Injury update

Offensive lineman Khaled Holmes (pinched nerve in neck) will start at right guard on Thursday. Holmes practiced with the first unit, and Lane Kiffin proclaimed him ready. … Abe Markowitz had surgery to repair a fractured foot on Tuesday, and Kiffin said the surgery went well … QB Mitch Mustain and tailback DJ Morgan (knee) are limited … TE Xavier Grimble (ankle) is out.

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No Aloha Visit

Lane Kiffin canceled Wednesday’s walkthrough at Aloha Stadium. A pre-game visit to the opposing stadium was always a big part of Pete Carroll’s itinerary on road trips but Kiffin said Monday he would do some things differently. Now we know one for sure.

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More Kiffin On Kiffin

“I never told him he needed to coach. He was always fascinated by the strategy and asked questions about game management.”
— Monte Kiffin on Lane Kiffin

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Kiffin On Kiffin

“He had no idea or desire to coach defense.”
— Monte Kiffin on his son, Lane, preferring offense during his childhood

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No Nerves?

Lane Kiffin insisted he will not be nervous right before Thursday’s Hawaii game.
“I don’t have time to get nervous,” he said.

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Morning Buzz


Here’s my video report on some coaching questions going into the season opener against Hawaii.

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Regime Change

Lane Kiffin will be doing things differently on the road trip with his approach to pre-game walkthroughs and other things compared to his predecessor, Pete Carroll.
“There’s a million ways to do things,” Kiffin said. “It’s going to be a little bit tighter. That doesn’t mean its better by any means. The old way won 34 straight games and seven straight conference championships.
“But you have to be yourself and you have to let your own personality on your team. We’ll be a little tighter with them and not quite as loose.”

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Post-Practice Report

As you might notice, post-practice updates are posted first on the twitter feed located on the right side of this blog.
We already mentioned that freshman wide receiver Kyle Prater is expected to redshirt this season. Apparently, his thigh and hamstring injuries were too much to overcome and USC is deep at receiver.
Michael Reardon returned to practice Monday and is now the backup center. Khaled Holmes, listed as “limited” by Lane Kiffin, is the No. 3 center.
Kiffin said tonight that the defense’s tackling and the running game would be two big questions going into the Hawaii game because of the lack of live tackling on practices.

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