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Carroll names McKnight starter

Updated: September 1, 2009, 10:35 PM ET
Associated Press

LOS ANGELES -- Even with injuries piling up and nervous anticipation building around his freshman quarterback, Southern California coach Pete Carroll only seems to get more excited about the season ahead.

Not even that significant injury list, an academic disappointment and a rookie passer can discourage the perpetually optimistic Carroll, whose fourth-ranked Trojans open the season Saturday at the Coliseum against San Jose State.

"We feel very comfortable with the transitions ...

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