More stuff about Saturday's USC/UCLA game:
Recruiting: This is one of USC's biggest recruiting weekends of the year. In addition to many recruits making unofficial vists, at least six top high school players are making their official visits this weekend:
- Top-rated DE Jackson Jeffcoat (Plano West Senior HS), Plano, TX
- Top-rated WR Kyle Prater (Proviso West HS), Hillside, IL
- Top-five DT George Uko (Don Antonio Lugo HS), Chino, CA
- Top-five OLB Christian Jones (Lake Howell HS), Winter Park, FL
- Top-ten S Tony Jefferson (Eastlake HS), Chula Vista, CA
- Top-20 CB Demetrius Wright (Corona HS), Corona, CA
Weather: Los Angeles has been enjoying unseasonably warm weather lately, but the current weather forecast for Saturday is a 30% chance of showers in the morning, with partly cloudy skies in the afternoon, light and variable winds, and a high of 61°. The evening forecast is mostly clear skies with a low of 45°. Kickoff is at 7:12 p.m. PST.
Connections: Bruin offensive coordinator/ QB coach Norm Chow was on the USC staff (2001-04). Bruin head football coach Rick Neuheisel earned his law school degree at USC in 1990. Former UCLA All-America linebacker Ken Norton (1984-87) is on USC’s football coaching staff. Wendell Tyler, fifth on UCLA’s career rushing list, is the father of USC tailback Marc Tyler. USC LB Michael Morgan’s brother, Steve Morgan, was a defensive tackle at UCLA from 1999 to 2002. USC S Shane Horton and his brother, DE Wes Horton, are the sons of former UCLA offensive tackle Myke Horton. USC C Abe Markowitz’s father, Barry, lettered as a linebacker at UCLA in 1974. UCLA TE Jeff Miller is the brother of former USC TE Jimmy Miller (2005-06, 2008). UCLA C Kai Maiava is the brother of former USC LB Kaluka Maiava (2005-08). UCLA walk-on RB Demetrius Papadakis is the son of former USC LB John Papadakis (1970-71) and the brother of former USC FB/LB Taso Papadakis (1994, 1996) and TB Petros Papadakis (1997-98, 2000). UCLA DB Brandon Sermons is the brother of ex-USC RB Rodney Sermons (1994-97). USC defensive line coach Jethro Franklin coached UCLA’s interior defensive line in 1999. UCLA running backs coach Wayne Moses was an assistant at USC in 2001. UCLA offensive line coach Bob Palcic was an assistant at USC in 1992.
USC Injuries this season: Much like in 2007, This season, 12 starters or projected starters have missed games with injuries: WR Ronald Johnson (missed 5 games), DE Armond Armstead (5), C Kristofer O’Dowd (4), WR David Ausberry (4), LB Malcolm Smith (3), DT Averell Spicer (3), FB Stanley Havili (2), TE Anthony McCoy (2), WR Damian Williams (1), QB Matt Barkley (1), S Taylor Mays (1) and DE Everson Griffen (1). And that doesn’t include CB Shareece Wright (9), who is ineligible this season. Also, a number of key backups have missed contests due to injury: TB Stafon Johnson (6), DT Hebron Fangupo (6), CB Marshall Jones (6), LB Luthur Brown (5), CB Brian Baucham (4), LB Jordan Campbell (3), S Drew McAllister (3), OG Zack Heberer (3), LB Jarvis Jones (2), TE Blake Ayles (1) and OT Nick Howell (1).
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