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Wednesday, September 24, 2014
Notebook: Trojans have focused practice

By Johnny Curren

With USC’s matchup with Oregon State three days away, the Trojans' practice was marked with intensity on Wednesday, with USC coach Steve Sarkisian praising his staff for making a concerted effort to ensure that everyone was focused and on the same page coming off a tough loss to Boston College.

“All in all, Wednesday practice was good -- it was competitive; it was spirited,” Sarkisian said. “I was really encouraged by our coaching staff’s ability to keep an edge. I thought it was evident today – the attention to details, the focus on the little things. I think the players felt that today, because that’s what we’ve been preaching since the locker room at Boston College. And so, I think there was a real emphasis on that. I think, really, for the most part, we really responded to that.”

Redshirting a possibility for Dawson?

Lamar Dawson
Injured senior linebacker Lamar Dawson might be a candidate for a redshirt.
Senior linebacker Lamar Dawson suited up for the shorts, shoulder pads and helmets practice session on Wednesday, but again, he was limited – as has been the case throughout the season so far.

The three-year starter out of Junction City, Kentucky, tore ligaments in his knee midway through the 2013 season, and he hasn’t returned to full-time action. Sarkisian said at one point earlier this season that he was optimistic that Dawson might be able to get back in the flow of things after the bye week, but that hasn't happened.

Still, Sarkisian is hopeful that Dawson will be able to contribute at some point this season, but he did admit that the topic of redshirting him has come up.

“There is a potential of that,” Sarkisian said. “That really becomes a reality probably more toward halfway through the year. We’re obviously not quite there yet. We’re about a quarter of the way through it all. We’ve got some time still.”

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