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As if USC doesn’t have enough talent, wide receiver Greig Carlson could be on the field today when the Trojans visit Notre Dame. Carlson, a senior, has played just two games in the last month because of an athletic hernia. But Carlson practiced all week, made the trip to South Bend and expects to play. He has had a good week of practice but he hopes that translates into similar success today. “Out here, I’m fine,” Carlson said. “I don?t know what the game situation will be like. We?ll see.” First for everything: Many USC freshmen and sophomores will make their debut at Notre Dame today. The Trojans will play in front of a sold-out crowd, something they’re used to. But this is Notre Dame, and sophomore receiver Dwayne Jarrett can’t wait. “It will be a great experience,” Jarrett said. “They have great tradition, so like I said, it will definitely be exciting. They have great fans there. We just have to come prepared to play.” Jill Painter, (818) [email protected] 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! “That’s the idea,” said Carlson, a Taft of Woodland Hills product. “It feels OK. It feels like I’m getting back into the swing of things.” Carlson believes he’ll get in on at least a few plays at receiver – he has one catch for 14 yards this season – but his biggest contribution is as a punt returner. He doesn’t have the ability to score every time he touches the ball, such as teammate Reggie Bush, but he is a sure-handed returner. Carlson’s return couldn’t come at a better time, especially if the ankle Bush injured last week against Arizona is a problem. Bush says he is 100 percent, but Carlson is available. “I can if they call on me,” Carlson said. This is Carlson’s last year and sitting out three games wasn’t in the plan. He was one of several players USC coach Pete Carroll singled out for impressive play during the team’s scrimmage in August. Carlson couldn’t be happier about being ready to play in time for Notre Dame week. “It’s frustrating being out with an injury no matter what your year, but it will be nice to see Notre Dame again,” Carlson said. “It’s a great trip out there. They have a lot of tradition with the stadium and their fans.” Carlson began his career at USC as a walk-on but earned a scholarship in the spring of 2003. He was the team’s punt returner his freshman and sophomore years but returned just four punts last year when Bush took over.