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USC football: Aaron Corp preparing in case another opportunity arises

Corp Quarterback Matt Barkley is not “playing as good of football as anybody we have ever had,” as USC Coach Pete Carroll euphorically stated -- and then later softened -- after USC’s victory over California.

But the freshman is performing at a high level and the seventh-ranked Trojans are 4-1.

So where does that leave backup Aaron Corp?

The redshirt sophomore was the starter until he suffered a cracked fibula during training camp. He was in the lineup, without a public pronouncement by Carroll, against Washington, but struggled in the Trojans’ only loss at Seattle.

Corp fumbled in a brief appearance against Washington State and then did not play against Cal despite a 30-3 Trojans lead in the fourth quarter.

Asked Tuesday if he was frustrated, Corp said: “It is what it is. I mean, obviously, I’m not happy. But it’s kind of the cards I’m dealt and I’m just going to keep working hard.

“Maybe I’ll get another opportunity; I just have to be ready.”

-- Gary Klein

Photo: Aaron Corp. Credit: Robert Gauthier / Los Angeles Times

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