Posted September 29, 2012 on
PLAYERS: Lane Kiffin
TEAMS: USC Trojans
Week five gave the Trojans what Coach Lane Kiffin calls a much needed rest. Now No. 13 USC turns their attention and refreshed minds to Utah.

VIDEO: Lane Kiffin 9-30-12

USC Coach Lane Kiffin talks to the media following Sunday's practice. The No. 13 Trojans travel to Utah to take on the Utes in front of national television audience on Thursday.

Kiffin 'pleasantly surprised' with defensive line

Lane Kiffin gave his team the day off on Thursday. It will be their first of two off days in three days during the bye week. As the Trojans go through the bye, Kiffin's two most glaring concerns have been eased. First and foremost was depth at running back. That problem disappeared when Silas Redd showed up from Penn State. The one-two punch of Curtis McNeal and Redd showed...

Defenses give Barkley glimpse into the future

Matt Barkley's Heisman hopes were supposedly left somewhere on The Farm with USC's 21-14 loss to Stanford two weeks ago. If they weren't lost there, they were sucked up in the 296 yards on the ground the Trojans churned out against Cal, allegedly. Barkley finished with 192 yards through the air. Clearly, Barkley's stats --or anyone else's-- aren't at the...

Bye Week Notebook

No. 13 USC will travel to play Utah next Thursday. In the meantime, Coach Lane Kiffin changed up the practice schedule and routine to give his team time to rest and recover before getting back to game action.
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