Fall Camp Day 3

The spirited practices continue and this morning we saw a lot of success with the offense, particularly during some work inside the red zone. It's obvious the players are getting ready to put the pads on this coming Sunday because this practice was pretty intense.

Shaun Cody saw action at defensive tackle today, Manuel Wright was not at practice, and Shaun looked as comfortable as ever lining up next to Mike Patterson. We saw a rotation at the end spots with Lawrence Jackson, Chris Barrett and Travis Tofi getting the most reps.

Here are some highlights:

During a run drill on Brian Kennedy Field there was a good play by Lawrence Jackson where he grabbed Hershel around the ankles and basically held on until the other defenders arrived to make the play. A couple plays later Hershel went up the middle for a nice gain behind a block from Ryan Kalil. Darnell Bing came up and put a nice hit on LenDale White at the line of scrimmage, those are a couple physical guys and it's a collision when they get together. Reggie Bush had a great play on a misdirection run where he got to the outside quickly and even Matt Grootegoed couldn't contain Reggie inside as Bush just shot like a cannon to the sideline for a nice gain. It was one of those plays that makes you realize how special Reggie can be. Fred Davis had a nice seal block on Dallas Sartz to allow for a long Hershel run.

The team moved to Howard Jones Field and LenDale tried to go on a run inside but there was no hole so he went outside and gained positive yardage. Matt Leinart rolled left and hit Will Buchanan with a deep pass. Tofi had a sack on Leinart and then Matt tried to throw a screen to Bush but Jackson reached his hand up to bat the ball away. It was a nice play by Lawrence.

With the ball inside the 20 Leinart threw a pass in the end zone to Buchanan for a score. Groots had a sack on Leinart and then Matt calmly lofted a screen to Bush with Sam Baker hustling out to make the block to spring Reggie. Baker is playing good football right now.

Leinart completed a pass to Fred Davis with Ryan Ting on the tackle. Leinart then tried to hit Chris McFoy but Ronald Nunn had a nice break on the ball to make the interception. Leinart hit Davis in the end zone and Fred did a good job to go up with his hands and bring the ball in. We've seen a couple pretty good practices in a row from Fred and that's nice to see after he was hampered so much in spring ball with the hamstring injury. A couple plays later Leinart hit Buchanan in the end zone for a score. LenDale ran hard for a short gain with a hard tackle from John Walker before Leinart dropped back to pass again, Matt's pass into the end zone was low where only his receiver could get it and Buchanan made a real nice sliding catch for the score.

The punt and field goal teams got a lot of work.

John David Booty completed a short screen to Dennis who made one guy miss and ran for an additional 15 yards. Booty hit Lee Webb with a pass, Lee caught a couple passes today, and then Reggie Bush fumbled on a carry and it resulted in a huge pile-up with guys fighting for the ball. One of the signs of how this team plays with emotion could be seen when watching the scramble for the loose football and Lawrence Jackson eventually came out of the pile with the ball. Bush had a nice play shortly after that when he caught a screen pass and just shot through a small hole, Travis Watkins was there to make one block, but Bing came up quickly to lay a big pop on Reggie. Darnell is ready to go right now. Leinart lofted a deep pass along the right sideline to Greig Carlson and then Jackson put good pressure on Matt on the next play which forced him to dump the ball down to David Kirtman. Booty hit Davis with a deep pass down the middle, a very nice throw and catch, and then Sartz made one of the best plays of the practice on a screen attempt to Dennis where Dallas blew past a block attempt from Watkins to record a loss on the play.

One recruit in attendance who could end up seeing attention from the Trojans was John Hale from Los Alamitos. Hale is a 6-3, 220 linebacker who played fullback for the Griffins last season but he has impressed in summer drills as a backer and is expected to be a big time player this fall. His dad played eight years in the NFL after attending Arizona and the Wildcats have already offered John a scholarship.

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