Here’s a sampling of what was said after Wednesday’s practice
COACH JEFF TEDFORD:
On Wednesday’s practice
Great practice today, real crisp, guys flying around, practicing hard.
On the performance of the offensive line this season
I like our O-line. They’ve done a good job. They work hard. We have a true test this week because we’re playing the best defensive front in the conference.
On the backup quarterback situation
Both (Beau Sweeney) and Brock are splitting the twos. We’ll just evaluate every week and then pick whoever backs up at the end of the week.
On why Sweeney has come on lately
It’s just consistency with the offense and the plays. Throwing the football, he’s been accurate.
On USC’s Taylor Mays
He’s a great player. He has a lot of range. He’s a real good tackler. He’s probably one of the best safeties, if not the best safety, in the country.
DEFENSIVE COORDINATOR BOB GREGORY:
On Josh Hill vs. Darian Hagan
Josh will start again. It’s an ongoing competition. I think it’s making Hagan better. Josh did OK. We kind of felt he deserved to start. Right now, if he keeps playing hard, he can hang on to it. Darian has to keep getting better.
On what is giving Hill an edge
He plays with good technique. I think that’s the thing that hurt Darian in the Minnesota game. He wasn’t playing with good technique, and he knows that. And he’s getting better at it. Last week was better, two good days of practice this week, so he’s getting better.
On how Hagan is handling the demotion
He knew. He took it well.
On if it was just the Minnesota game that demoted Hagan
The Minnesota game just kind of exposed him a little bit. He started off camp really well. He had a knee issue that slowed him down. If you can’t go, it’s our job to get the best guys playing. But I think that’s getting better and he’s practicing better.
On USC’s offense
Anytime you’re playing SC and the people they have, it’s a great scheme that they do. You definitely have to be on your game.
On USC’s offensive line
They’re probably the most athletic line we’ll see all year. They can really run.
On Cal’s linebackers
We’re still trying to find out what they can do the best. Devin (Bishop) played his best game since he’s been here. He played very well, great effort, good technique. Hopefully we kind of found a home for him. D.J. (Holt) still will play.
TAILBACK JAHVID BEST:
On USC’s defense
They get new faces every year but they have the same productivity. It’s a typical USC defense.
On USC’s stout run defense
It’s definitely going to be a challenge. It’s going to be a physical game. We just have to be ready for it.
On getting the seniors a win over USC
Those seniors are hungry for a Pac-10 championship. Getting the Pac-10 championship means beating SC. It makes it that much more important.
On what USC did last year to stop Cal’s running game
They just dominated the line of scrimmage and we didn’t execute as an offense, either. That’s basically what it boils down to.
On the team’s confidence right now
We’re real confident. We’ve put last week behind us and we’re ready to go this week.
On whether he’s happy linebacker Brian Cushing is no longer at USC
I will say I’m happy about that.
On USC safety Taylor Mays
Tremendous athlete, how big he is mixed in with how fast he is. He’s somebody to watch out for on the field.