Center of it all

LOS ANGELES -- It was certainly a sight to behold at practice Wednesday at the Coliseum, as USC's seniors found themselves thrust into the unlikely role of coaches. Given the unique opportunity by coach Lane Kiffin, they set aside their helmets and shoulder pads for one day for the chance to put their younger counterparts through their paces.

And while many of the seasoned veterans were venturing into somewhat unfamiliar territory, it was just another day at the office for center and fifth-year senior Khaled Holmes. A three-year starter who also serves as a team captain, he'd been leading his linemates through drills, barking out instructions and providing words of encouragement long before Wednesday's workout.

"I always try to coach on the field anyway," said the 6-foot-4, 305-pound Holmes. "It's a role that's just developed over the years. You know, I've been playing here for a long time and taking care of business on and off the field, and I think guys respect the things that I've accomplished. So the leadership just came with the time and territory."