Fall Camp Day 3

The Trojans continued fall camp practice with an interested observer watching from the sidelines as safety recruit Taylor Mays was in attendance with his father. Taylor is expected to make his college choice soon from among USC, Washington and Michigan so he wanted to get one last trip to see the Trojans in action before making a decision.

The Trojans continued fall camp practice with an interested observer watching from the sidelines as safety recruit Taylor Mays was in attendance with his father. Taylor is expected to make his college choice soon from among USC, Washington and Michigan so he wanted to get one last trip to see the Trojans in action before making a decision. We had a chance to talk briefly with his father, Stafford Mays, after practice while Taylor was busy talking with all the USC coaches and his dad said he was particularly impressed with the speed and tempo of the practice, the dad played for the Minnesota Vikings while Pete Carroll coached there and while Sam Anno played there so there are some Trojan connections to the Mays family. His father also mentioned the fact that USC is not really that far of a trip "just a quick shot down the coast" so hopefully that is a good sign for any future announcements. We will get in touch with Taylor after his visit is complete for a full update.

Meanwhile, back on the field, the highlight of the day was a run drill on Brian Kennedy Field where the offensive running attack really looked good. Once again we saw Deuce Lutui get some action at RG along with Fred Matua and both opened up some good hopes in this drill. The defense was featuring a rotation all day with Collin Ashton, Oscar Lua and Thomas Williams all seeing action at MLB in this drill we saw Drew Radovich put a couple good blocks on his former Mission Viejo teammate while Ashton was in there. Reggie broke a couple long runs, two of them went for touchdowns, and LenDale White also had a nice run up the middle. Sed Ellis and Keith Rivers made big stops for the defense. Travis Tofi also had a nice play where he drove Ross Burruel back into the ballcarrier Andre Woodert for a six yard loss. When the drill was done the team came to the sidelines for a water break and Matua simply put his whole head into the bucket of ice to cool himself off on a warm Saturday morning.

After that came an 11 on 11 passing drill and Matt Leinart was on fire for the second day in a row. He was working a lot on the deep pass today and his first three throws were right on the money to Jarrettg, McFoy and Smith although Smith dropped his (a rare sight). Frostee Rucker had a sack and the biggest hit of the drill came from Josh Pinkard after LenDale White took a pass and got into the secondary. Booty threw a TD to Jarrett on a short slant pass.

In the team drill at the end of the day we saw a lot of blitzes early and the line seemed to do a good job picking them up. Leinart hit Nick Vanderboom in the flat with a short pass and Frostee Rucker, who had dropped into zone coverage, put a nice hit on him. Frostee has been pretty active so far this fall and he said he is healthy. The defense forced a coverage sack and then Matt hit Brandon Hancock before Terrell Thomas came up to pop him. You can tell the players are ready to put the pads on as the contact is getting a little more physical than it was on the opening two days of camp. Leinart hit Dale Thompson for a 10 yard pass on a 3rd and 9 play with Darnell Bing making the tackle. Clay Matthews came in for the sack. The top hit of the day came courtesy of Dallas Sartz who nailed Hancock in the flat after a ahort screen pass. Leinart followed that with the best pass of the day, a deep throw to David Kirtman who was a step ahead of Rivers on his route. LaJuan Ramsey made a terrific play by getting into the backfield quickly for a TFL on Bush. Reggie followed that a couple plays later by breaking a long run and Ryan Kalil hustled down to give him a chest bump. Booty ended the day by hitting Steve Smith on a deep pass along the sidelines.

Other notes:

* Brad Budde was in attendance.

* Michael Coleman has been sitting out practices with his hip injury, he is expected back soon, and he spends a lot of his time next to Steve Sarkisian listening to the play calls and following along with the strategy of the offense.

* In the one on one lineman drills we've seen Winston Justice be pretty unstoppable but today Lawrence Jackson beat him on one play.

* Oscar Lua had an interception in a skeleton passing drill.

* In the warm-up drills Steve Smith caught a pass in the end zone and pointed to the stands. There wasn't anybody there in the area Steve was pointing to but it's never too early to start polishing your end zone celebrations.

I will not be at the afternoon practice so the next report will come after the Sunday morning practice. I'll follow up with somebody who will be there this afternoon and if anything major happens we will post it.


Taylor Mays and father talk with Sam Anno


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