Re: Beating up on FCS Teams **Official THE University of Virginia Thread** After facing Hawaii's pistol scheme in his first start at the position, the 6-foot-3, 250-pound sophomore is looking forward to plugging gaps against Virginia's pro-style offense. The Cavaliers feature 6-3, 255-pound running back Keith Payne. "Now, that's exciting," Kennard said, eyes brightening. Kennard did not get many opportunities to make plays at or behind the line of scrimmage at Hawaii, where he was forced to drop into deep coverage. He was penalized for pass interference on one play and just missed tipping away a pass on another. Kennard said he graded out well overall in the opener, but he has worked this week to strengthen his pass-coverage technique. "I was in perfect position, so it's not a huge, taxing change I needed to make," he said. USC's defense also could be strengthened by the return of end Nick Perry, who appears on track to play after sitting out the opener because of a high ankle sprain. "I'll be back," said Perry, who had eight sacks last season. The Trojans also might be bolstered by the return of T.J. Bryant, who took multiple reps at cornerback and the nickel spot because freshman Nickell Robey was limited. Preparing for Dowling The Trojans expect Virginia cornerback Ras-I Dowling to play Saturday after sitting out the Cavaliers' victory over Richmond because of a hamstring injury. Dowling, 6-2 and 200 pounds, is regarded as a top pro prospect and would provide a good test for USC receiver Ronald Johnson, who caught three touchdown passes against Hawaii. "I would think this would be a game he would be excited about, especially to match up with Ronald," Kiffin said.