WeAreSC's Garry Paskwietz
Welcome to SportsNation! On Wednesday, WeAreSC blogger Garry Paskwietz stops by to chat some USC football.
Paskwietz is the Publisher of WeAreSC and has been covering the Trojans since 1997. Paskwietz is also a co-host of the USC Football radio pre-game show
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Garry PaskwietzWelcome everybody. Let's get started.
Mitch (Laguna Beach)Through fall camp, Kiffin has obviously decided to not divulge or discuss individual player injuries, but I never read or heard a reason to explain why. Did Kiffin offer a reason(s) why this was changed? Was the policy changed just for camp, or will it be an ongoing season long decision or even a permanent program change?
Garry PaskwietzHe said it was to prevent an opponent from gaining a competitive edge by learning info about who may be injured, how much time they have missed, how severe the injury may be, etc. He said there have been games in the past where he read something in the local paper the day of the game that was a valuable piece of information for him about an opponent, he doesn't want that to happen to his team.
M. Meza NORWALK, CA [via mobile]Hey garry what will it take for the pac 12 to be dominant like thd S.E.C.? it just seems that every year wst, ari, cal and ost just plain suck. not to mention colo yikes. oh wheres my manners and Ucla. my question comes to why we as pac 12 try not to make pac 16 with tx, tx tech, ok, okst?
M. Meza NORWALK, CA [via mobile]Bye the way we as SC faithful appreciate your chats and loyal support to SC. FIGHT ON!
Garry PaskwietzThe best chance of that scenario improving is the schools using the money from the Pac-12 media deal to grow and develop their programs. It's a huge financial benefit that schools outside the conference don't have and it should help strengthen the conference from top to bottom.
Slick Rick (westwood)Helloooo Garry! I've got two questions. (1) Since I graduated from SC law school, would I be welcomed on the SC band wagon? and (2) What do you feel was/is a bigger concern: the O-line depth going into last season or teh D-line depth going into this season? Keep up the great work and fight on!
Garry PaskwietzI think most USC fans acknowledge that you attended SC law school but i don't know if the welcome mat will be put out yet for you to join the bandwagon. As far as the team concerns, I think the o-line last year was a bigger issue, there was a lot of angst not only about the LG spot but about a few other positions as well. Not many people would have predicted the line coming together as well as it did.
marti (rancho)Hello Garry! Do you think that coach kiffin will try and keep the offense on the field as long as possibble to try and keep the defense fresh and protect from possible injuries? The offense can pretty much dictate if they want to score fast or keep the ball on long drives! Whats your take?
Garry PaskwietzI doubt that Kiffin will go to those lengths, if you have the opportunities to score then you take them. A natural part of the offensive game plan is a running game though, you saw how well the offense took off last year after Curtis McNeal established himself. If McNeal and Redd can get it going, there could be a lot of ground control offense.
Pietro (San Francisco)What kind of offense does Hawaii run? A spread? Pro-style?
Garry PaskwietzThey run a Norm Chow offense that will be a lot more balanced than people think. They have a good returning running back but, with Chow, you know the ball is also going to be in the air with the use of multiple wide receivers.
HLH (Menlo Park)Which commits might USC most likely back off from to pursue other available players?
Garry PaskwietzI don't think it's right to speculate like that with a kid who has made a commitment. Things change in recruiting, sure, and my guess is the current 18 commits might not be the 18 that eventually sign but it could easily be the player changing his mind and deciding to head elsewhere.
William (Montana)The countdown is on and i am more excited than any other year about the start of the Trojan season on Saturday night. Although scholarship players are reduced, USC is still loaded with talent. If injuries further limit players, is there any chance we may see some playing both offense and defense?
Garry PaskwietzI wouldn't rule that out. Kiffin has long said it's something he might have to consider with the reduced roster. Guys like Marqise Lee and Robert Woods were fantastic DB's in HS. Look at the way Tre Madden switched effortlessly from LB to TB. Heck, Drew McAllister was a good HS quarterback if needed!
HLH (Menlo Park)Does USC really need to sign three receivers in next years class?
Garry PaskwietzI think that's the right number. The Trojans are never going to get caught short at the receiver spot and right now there are only six scholarship guys on the roster with the uncertain status of Darreus Rogers.
Gordon (Torrance)Gary with the loss of Kenard and Wilson at DE, could we see Charles Burks back at DE or going both ways?
Garry PaskwietzSo far Burks is staying at fullback but I don't think you can rule out him going back to defense at some point. If Christian Thomas is available, I think he is another guy who could end up getting a look at DE.
Andrew (San Diego/CA)Will this be the last year we see #7 on the field for USC?
Garry PaskwietzIt wouldn't surprise me at all. Barkley has all the makings of a guy who is capable of making a run at the Heisman.
HLH (Menlo Park)Who are the most significant injured players (other than Kennard, Wilson and Madden) that might not be available this year?
Garry PaskwietzKiffin has put a restriction on talking about the status of current injured players so we can't answer that question. I'll still say Kennard though for overall negative impact, it sure would have been nice for the Trojans to have a pair of bookend senior defensive ends with Kennard and Horton.
Daniel (Cypress, CA)How have the former walk-ons looked? Will Andrew (technically still a walk on), Tony Brunett, etc.
Garry PaskwietzDoes Kyle Negrete count since he has been a "former" walk-on for all of four days now? I think Burnett has looked solid as a back-up at SLB. Andrew will be a special teams guy, he is the No. 3 MLB and didn't get a ton of reps in camp. I also think Abe Markowitz could play a role, he can be a key back-up at either guard or center.
HLH (Menlo Park)Who are the most likely red shirts on the roster this year?
Garry PaskwietzI would say the offensive linemen, guys like Zach Banner and Chad Wheeler. Jordan Simmons is already going to redshirt after undergoing knee surgery. It would also surprise me if Devian Shelton plays in the secondary. DeVante Wilson will redshirt after surgery too. There will be more redshirts, just based on how the season goes.
Daniel (Cypress, CA)I just want the world to know that score of the Hawaii game will be 45-10.
Garry PaskwietzI think most every USC fan out there would be pleased with that score.
Adrian (Lakewood,CA)GARRY.. wil the new John McKay Center be giving tours to season ticket holder, or the public soon?
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