Thursday in Hawkville

A recap of the day’s activities:

FOCUS ON

Rookies. Pete Carroll used to be like most coaches when it came to using first-year players, in that he preferred not to. That changed when he arrived at USC in 2001.

“I always thought, like a regular coach thinks, that rookies and freshmen are going to beat you – they’re going to make mistakes,” Carroll said. “As soon as I got there (USC), I realized I was kind of the GM and head coach and personnel guy and all that, I just flipped.”

Not out, but in his perception of rookies and freshmen.

“I realized we were bringing in all these hot-shot and top-notch recruits and we weren’t really good at the time and we wanted to see how fast we could get right and get better,” he said. “So I just forced it on the coaches to play these guys.”

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