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Earlier this week, Lane Kiffin announced that Matt Barkley would not play in Saturday's game against Notre Dame. With Barkley out, the Trojans' upset hopes now rest on the arm of redshirt freshman Max Wittek. Wittek only has nine pass attempts for the season and has taken limited snaps in his young career.
With a redshirt freshman at the helm and the Irish likely to play a lot of soft zone coverage behind a stout front seven, look for the Trojans to attack the perimeter of the Irish defense with an array of bubble screens, hitches, outs and other quick pass plays. These types of plays are low risk and can build a young quarterback's confidence. Perhaps more importantly, they can get USC's talented receivers in one-on-one matchups and force defenders to tackle in space.
Let's look at a few examples of how USC attacks the perimeter with quick passes.
The first play comes from the season opener against Hawaii. It's a good illustration of the "...
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Max Wittek, a redshirt freshman quarterback who will play in the place of the injured Matt Barkley this weekend, said he believes the Trojans will beat the Fighting Irish.
With USC Trojan Matt Barkley shelved after suffering a sprained AC joint in his right shoulder last weekend against UCLA, the senior quarterback’s NFL Draft stock continues to rapidly plummet. The 6-foot-2, 230 pound Barkley, who was once projected to … Continue reading →
USC head coach Lane Kiffin announced that senior quarterback Matt Barkley will be out for the game against Notre Dame this coming Saturday. Barkley suffered an AC sprain late in the loss to UCLA.
Without Barkley, Notre Dame seems like a lock for the BCS title game.
Of course this is college football and crazy stuff happens.
Kiffin on Matt Barkley said out for Notre Dame.
The chances of USC taking down no. 1 ranked Notre Dame on Saturday have already taken a big hit with the news that Trojan starting quarterback Matt Barkley is out with an AC injury in his shoulder.
"Barkley hurt the shoulder when he was sacked with two-plus minutes
remaining in USC's 38-28 loss at the Rose Bowl. He was examined on the
field by the school's...
USC senior QB Matt Barkley will not start Saturday’s game against Notre Dame due to an AC sprain in his shoulder.Redshirt Freshman Max Wittek will start in his place. Head coach Lane Kiffin did not elaborate on if Barkley is available as a reserve, but we doubt it. The senior has struggled a bit in recent weeks, causing Trojans fans to lose patience, but they may not like the results...
USC Coach Lane Kiffin talks with the media following Wednesday's practice as the Trojans continue to prepare for No. 1 Notre Dame.
LOS ANGELES - Although the result wasnt the one they were looking for, USC didnt have any problem getting up for UCLA.
The buildup contributes to that. They dont have Conquest every week on the USC campus, nor do they have a bonfire each week on the UCLA campus. Those traditions are saved for USC-UCLA rivalry week.
Players from both sides of the crosstown rivalry know each other...
Yogi Roth of the Pac-12 Network joins Fox Sports Tonight and talks about USC's next quarterback taking over for Matt Barkley.
The USC Trojans started the season ranked in the top 3 in both the Associated Press and Coaches polls, but after 4 disappointing losses have dropped out of the top 25 completely.
This has a lot of USC fans calling for Trojan coach Lane Kiffin to be fired. Kiffin has lost some big games this year by very small margins.
L – Stanford 21 – 14
L – Arizona 39 -36
L – Oregon 62...
That was the slogan of a very popular t-shirt among young USC football fans a couple of years ago. It was a preshrunk cotton middle finger to Trojan haters. It meant “Yeah, our coach is an arrogant prick, and we love it because we’re better than you.”
Those t-shirts disappeared as quickly as the “Mike Williams Is Gangsta” shirts did in 2003 (those are so obsolete you can’t...
Petros Papadakis, FOX college football analyst, joins Matt this week to discuss the crazy weekend of football that was. They talk about USC's loss to crosstown rival UCLA and what this could mean for Lane Kiffin; a thought on embattled first year coach Mike Leach; and a preview of this weekend's Territorial Cup game between ASU and Arizona.
Among his observations: