Kiffin: Two-Way Players For USC Will Be ‘Common’

Scott Wolf of the L.A. DAILY NEWS reports on how USC’s Barack Obama-inspired head football coach, Lane Kiffin, plans to combat massive, NCAA-directed scholarship losses in the coming seasons.

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With scholarship cuts looming following NCAA sanctions, USC coach Lane Kiffin said Monday that two-way players could be common for the Trojans the next few years.

“That’s really something I’ve talked about a lot,” Kiffin said. “Especially three or four years from now. We need to figure this team out … We talk about (the lack of depth) all the time. We have to plan for injuries this season.”

USC is facing a whopping loss of a 30 scholarships over the next three seasons if the school’s appeal of NCAA sanctions is unsuccessful.

One Trojan excited about multi-use is freshman wide receiver Robert Woods. Wolf:

One of the players who might see time on offense and defense is freshman wide receiver Robert Woods, who compared himself to Green Bay Packers cornerback Charles Woodson, who also played some wide receiver at Michigan.

Another freshman, Nickell Robey, also figures to be part of the two-way plan:

Kiffin said the Trojans’ coaching staff is fighting over how to use freshman Nickell Robey. He currently is the starting nickel back and might even start at cornerback against Hawaii. Robey, however, is also a punt returner and kick returner, and will try to block field goals and possibly punts.

Kiffin’s plan doesn’t seem unreasonable on its face though you would think the practice may dramatically increase the chance of injury of participating players. At the very least, the strategy will require a level of conditioning not normally seen on football teams.

The idea is extremely intriguing, considering USC would theoretically have its best athletes on the field, albeit fatigued, more than its opponents. If the Trojans could somehow pull it off, don’t be surprised if the move starts a trend.