Fall Camp Day 11 - Scrimmage recap

The Trojans held a scrimmage under the lights on Sunday night at Howard Jones and Brian Kennedy Field with some good intensity and hitting. The players are scheduled to check out of their dorm rooms tomorrow so this was the final practice with the complete fall camp experience.

Pete Carroll praised the job done in the scrimmage by his offensive skill players including Leinart, Bush, White and Jarrett but he said the o-line was a little sloppy. The offense committed six penalties, the team had 12 overall, and had one lost fumble.

Things got started in the scrimmage with the first team offense going against the second team defense. Reggie Bush , who returned from a slight groin pull earlier in the week, put a nice spin move on the opening drive to get past the linebackers and gain 20 yards. Leinart followed that with a completion to Jarrett for 18 yards. LenDale took a carry a got a few yards with Frostee Rucker and Rey Maualuga combining for the stop and then Reggie took a handoff with Maualuga once again making the tackle. Rey led the defense tonight with six tackles and he simply brings a physical presence to the game. Leinart brought the offense to the line of scrimmage for the next play and when he looked left he saw Reggie against single coverage with a linebacker, Reggie ran a streak down the left sideline and Matt hit him in stride for a 36 yard touchdown. It was the second time this week that Leinart led an opening drive for a touchdown in a scrimmage.

John David Booty and the second offense didn't do much in the opening series as they went against the first defense. He missed Patrick Turner on a deep pass and a Desmond Reed run was stopped short of the first down thanks to a hard tackle from John Walker.

Bush took a handoff on the opening play of the next drive and had a long run down the left sideline. Reggie ended the day with 76 yards on five carries. Lienart, who was 12 of 20 for 187 yards today, dropped back to pass and hit Dominique Byrd in the flat as Dom had a few steps on Maualuga and he raced for a 23 yard pick-up. LenDale took a handoff but was met at the line of scrimmage with a hard tackle by Rucker and Ryan Ting for no gain. Matt hit Steve Smith for seven yards against coverage from Kevin Thomas to set up a 27 yard field goal attempt from Danelo which was good.

The going continued to be tough for Booty and the second offense as Lawrence Jackson came in for a sack on the first play. John David hit Jimmy Miller in the flat and it took a gang of defenders to try and bring him down before the whistle blew. John David tried to hit Chris McFoy for the first down but Terrell Thomas knocked the ball away nicely.

LenDale took a handoff deep in his own end and tried to get around the left side but Kaluka Maiava came up and put a solid hit on him. Leinart hit Jarrett with a deep slant, Dwayne had six catches for 94 yards on the day, and then Reggie put on another dazzling run where he made Will Harris miss in the open field on his way to a 25 yard gain. Leinart went back to Jarrett on the next play and Dwayne was able to pick up extra yardage thanks to a good block by Byrd on Will Harris. Travis Tofi had a tackle on the next LenDale run and then Matt threw a pass in the right flat to Patrick Turner who basically stepped right over the corner guarding him, Jim Abbott, and was able to gain five more yards before a solid tackle from Rashaad Goodrum. It was the type of rare play that can only be made by someone with great physical gifts and Turner certainly has those. That play set up a fourth down run and LenDale went up the middle to pick up the first, Fred Matua absolutely pancaked Rey Maualuga on the play. Leinart took a shot at the end zone to David Kirtman but the throw sailed out of bounds, Bush took a handoff to the right and made a couple nifty moves to slice through the defense for 13 more yards. The defense stiffened after that and Troy Van Blarcom came on to try a 32 yard FG attempt which missed left.

Mark Sanchez came in for a series and one of his first pass attempts was knocked down by Sedrick Ellis.

The next series for the second team offense featured a couple plays involving Brian Cushing and David Kirtman. The first play was a Kirtman run where he got past the line of scrimmage only to be met by a hard tackle from Cushing. Booty then hit David with a short pass over the middle and as he turned upfield he saw Cushing coming up and so David lowered his shoulder and was able to gain extra yardage as the tackle was made.

The next Sanchez series got started with a long run by Chauncey Washington down the right sideline. Chauncey gained 68 yards on six carries as he continues to be impressive whenever he gets a chance to see action, what a weapon he will be this year on the scout team to help get our defense get ready each week. Mark threw a ball high to Miller and then he overthrew Turner after some serious pressure from Ellis. Scott Ware had a sack on Sanchez which forced a 42 yard field goal from Danelo which was good.

Booty had one of his best throws of the night when he rolled right and fired a strike to Jarrett who was dragging across the field for 17 yards (tackle by Brandon Ting). LenDale took back to back carries up the middle and the first one was a rambling effort that went for 18 yards with him bouncing off would-be arm tackles. Booty got the ball inside the 20 with a nice completion to Jarrett and then LenDale took it in from there with a 17 yard TD run.

Mike McDonald came in and one of his first plays was a 25 yard completion to Jimmy Miller that was called back due to penalty. Mike shook off the penalty and simply dropped back and hit Brad Walker who raced downfield for a long gain. Andre Woodert took a short handoff to the left where he was met by Clay Matthews for no gain. A couple more run plays got the ball close to the goal line where McDonald was able to sneak in for the score.

The first team offense got the ball at the 30 and Leinart went to Kirtman in the flat and he was able to get outside thanks to a great block from Chris McFoy. Leinart repaid McFoy by coming right back to him on the next play with a pass down to the one. Leinart snuck the ball in from there.

Chauncey had another long run on the final drive of the day.

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