Several important players continued to sit out with injuries this week, as Robert Woods, Matt Kalil, DaJohn Harris and Aundrey Walker all did not practice on Wednesday. Christian Tupou and Demetrius Wright were listed as limited.
Woods has been bothered all season by nagging ankle and shoulder injuries and Lane Kiffin said Wednesday that Woods' recovery has been "going in the wrong direction" recently. "He's not getting better," Kiffin said. "If he can't play faster, we have to find another guy who can. If you look at Saturday's film (against Washington), he shouldn't be playing in that game."
Kiffin was asked about the idea of keying in on specific offensive players for the Ducks, and whether it's about slowing down one tailback at a time. Kiffin said, "It's about their scheme. You have to get lined up based on the scheme and play your assignment no matter who has the ball."
Both Kiffin and Ed Orgeron said this current team is far more prepared to handle going into a tough road environment than the one that traveled to Arizona State.
The defense made the most of turnover Wednesday, as Shane Horton and Nickell Robey registered interceptions. Horton's came on a ball that was batted in the air twice -- once by a receiver and once by another linebacker--before Horton himself knocked it in the air and dove with one hand to bring in the ball.