Defensive lineman Claude Pelon left the field on a cart after an apparent ankle spain. Cornerback Kevon Seymour (knee) is expected to play against Washington along with nose tackle Antwaun Woods (chest). Wide receiver Darreus Rogers (hamstring) looks out because he has not practiced.
Steve Sarkisian said he has had a 1,000-yard rusher every season since he became a head coach. Freshman Ronald Jones currently leads USC in rushing with just 242 yards as a tailback-by-committee approach is being used.
“As of right now, they’re all doing a good job and executing when they get their numbers called, so I have a hard time arguing with it.”
Things got a little out of hand during Sunday’s practice when defensive end Don Hill threw a punch at tailback Aca’Cedric Ware.
“It happens,” Ware said. “We’re all family in the end.”
Wide receiver JuJu Smith-Schuster caught a pass on the following play, placed the ball down and raised his fists, pretending like he wanted to fight someone.
“I love it when our boys go at it,” Smith-Schuster said. “The reason we play so great on Saturday nights is our (scout) team.”
So what did you think of Jim Mora’s decision to take an intentional safety near the end of the Arizona State game, which made the deficit, 31-23. UCLA would have to get a touchdown and a two-point conversion to tie the game.
Did that avoid a blocked punt and possible ASU recovery in the end zone? Did Mora think ASU would get an easy field goa if UCLAl punted out of the end zone? Was the safety a big advantage in field position with the free kick from the 20?
Did you agree or disagree with the decision? It was out-of-the-box thinking, at the very least. And if Steve Sarkisian did it, the reaction would be negative.
Here is my ballot for this week’s Top 25 ballot, where I have a new No. 1 (Baylor).
USC is ranked No. 17 in roday’s coaches’ poll, which means the Trojans dropped one spot from last week. It shows what happens when you face “BYE” on the schedule.
UPDATED: USC is also No. 17 in the AP Top 25 poll, which is the same ranking as last week
Full AP poll after the jump: