August 14, 2007

Tuesday P.M. Practice Insider: McKnight speaks

In either a nod to his maturity or a desire to end the relentless media requests, USC cleared Joe McKnight to speak with reporters, following Tuesday afternoon's practice. He is the first true freshman to answer questions from the media, since fall camp opened Aug. 6.

During his first week, the Louisiana native lent some validity to the Reggie Bush comparisons - with his nifty moves out of the backfield, at receiver and on punt returns - but he also experienced his share of growing pains - trying to reverse field against the first-team defense, dropping balls and missing blocks.

Plus, USC's defense seemed to put a target on him. Taylor Mays flattened McKnight early last week, and a pair of defenders knocked into a fence a few days later.

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