Helton makes Arizona game sound like must win
USC returned for its first regular practice since last week’s narrow victory over Washington State.
“It’s so important that you make your Pac-12 South games (a priority),” USC coach Clay Helton said. “It’s a very, very important game in our minds.”
A loss at Arizona would be disastrous to the perception USC can turn its season around because of a fairly easy remaining schedule. And the non-demanding schedule is Helton’s biggest hope to keep heat off.
Helton met with USC athletic director Lynn Swann on Saturday. Swann is known to be unhappy with USC’s play the first four games.
But he was known to be unhappy last season and rewarded Helton with a contract extension. Not to mention extensions to offensive coordinator Tee Martin and Clancy Pendergast.
That is why playing struggling Arizona remains a potentially pivotal game: Because of what Helton has to lose.
Helton on JT Daniels
Here is what Helton said about quarterback JT Daniels:
“The good QBs have no conscious, they let it fly without worrying. You should see him on the sidelines, he's a really good communicator, sky's the limit.”
Daniels likes veteran receivers
Quarterback JT Daniels on wide receivers Tyler Vaughns and Michael Pittman, who finally looked like they did last season during the Washington State game.
"They're really good,” Daniels said. “They're going to be NFL receivers."
Imatorbhebhe brothers update
One of the bigger mysteries this season is how neither of the Imatorbhebhe brothers are able to remain healthy.
Wide receiver Josh Imatorbhebhe (ankle) dressed for Tuesday’s practice for the first time since he sprained his ankle.
Tight end Daniel Imatorbhebhe spent practice doing rehabilitation. He had not even been at practice last week.
Defensive tackle Jay Tufele, who blocked the field goal at the end of the Washington State game, missed practice because of illness.
Porter Gustin sat out with a sore knee while wide receivers Velus Jones (elbow) and Amon-Ra St. Brown (shoulder) were limited.
Offensive tackle Chuma Edoga went to the sidelines early because of an injury. Offensive guard Andrew Vorhees was limited with a bruised chest.
The latter two injuries follow a pattern of USC offensive linemen missing practice time nearly every practice since the season started.