MOBILE, Ala. (AP) - With Pete Carroll and Lane Kiffin observing, John David Booty throwing passes and All-America defensive tackle Sedrick Ellis manhandling blockers, Senior Bowl week has seemed at times like Southern California, southern style.
The Trojans have put nine players into Saturday Senior Bowl, easily the most of any college team and the most since Auburn had nine in 1988.
Kiffin was the Trojans' offensive coordinator and recruiting coordinator before leaving to coach the NFL's Oakland Raiders after the 2006 season. He will lead the North squad.
Besides his fellow Trojans, Booty also has a former high school teammate to keep him company this week. He played with LSU running back Jacob Hester in high school in Shreveport, Louisiana.
Kickoff is 3 p.m. at Ladd-Peebles Stadium. The game will be televised by the NFL Network.
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