Clay Helton said Rasheem Green (ankle) and Ajene Harris (knee) returned to practice today.
I can’t stop thinking about that third-and-1 play against Texas. Mainly because I didn’t realize until later in the week that USC actually had its third-and-fourth string tailbacks on the field for the play. Again, it has nothing to do with them. It has everything to do with keeping Ronald Jones and Stephen Carr off the field.
Does anyone remember the USC having Reggie Bush and LenDale White in a third-down situation in the first quarter in 2005 and running a play with Desmond Reed and David Kirtman?
Believe it or not, this was the Coliseum policy until 1974. “Women and children are NOT admitted to the press box.” Just to be clear, women referred to female reporters. So what happened if a female journalist wanted to cover a game? In the early 1960’s, the highly respected sportswriter Jeane Hoffman wanted to attend a USC game. She was given two tickets to sit outside the press box.
This Saturday is the Joe Roth Memoral Game, which honors the beloved Cal quarterback and will feature the Bears wearing throwback uniforms. Well, the first Joe Roth game was in 1977 (above).
And that featured a fight that cleared the sidelines in the fourth quarter. According to reports, Cal’s Anthony Washington punched USC tailback Charles White in the face while White laid on the sideline. White retaliated and the sidelines emptied. Cal upset the Trojans, 17-14.
It’s time for this week’s column on 10 things USC needs to fix after last week’s game against Texas.
Excerpt: Fewer penalties, please: USC averages more than eight penalties per game. That ranks No. 105 in the nation. Do you think there will be fewer at Cal, where the offensive line will undoubtedly have a false start? It had several false starts against Texas at the Coliseum, which is almost inexcusable. Again, this is a coaching issue.
Defensive end Uchenna Nwosu returned but a lot of other players missed practice, including tailback Ronald Jones, wide receivers Steven Mitchell and Joseph Lewis, defensive Porter Gustin, defensive tackle Rasheem Green and cornerback Ajene Harris.
No updates on when they might return from Clay Helton, who said he didn’t have any concerns with Stephen Carr getting 20 carries against Cal if Jones cannot play. With Mitchell out, Tyler Vaughns assumes his spot, which was the case during spring practice and the first few weeks of training camp.