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USC football: Robert Woods ready for an encore

September 7, 2011 |  2:14 pm

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A school-record 17 receptions comes with a cost.

Just ask Robert Woods, USC’s sophomore receiver who caught that many passes from quarterback Matt Barkley in USC’s season-opening victory over Minnesota.

"The day after the game I was feeling a bit sore,” Woods said Wednesday. “That was like three games of catches. Three games of hits.”

Woods knew the ball was coming his way, coaches telling him before the game that he would be on a record pace.

“I would like it to be a habit,” he said. “That was a nice 17 catches.”

In an effort to keep Woods fresh for Saturday’s Pacific 12 Conference opener against Utah, Coach Lane Kiffin is expected to rest Woods during Thursday’s practice.

And Utah is expected to take steps to neutralize a player who scored three touchdowns in the opener.

“When something is working it’s hard not to continue doing it until they take it away from you,” Kiffin said. “I’d imagine that’s going to happen in this game. I’m sure they’re going to look at it and say, ‘Let’s take away Robert and make the other guys prove themselves.’ ”

More later at latimes.com/sports.

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Photo: USC receiver Robert Woods, center, celebrates with teammates John Martinez, left, and Kevin Graf after scoring a touchdown against Minnesota on Saturday. Credit: Stephen Dunn / Getty Images

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