George Young SC:: Garry, can you share any impressions of the three new coaches?
GarryP:: Carl smith seemed very energetic. He was running around the
field a lot, especially after the practice when he was working with the
quarterbacks on some extra pass patterns with the receivers. McNair seemed
fairly quiet on the first day but I'll try to get more of a sense of him later
this week. Norton was vocal but it was mostly encouragement stuff rather than
any technique specific stuff right now. It's clear he is still adjusting to
being out there. The linebacker group looked really solid out there (compared to
what we saw at times last fall). I cant wait until we add Rivers and Powdrell to
USC1MBA:: Garry are the practices open or do we need a special
GarryP:: They are saying practices are closed unless you have
your name put on the pass list by someone in Heritage Hall.
- I appreciated the wearesc practice invite from last year.
when will we hear a final decision on Justice's fate?
sweat:: GP, can you
break down this Justice situation and tell us what it is really going to mean as
far as the season is concerned, or is what we know now all we really
GarryP:: I dont know toner and I dont think the coaches know. I thought
it was interesting to hear Carroll basically say "this is a jam he's gotten
himself into and we'll need to wait and see what happens". Normally Carroll
would put the most positive spin possible but in this case he doesnt know yet
what is going to happen.
texan4SC:: GarryP....any update on the
GarryP:: We're hoping to get the last three guys (Jarrett,
Jones, Thompson) this week for the DVD
BSALKA:: Gary ...what was the
overall mood of practice?? Is it upbeat??
GarryP:: Practice was very upbeat.
I think the players and coaches were happy to get back on the field after so
much going on this off season.
CHASEinNYC:: toner, you think Bibby is
coming back next season?
toner 1:: Chase, personally, I hope not. But if I
had to guess I think he'll be back
CHASEinNYC:: Pooh, your Bruin butt boy
Bibby is killing me
TroyP:: Actually, I think we have a shot....we've played
well in the pac-10 touney the last 2 yrs. We've just run out of gas in the
toner 1:: Justin King sounds like a great recruit.
Garry, what time will practice be on Tuesday?
best news other than the physical condition of Manny and Whitney is the
development of Eazy Eric Wright
GarryP:: I was most pleased to see the
performance by the receivers. they really looked good. The Wrights were big time
as well, Eric and Manuel.
toner 1:: agree on Wright. also think Thomas will
TroyP:: I thought that Eric Wright looked pretty awesome in the pics
posted by eetrojan. He looks very athletic and I hear he has a sick vertical
GarryP:: Eric Wright was very good in the passing drills, his cover
skills are impressive. We didnt really get to see him this fall so this was our
first extended look at him.
sweat:: being a san francisco guy, I followed E
Wright thrugh High school and knew he would come on strong, if he recovered from
the nagging injuries
jefftrojantheft:: sweat, I live in Oaklnad and followed
his senior year. Easy will be the man.
wstripes:: Is Davis a legit
GarryP:: He's right there stripes. I'll talk to the coaches to see where
they measured him at but he's a pretty tall guy.
looked a lot taller than Lewis in those pictures
USC1MBA:: How is byrdman
doing - is he getting on the field yet?
GarryP:: Dom was running around
catching practices after practice and he looked very good. Get him some rest in
the off season and he will be ready to go for fall.
practice, Williams and Byrd were working out together, tossing the ball to one
another on routes.
toner 1:: great news on Dom. Garry, who do you think would
start at TE if both Alex and Dom are healthy?
GarryP:: I dont know toner. I
know Chow was talking last week about how excited he is about the three top TE's
(Holmes, Byrd, Guenther) and what he can do with that trio.
SC POOH BAH::
We'll need another TE to get into the mix this season....Guenther and Holmes
will be gone after that
GarryP:: Pooh - at the very least we will see
Thompson at TE this fall among the freshmen. Dale was at practice on Saturday
and he was looking around 225-230 pounds.
wstripes:: I think Stuart will turn
into a TE
GarryP:: Stuart will come in at wide receiver but there has been
talk about using him as a mobile tight end who could go in motion a lot (Vik
SC POOH BAH:: Great...I think I'm more worried about TE than
toner 1:: I have been very impressed on what I've seen in regards to
stuart. I think we got a good one.
GarryP:: Jimmy Miller was at practice as
well and he said Michael is planning to be at receiver next year and that is
what the coaches are telling him.
jefftrojantheft:: eetrojan, those
pictures made me feel like I was at practice. Thanks
mch7p:: Ditto, thanks
eetrojan, the photos were great.
eetrojan:: You're welcome. I had fun taking
RLott42:: whats up ee
RLott42:: nice pics
Garry - Any news on how soon John Drake will be ready to go?
Drake is still hoping to be ready by fall but it's not a done deal
toner 1:: Garry is Groots 100% physically?
RLott42:: He looked
100% at practice on Sat
toner 1:: great
GarryP:: Probably not 100% but it
was enough to see Groots out there on the field. Once he gets back in the flow
he will be fine because he says he's healthy.
see the pictures of Manny Wright, he looks like he lost a human being, he is
going to kick ass!!!
RLott42:: From his mouth, Manny is down to 280
POOH BAH:: Garry...Did you get a feel for the coaches backup plan regarding
Hancock possibly not making it back next
wstripes:: last year there was talk
of thomas williams moving to fb...maybe
GarryP:: Pooh - the coaches have
talked in recent months about the possibilities of either Lua or Williams moving
to TE because of the uncertain health of Hancock.
eetrojan:: Garry, is
Ashton White still a possibility as a walk-on?
GarryP:: As far as I know the
possibility of White is still good on our end but Ashton needs to take care of
all the paperwork on his end. I havent heard any updates lately
Pookela:: Gp...what time is practice tomorrow and the rest of the
GarryP:: 3:30 practices this week
RJGIL:: How did C.Barrett and
T.Thomas look and are they both healthy.
GarryP:: Barrett and Thomas both
went through practice
sweat:: GP, whats the story on Jonathan Turner? is
he out for good. He could have been a great FB. Also, is Mike ROss gone for
toner 1:: man, does Turner really weigh 270?
GarryP:: His HS coach
says Turner will be here in the fall but I havent confirmed that on this end. He
says Turner is at 270
sweat:: reading turner's high school bio, it felt like
I was reading about Chris Claibore. 150 tackles and 1700 yrds rushing his senior
GarryP:: Mike Ross will either take a medical redshirt or
toner 1:: what position would Turner play? Seems like he's too big
sweat:: toner, was he always 270? He was listed at 245
think Turner could be an interesting player. He's got great footwork from his
boxing days and he was a pretty good runner when I saw him play. My guess is he
would end up on the DL
toner 1:: Sweat, I think 245 was about right. Sounds
like he's headed for the DL
GarryP:: Turner was 240 as a senior in high
sweat:: Turner sounds like he has the makings of a great arena league
player (Nose Guard/Fullback)
SC POOH BAH:: Garry...the next question
would be Lua's status...do you have a feel for a return date...is he still
scheduled for the fall
GarryP:: Pooh - Lua practiced on Saturday at
texan4SC:: GP....how did Lawrence Jackson look for the 1st
GarryP:: Jackson looked great. I think he could start to make an impact
RLott42:: Between Lawrence, Manny, Frostee, Van, Cody and
Patterson...what are the coaches gonna do?
wstripes:: Do you think Barrett
will play this year?
RLott42:: not to mention Big Sed Ellis
GarryP:: yes I
think Barrett will play this year. I'm not sold on Van Brown as an everydown
player and I think we could see both Jackson and Barrett in the mix at the DE
wstripes:: and schweiger
GarryP:: stripes - I also think Schweiger
could end up being a 4th guy in that rotation. Jeff is coming in with such solid
size that he can handle it physically as a true freshman.
thought Schweiger looked great in HS, I went to a couple of games
Do you think M.Wright could be making the move to DE.
RLott42:: Garry, Manny
staying at DT?
toner 1:: RJGIL, I was thinking the same thing
RJGIL - that's an interesting question for the coaches and one that has been
discussed. Manny sure looked good on Saturday and I wouldnt put it past these
coaches to move him to DE just to get him on the field. He's good but he's not
going to displace Shaun Cody or Mike Patterson.
jefftrojantheft:: You guys
always forget about Lajaun Ramsey, I think he is a solid player that will
contribute on the Dline DE/DT this year.
RLott42:: Lajuan and Frostee looked
great on Sat
sweat:: Maybe they will move Manny out to replace BKU, making
him BMW... wait, did I day "BMW"?
toner 1:: How does Watkins look. Is he
possibly a starter?
GarryP:: Probably not on Watkins. Travis is a solid
player who could do the job if needed but my guess is we'll see someone else as
the starter at LG by the time fall camp rolls around.
SC POOH BAH::
Garry...GarryP:: Probably on Morrow. He's really improved his upper body
strength but there are others ahead of him on the depth chart this year and it
would take a lot to overtake them.
toner 1:: any guesses on who our first
commitment will be?
SC POOH BAH:: Luther Brown
Committment from the kicker from Orange Lutheran
RLott42:: is that the wrod
jefftrojantheft:: or the LBer from
GarryP:: We like Van Blarcom a lot. He got plenty of attention from
the coaches after the practice.
RLott42:: Ray from Eureka
toner 1:: jeff,
that would be a good choice. We obviously need a kicker in this
RLott42:: you think so, Garry?
toner 1:: Rey sounds
like a monster
GarryP:: that's what his coach told me
The kid from Eureka , my guess, silent verbal
wstripes:: it seems like we are
doing a lot of out of state recruiting this year
GarryP:: At the Nike Combine
Rey asked for directions to the USC bookstore because he wanted to pick up a
sweatshirt. I took that as a good sign for our chances.
is probably killing the competition in eureka
RJGIL:: GP, Do you think
M.Casell and B.Hart will come back to the team or just stick to
GarryP:: I think both players will return and play football in the
toner 1:: I'm expecting big things from S.Smith
GarryP:: Steve Smith was outstanding. I think he's further along than Keary Colbert was at this
point in his Trojan career.
RJGIL:: When is B.Hancock going to know the
results of his knee....
GarryP:: Surgery is on the 16th for Brandon
1:: sure hope Hancock can get healthy
toner 1:: Garry, who besides
Carlson will get a look as a punt returner?
sweat:: hopefully scott ware will
sweat:: in the fall, that is
GarryP:: Wyatt, Lewis, Wright, Reed are
among the others who will get a look
GarryP:: It was killing Ware to be on
the sidelines on Saturday. He was dying to be out there.
Whitney a very good PR/KR in HS?
jefftrojantheft:: Jarrett can do punt return
also, I hope Wyatt, Reed get some work in. But I like Carlson back there because
he can do the main thing
Wyred1:: what happend to wares grades. I thought he
was like a 4.0 hs student
RLott42:: Bush might get the nod at Punt
eetrojan:: Darnell Bing was returning some punts in
GarryP:: yes, Whitney was terrific on special teams.
so was Fred Davis
RLott42:: and Hershell
RLott42:: i thought
I'd be afraid to use Bush on punt returns. He's too valuable to risk there,
Wyred1:: easy to get injured on special teams
will be on punt returns if we want to try and get a big return.
toner 1:: I
have a hard time believing Carlson is the only guy who can field
RLott42:: i agree with all
PDH3787:: I would put Bush on PR, he has
the chance to break one everytime he gets the ball... Guys like Charles Woodson
returned punts, why cant Reggie?
GarryP:: I'm with you toner. that's why I
dont think Bush will end up returning punts.
sweat:: toner, I understand your
point, but I always think it is better to have your best players on the field
whenever you can. I mean, if this were the pros, SC would have a guy on the team
who specialized in returning punts. In college you cant do that. THink of the
rocket, tim brown, charles woodson, they all returned punts and it helped them
to win the heisman.
jefftrojantheft:: I think Carlson is the only one who can
do it consitantly
Wyred1:: Dave pryor said carlson was great at WR. Is this
toner 1:: I like Reggie as a kickoff returner, but would be skeptical
using him as a PR
SC55:: I would think Wyatt would be dangerous on
scfan4life:: wyatt seems like he could be very good in that
toner 1:: Wyatt does have some problems with his hands
Carlson wont drop the ball, but when you are the number one team in the nation
not dropping the ball isnt good enough Special Teams
toner 1:: Wyatt has been
tried there before
SC55:: Don't need fumbles on PR!
scfan4life:: im sure
there is someone that has explosveness that can also cath the ball
Carlson has great hands and he could be a solid option as a slot receiver if
given the chance.
SC POOH BAH:: Garry...don't we have a pretty good size
lead for the lineman from Mission Viejo
RLott42:: I think the Mission Viejo
Head Coach was at practice on Sat
GarryP:: Bemoll likes us but it remains to
be seen if we will offer. That was the Mission Viejo DC, not the head coach.
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