Oregon State is the only Pac-10 team that controls its destiny. But Coach Mike Riley continues to downplay it.
“I guess it’s a real thing, but I never dwell on that. It leads to those long-term thing,” Riley said. “If you do this and this and this, then you can do this, and this and this. If you lose a game, it pulls the rug out from under you and you have to start all over.”
Pete Carroll said he was not sure who would start at right tackle. Nick Howell started against Arizona but was pulled after the fourth series in favor of previous starter Butch Lewis.
“There’s a good chance Nick will start again,” Carroll said.
Tailback Joe McKnight, was not 100 percent last week, enjoyed his best practice of the week. Still wondering why he went to Washington State if he was not fully healthy the following week against Arizona.
Wide receiver Damian Williams is not participating in contact until game day. Defensive end Everson Griffen did not finish practice Wednesday, bothered by a sore toe.
UPDATED: Griffen actually had an upset stomach. We went with Caesar’s explanation above.
Former USC baseball player Geoff Jenkins (Philadelphia Phillies) became the 14th Trojan to be a member of a World Series champion. He is the third player coached by Mike Gillespie to win a World Series, joining pitcher Anthony Reyes and Randy Flores (St Louis Cardinals, 2006).