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Q: Trojan Conquest said:
The entire defense has played terrible over the last 3 games but the linebackers seem especially bad. I know you said a few weeks ago that Gallipo was the team MVP but he looked slow and unable to tackle against Oregon. I believe not getting Burfict and Te’o has really hurt the Trojans, especially with the health problem of Telfort. Jarvis Jones should help in the coming years but he’s much lighter than either Burfict or Te’o now. Is SC recruiting any 5 star linebackers this year in the caliber of Burfict and Te’o.
A: Whether or not you like Te’o's personality, he’s lived up to his hype at Notre Dame. So he would definitely be playing in some capacity right now. And Telfort’s loss was huge because he might be starting right now. USC is recruiting inside linebacker Jeff Luc from Port St. Lucie, Fla. They are also going hard after Josh Shirley of Fontana. I would add that it is even more important to secure Ronald Powell of Rancho Verde, a defensive end who is possibly the top prospect in the nation that USC is recruiting right now. Powell’s played some linebacker in camps but more importantly, he is an impact player on defense and is vital.
Q: Gatsby said:
Aren’t the number of injuries being reported rather excessive? Has anyone done a comparison to other teams on the nature, frequency and causes of injuries incurred by USC team members?
A: Injuries were worse a couple years ago. Remember USC had one healthy offensive lineman going into the Notre Dame two years ago. That was the year Chilo Rachal and Kris O’Dowd were hurt on the same play at Washington. But USC always has a lot of injuries because more occur in practice than at other schools because practices are so physical. Pete Carroll considers it a tradeoff for his style of practices.
Q: YogiBear said:
How will the lost effect recruiting especially with Lache Seastrunk visiting Oregon. Will this defeat to Oregon cause USC to have decommitments, have players lose interest in the team, and will it cause the team to recruit differently and focus on other positions? Please explain the effect on recruiting.
A: I never get the sense that Seastrunk is real interested in USC. But I’ve said this for years and in the last installment. Losing does not hurt recruiting if it happens one season. It shows recruits that nobody’s job is safe and coaches would feel a sense of urgency and more apt to make changes. The key is to contain the losing to one season.