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Monday, September 8, 2008
Noting USC's practice: 'Beanie Watch'

By ESPN.com staff
ESPN.com

Posted by ESPN.com's Ted Miller

LOS ANGELES -- USC coach Pete Carroll was his normal chipper self when he approached the post-practice gaggle of reporters.

"You want to begin with 'Beanie-watch' questions?" he quipped.

Well, er, yeah. What's your take on whether Ohio State's All-American tailback will play?

"We just figure the guy's playing," Carroll said. "I can't imagine that he won't. But on the other side of it, they showed three really good running backs last week. They're not short of running backs at all."

The Trojans are using 235-pound tailback Broderick Green and 225-pound Allen Bradford to simulate the 237-pound Wells, who's nursing a bum foot and sat out the Buckeyes' lackluster victory over Ohio on Saturday.

"Those guys run big and tough," Carroll said. "It gives us the feel."

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