Ray Rychleski is an equal-opportunity screamer, but the USC special teams coordinator is sorry his yelling at freshman punter Ryan Doerr last week played a part in Doerr’s decision to transfer.
Rychleski expressed remorse Monday for dressing down Doerr and hopes the Texas native will reconsider.
“I jumped him pretty good for the first time. He probably wasn’t ready for that. If I had it to do over again, I wouldn’t have done it that way,” Rychleski said. “He’s a fine young man who was trying his butt off. He took it the wrong way. It was a misunderstanding. That’s probably a big reason why he left, but there has to be some other reason.
“Like coach (Steve Spurrier) said, I yell at everybody. I yelled at Scotty Spurrier tonight for not doing the right thing.”
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Rychleski talked to Doerr on Saturday, and said tight end Mike Triglia, Doerr’s USC roommate, has stayed in touch with him. Attempts to reach Doerr on Monday were unsuccessful.
Doerr, the first scholarship specialist USC had signed since Ryan Succop in 2005, was expected to redshirt this season.
“I sincerely hope he comes back,” said Rychleski, adding he would release Doerr to transfer to any school if he does not change his mind.
Stephen Garcia, who was — in Spurrier’s words — “solidly number three” throughout the preseason, will be the No. 2 quarterback against Vanderbilt if Tommy Beecher’s shoulder does not improve. Garcia, suspended for four months over the summer, has yet to take a snap in a game.
The offensive line’s ability to stay onside. Spurrier has threatened to bench any player who jumps the snap count at Vandy. “We told ’em today if you can’t stay onside, we’ll just jog you out and embarrass you in front of national TV,” Spurrier said. “I don’t know what else to tell ’em.”
Defensive tackle Marque Hall (knee) played one snap against N.C. State. But defensive line coach Brad Lawing said Hall’s knee has held up better this week, and the fifth-year senior has practiced well.
French-born fullback Yvan Banag has been unable to enroll at USC this semester, which began Aug. 21, because of problems with his student visa. ... Spurrier said redshirt freshman Kyle Nunn, who moved from tackle to guard this week, has looked “so-so” at his new position.
Vanderbilt coach Bobby Johnson is mindful of the health of quarterback Chris Nickson, but Johnson also is mindful of winning — and the Columbia native believes letting Nickson run gives the Commodores the best chance to do so.
Nickson, who sat four of the final six games in 2007 due to injury and inconsistency, rushed 20 times for a career-high 166 yards last week in a 34-13 win at Miami (Ohio).
“We know we’ve got to run the quarterback some to stay competitive, and it gives us a chance for some big plays,” Johnson said during his Monday news conference. “We want to regulate the amount of times he runs. But it’s part of our offense.”
— Joseph Person