Spring Ball Day 8

It was an ordinary practice on Tuesday without a lot of big plays or exciting moments. Perhaps it was the fact that the Trojans just held a scrimmage two days ago, maybe it is the fact that we are in the middle of the spring session, whatever the case it was simply one of those days.

It was an ordinary practice on Tuesday without a lot of big plays or exciting moments. Perhaps it was the fact that the Trojans just held a scrimmage two days ago, maybe it is the fact that we are in the middle of the spring session, whatever the case it was simply one of those days.

Perhaps the biggest excitement came halfway through the day when Peninsula TE Erik Lorig walked through the gate and he was met by Mark Sanchez and several players and coaches who came over to say hello. Erik watched the majority of drills with Matt Leinart or with the tight ends and after practice he talked with other players and coaches such as Brennan Carroll, Pat Ruel and Chris Carlisle. As Erik was talking with some players he noticed other players rolling the length of the field as some form of punishment, Erik asked why they were doing that and one player responded "they didn't sign on LOI day".

There were other notable guests including an impressive Trojan trio that gathered at the start of the day with Craig Fertig, Jim Hardy and Dave Levy. We also saw Walker Lee Ashley in attendance, he will be here through Saturday to watch his future team in action. As usual, Mark Sanchez was also there and Hershel Dennis made his first appearance of the spring.

Trojan radio announcer Pete Arbogast turned a lot of heads when he showed up without his trademark mustache. Arbo, who has worn a mustache since 1978, coaches an AAU girls 12 and under basketball team and he told the girls if they won a recent tourney the mustache would be gone. Well, the team won and Arbo showed up freshly shaven at practice.

Here are some highlights from the action on the field:

* Chris McFoy had a productive day. He caught several passes during the team drill including a nice out from Rocky Hinds and a deep pass from Booty.

* Jim Abbott and Brandon Ting had back to back interceptions of Booty.

* Scott Ware delivered another solid pop when he nailed Steve Smith following a deep slant pattern from Booty.

* Reggie Bush caught a long fade pattern touchdown from Booty down the left sideline against coverage from Terrell Thomas.

* Thomas Williams had a nice defensive play when Bush caught a short pass from Hinds but he wasn't able to shake Williams despite multiple change of direction moves.

* Terrell Thomas stripped Whitney Lewis after a short completion from Hinds.

* Chilo Rachal seemed to be moving well as a pulling guard.

* Ryan Powdrell had a good form tackle on Jody Adewale after a short run.

* Jimmy Miller and Fred Davis each caught a couple passes, Miller had one where he made the grab in traffic.

* Mario Danelo made a 38 yard field goal. Terrell Thomas blocked a FG attempt from Billinger.

* Will Buchanon caught a nice slant pass from Booty who had great protection from Justice and Matua.

* Lawrence Jackson batted down a Booty pass at the line.


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