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Aug. 6, 2002

Columbia, SC –

* USC’s football newcomers practiced again Tuesday morning and head coach Lou Holtz was once again impressed with what he saw. “They have a willing attitude and there is some good athleticism,” said coach Holtz. “I think we have most of the players lined up where we need them for now. Most of your good players can play more than one position.”

* Coach Holtz said that junior college transfer Darel Slay, a defensive end/linebacker from Holmes (MS) Community College, had received official notification regarding his academic status and has been cleared to practice. Slay worked out for the first time Tuesday morning.

* Coach Holtz said that the athletic ability of defensive linemen Randy Jackson and Moe Thompson has already caught his eye. “Those two have a chance to have an impact on our team this year,” said Holtz. “They both look like they could rush the passer and since we didn’t get many quarterback sacks last year, any person who gets close to the quarterbck impresses me.”

* Coach Holtz noted that there are a great deal of adjustments that the newcomers must make and some make them easier than others. “They will have some adjustments to make, especially when you mix them in with the returning varsity,” said Holtz. “They’ll have adjustments to make on the field, adjustments to make in school and adjustments to make with their time management. Then, all of a sudden their coaches are scrutinizing every little thing they do. It’s an eye-opening experience.”

* Coach Holtz said that running backs Kenny Irons and Regis Edgerson have also displayed good ability. “Kenny has great footwork and while he doesn’t catch the ball naturally, he does catch it. I think both he and Regis will be just fine.”

* The newcomers will practice again Tuesday afternoon. They will have dinner with the USC Lettermen Tuesday evening at the stadium. Wednesday is devoted to academics and campus orientation. The varsity squad reports Wednesday. Media/photo day is set for Thursday. That event is for the media only.