USC's game against Oklahoma on Saturday at Norman, Okla., is a homecoming for Trojan tailback Dwight McFadden, who rushed for almost 2,000 yards and 26 touchdowns two years ago in leading Eisenhower High of Lawton, Okla., to a mythical national championship.
"I'm sure I'll be nervous, but I'm looking forward to it," said McFadden, a second-year freshman who grew up in Wichita Falls, Tex., before going to high school in Lawton, which is about 90 miles from Norman. "I've been waiting on it awhile."
Oklahoma Coach Gary Gibbs said this week that the Sooners "didn't come close" to landing McFadden, who grew up a Texas fan.
USC plans to petition the NCAA to grant an extra year of eligibility to backup center David Apolskis, who sat out last season because of testicular cancer. . . . Oklahoma tight end Ricky Brady will sit out Saturday's game because of a cracked rib, Gibbs said.