Thursday practice report 

March, 22, 2012
While much of the talk after the past two practices has focused on Tre Madden's move to tailback, just as much could be said about one of the guys primarily responsible for shutting him down. After being demoted to the second team for Tuesday's practice after a subpar effort last weekend, George Uko has responded in a big way, drawing praise from head coach Lane Kiffin for his outstanding play.

"He has really responded," Kiffin said of Uko and the wrist slap he received. "He had a dominant practice on Tuesday and he is doing a great job."

The Trojans graduated both interior defensive linemen from last year's team and it's no secret that much of the responsibility inside will fall on Uko's shoulders as the starting defensive tackle. That's something that is just fine with the 6-foot-3, 285-pound redshirt sophomore.