quotes and video from Tuesday's practice:
- There was high praise thrown around on Howard Jones Field for a defense just three days removed from giving up 36 points to Oregon State, as Trojans coach Lane Kiffin called the defensive performance Tuesday the best he's seen since coming to USC in January and compared it to defenses of past years. “I don’t know what was said to them or got into them, but for the first time since I’ve been here they had a mentality in practice that was like the last time we were here, which was really neat to see,” Kiffin said. “You could see a different look in them. It’s what we’ve been trying to work for for a long time.” The thing is, the defense actually had one of its better games against the Beavers -- at least according to middle linebacker Chris Galippo, who noted that the Beavers had gained just over 200 yards more than halfway through the fourth quarter.
- Quarterback Mitch Mustain is preparing to start in the place of the injured Matt Barkley, but Kiffin has not committed to either player yet. Mustain took roughly 90 percent of the snaps during practice, with walk-on John Manoogian taking the remaining 10 percent. See everything Mustain had to say about his day further down in this post. Said Barkley of starting: "As of now, I’m planning on it. That’s what I’m planning on, so we’ll see." Behind Mustain, Kiffin indicated that the next player to come into a game would likely be the currently ineligible Dillon Baxter. We'll have more on the quarterback situation tomorrow, too.