Future Trojan offensive lineman Jeff Byers was at practice to check out his soon to be teammates and for much of the day Jeff was giving a tour of the practice to OL recruit Dan Doering from Illinois. Doering is a big guy who seemed to be enjoying the California weather and he commented about how impressive it is to get an offer from the national champions when the school is as far away as USC. Byers received big hugs and smiles from coaches and other players throughout the day and seemed to be right at home on the Trojan practice field.
One player not at practice was Fred Davis and his absence was described as being for "personal reasons". It didnt take long for sideline observers to notice that #83 was not at practice as most people want to get a look at the new Trojan receiver.
A nice bonus at the practice was the return to action of Frostee Rucker who went through some drills after missing the first week of spring ball due to a toe injury suffered during the Rose Bowl.
One position change we saw today was Drew Radovich getting time as the #2 right tackle behind Kyle Williams. With the Justice situation as a factor the coaches will look at Radovich on the right side for now but it's always possible that we could see more changes on the line as the coaches look to find the best combination. Matt Spanos was at LT backing up Sam Baker. Both Kyle Williams and Fred Matua had good days today, Kyle was making good reads and Matua did a real good job of stopping Sed Ellis in his tracks on one pass rush which allowed a completion over the middle from Matt Leinart to Desmond Reed. Ellis came back later with a sack on Booty to continue his impressive play this spring.
Whitney Lewis had a good practice. He had one play where he came back to ball on a route that turned around the corner and Leinart read it perfectly for a nice gain. Whitney also caught passes over the middle and he caught the eye of one local high school coach who said he looked much improved from what he saw last fall. Steve Smith also caught a long pass from Leinart.
Leinart hit Alex Holmes with a touchdown pass on a play where Alex caught the ball at around the five yard line and headed for the end zone. Greg Farr made a nice attempt at a tackle around the goal line but it was a mismatch as Alex simply bowled him over and waltzed across for the score. Brandon Hance tried to hit Jason Mitchell a few plays later and Darnell Bing made a good play to knock the ball away. One of the best catches of the day was a juggling completion from Leinart to David Kirtman out of the backfield.