Lincoln Riley described his game-week practice schedule and it’s not all that different than what Pete Carroll did at USC.
That will please USC fans, who hated Clay Helton’s less-strenuous schedule.
You know who else might not like that practice schedule? Some of the players. LenDale White used to say he sometimes missed Tuesday practices because he didn’t want to get hurt. Keyshawn Johnson famously missed Tuesdays at USC too.
Wide receiver Patrick Turner was poised for a big season in 2007 after Dwayne Jarrett turned pro, but the Tuesday before the season-opener vs. Idaho, linebacker Rey Maualuga delivered a jarring blow that could be heard all over Howard Jones Field.
Turner said he felt “thunder” inside his helmet. He suffered a pinched nerve in his shoulder and the effects were never really disclosed. The incident was widely portrayed as a testament to Maualuga’s hard-hitting, but Turner paid the price.
“He said he didn’t have full feeling in his shoulder until after the season was over,” said former USC defensive end Kyle Moore.
- Here’s what Riley said Monday night:
“Tuesday and Wednesday is a game to us. We’re going to hit, we’re going to tackle, we’re going to play very physical on both sides, we’re going to have a lot of competitive periods, we’re going to do some scout team work, we’re always going to get in a lot of good on good work during those days. I think you have to have it.
“And then Thursday, Friday we start to back off and it becomes a little bit more mental. The key for us is you don’t save up for the game. You’re doing everything you can to get your body ready to practice on Tuesday, get your body ready to practice on Wednesday.
“And then there’s going to be a time where you let these bodies heal, you let them get their legs back underneath them, you continue the mental preparation and you go ready to let it all loose on Saturday.”