On stage ... USC

Posted by ESPN.com's Ted Miller

LOS ANGELES -- Some quick notes on Pete Carroll and FS Taylor Mays

  • Carroll on Mays returning for senior season: "He wanted to maximize his opportunity to be his best at the next level."

  • Carroll on QB competition: "To me, it is really clear right now. Aaron Corp came out of spring practice the No. 1 guy. But he wasn't that far ahead of Matt Barkley, which was a total shock to us."

  • On LBs: "Those guys played great in spring football and have played great when they've played in the past."

  • Carroll on Frankie Telfort, the incoming freshmen who had his career ended due to a serious heart condition: "This is a crushing report for Frankie, his family and for all of us."

  • Carroll on one thing he'd change about college football: "We'd have an awesome playoff system."

  • Mays on whether USC is vulnerable on defense: "We know what we have in the locker room ... we have so much potential."