Tuesday practice tidbits

It was a good day for the Trojans on the injury front as several of the players who have been missing time lately were able to go during the practice. The second half of the practice was pretty spirited with the defense getting the better of the offense, the first half of the day was focused as the team continues with the same routine week in and week out regardless of the opponent.

* It was a good day for the Trojans on the injury front as several of the players who have been missing time lately were able to go during the practice. Steve Smith was running routes although he is still clearly slowed, Chris McFoy was looking very good on the other side of Smith and Chris should be able to be a factor in this game. John Drake was out there for the majority of time with the first unit and was solid. Scott Ware was animated in the secondary and it was nice to see him flying around like that. Kevin Arbet went through some of the drills, he's not 100% but he's a sixth year senior who is determined to play in these last few games.

* The second half of the practice was pretty spirited with the defense getting the better of the offense, the first half of the day was focused as the team continues with the same routine week in and week out regardless of the opponent. Pete Carroll has said he doesn't want to make one game bigger than the next so his practice schedule usually remains the same even for a big rivalry game like this.

* One sign of how big the upcoming game is could be judged by the former players on the sidelines. Pat Harlow, Craig Gibson, Delon Washington, David Newbury, Matt Dalton and John Mazur were all in attendance.

* Matt Leinart has been named a finalist for both the Davey O'Brien Award and the Maxwell Award.

* Some of the top plays in practice included: A Leinart shovel pass to Alex Holmes while he was under heavy pressure, a fumble recovery by Thomas Williams after David Kirtman put the ball on the floor and a nice deep reception by John Walker from Leinart. Dominique Byrd also had several nice plays as he continues to stand out since he returned from a kneecap injury.


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