USC Sunday Practice Scuffle

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.”

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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.

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USC Defensive Question

A reader asks if USC’s run-defense problems are attributed to Justin Wilcox’s formation, which employs a linebacker at the rush end position, who is smaller than a regular defensive end?

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