USC: Brock Lesnar
October, 26, 2010
By Pedro Moura | ESPNLosAngeles.com
Notes, quotes and video from Tuesday's practice:
- The atmosphere in and around Howard Jones Field this week is different than it has been so far this season -- different in that there is a definite buzz among the Trojans as they prepare to face No. 2 Oregon. Quarterback Matt Barkley said it after Tuesday's practice: "This could be, in a sense, our bowl game. With the No. 1 team coming into our house on [the day before Halloween], under the lights, it's gonna be a big game for us. But I think it's important that we don't take anything out of context and we don't let it get too big in our own eyes, but we just focus on ourselves and -- even though it's gonna be big and even though there's gonna be a lot of talk about it, with Gameday here and everything -- just focus on ourselves and what we do."
- Injury report: Linebackers Malcolm Smith (knee) and Marquis Simmons, defensive end James Boyd, guard John Martinez (foot) and running backs Dillon Baxter (toe) and C.J. Gable (knee) did not practice. Senior running back Allen Bradford was limited with a big toe injury. Both Baxter and Gable had said they planned to practice Tuesday; after practice, Baxter was approached by reporters but said that he was under orders from Coach Lane Kiffin not to speak to the media.
- Two other players appeared to suffer injuries, although they were not listed in the official injury report. Running back Marc Tyler hurt his back on a run when he was hit hard by Jawanza Starling and said after practice that it was an aggravation of a bruise he had previously suffered; defensive end Nick Perry walked very gingerly off the field, looking as if the sprained ankle that has bothered him for more than two months now was once again bothering him.