Tuesday Practice Report

Kristofer O'Dowd

After losing his starting position earlier this season, Kristofer O'Dowd reclaimed his job in the starting lineup this week. O'Dowd will start at center against Arizona while Jeff Byers will move to left guard and Butch Lewis will start at right guard.

- Blake Ayles, Joe McKnight and Jarvis Jones were among the players that didn't participate in Tuesday's practice.

- Junior tailback Joe McKnight missed his second straight day of practice because a bruised left thigh injury that he suffered in the second half of USC's win over UCLA. Carroll said McKnight overworked himself on Monday and that has delayed his return. McKnight hopes to return to practice on Wednesday.

"They think it's going to be okay for the weekend and he may not get a lot of work during the week," Carroll said.

- After losing his starting position earlier this season, Kristofer O'Dowd reclaimed his job in the starting lineup this week. O'Dowd will start at center against Arizona while Jeff Byers will move to left guard and Butch Lewis will start at right guard.

"We haven't had a chance to get Kris playing much," Carroll said. "He's done really well in practice for a couple of weeks and we need to get him in the game."

- Pete Carroll was once again asked about the actions of his players near the end of the UCLA game and took the opportunity to defend his team.

"They were pumped. They were so excited about it. They were nuts about it," he said. "They were jumping up and down and having fun with it, and something else happened from the other sidelines. I can't control the other side."

- Freshman quarterback Matt Barkley, who has passed for 12 touchdowns and 11 interceptions, said Tuesday that his 11 interceptions were unacceptable, especially when coupled with just a dozen touchdowns.

"Compared to how many touchdowns I have thrown and how many attempts I have, it's not acceptable," Barkley said. "I am always trying to limit that number. You never want that number to be over 10."

Pete Carroll agreed with his quarterback's assessment that 11 interceptions were too many, but he went on to defend Barkley and say the turnovers weren't all his fault.

"There has been a couple of balls that he shouldn't have thrown but there hasn't been that many of them," Carroll said.

- The Trojans have been criticized for the way they celebrated their final touchdown against UCLA, and have been accused of taunting UCLA, but Barkley didn't think that was the case.

"I don't see how jumping up and down can be considered taunting," Barkley said. "I just know that it was loud and our guys were stoked that we scored."

- Carroll commented on the upcoming retirement of legendary Florida State head coach Bobby Bowden. The 80-year-old Bowden has won 388 games in his 44-year career, second only to Joe Paterno.

"Coach Bowden has done everything you can ever do and has had a celebrated run of, you know, historic proportions," Carroll said. "Nobody but Joe could ever even come close to it. It's amazing what he's accomplished and done."


Joe McKnight missed his second straight practice with a bruised left thigh.


*Discuss more on the SCPlaybook.com message boards

If you have any questions, comments or suggestions you can reach Kevin Carden at kevin@scplaybook.com


USCFootball.com Recommended Stories