Pete Carroll on Ronald Johnson, who will start Saturday:
“He had a really good week. He really needed a week to get back to full-speed. As much as he was frustrated that he couldn’t do more in the game, it was just part of the process of getting him back. He’s healthy and feeling good. We are expecting him to be right in the middle of it.”
Pete Carroll on fullback D.J. Shoemate:
“I am really excited about D.J. He has done a really good job of learning his stuff and working hard. He is a good athlete and a good football player, so we are anxious to see him play.”
Pete Carroll on the playmaking ability of the Rodgers brothers:
“The Rodgers brothers are ridiculous. They’re both terrific football players. They can get you a number of different ways. They can both catch it, they both can run it.
They are the guys, run and pass, that you have take care of. We are going to try to cover the whole family if we can.”
Pete Carroll on facing a zone runner like Jacquizz Rodgers:
“There has been a number of guys that are great zone runners over the years. Those to me are guys that can set the defense and run somewhere else. They force you to show where you’re playing on your defensive assignments and then they run somewhere else. He’s one of those guys. He’s really good at it.
“The most notable guy – Emmitt Smith was a great zone runner. He could make you play the defense, and if you didn’t adjust out of it, he was going to get you. He sets you in a way, and this does the same thing. I have great respect for the way he plays and the way he runs.”
Pete Carroll on defending Jacquizz Rodgers:
“We’ve got to be very disciplined at the line of scrimmage to take care of Jacquizz Rodgers running it. He’s the style of runner that really demands it of your defense. You give him a crack, he can take it. If you make a mistake he’s going to take advantage of it. So it really calls for a strict approach to it this week.”
Pete Carroll on USC’s dominance at the Coliseum:
“I do know that if you are going to be really successful, and a championship team, you have to dominate at home. You have to have a long streak and win year after year after year. You cannot do it without that.
“We have played well there for a long time and I am really proud of that. It means the world to us.”
Pete Carroll will look to get his 47th home win in the last 48 games at the Coliseum.
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